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10 Times The Struggle Was Real In First Year

Adapting to life as a university student brings countless struggles. Here’s 10 you faced in your first year.

1. 9am lectures.

And you only had one. Whereas now you have a 9am every day. Back then there was anger, coughing, people sprinting out to vomit, and by week 4 nobody showed up.

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2. Making dinner.

Going to the shop and back felt like a trip up Everest, but then you had to MAKE THE DINNER AS WELL. Cue a freezer full of ready meals and takeaway numbers in your phone favourites.

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3. Deciding whether or not to go out.

Mid-week nights out have a limited shelf-life, but the effort of actually getting ready and going out seemed mountainous.

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4. Washing your clothes.

You were suddenly confused by a world of similar colours, degrees and whether your clothes would shrink in the tumble dryer. Only when the emergency pants surfaced was it time to take action.

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5. Looking good.

Lectures, seminars and even the library appeared like the catwalk in the first few weeks. From then on, getting up earlier than was absolutely necessary seemed ridiculous.

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6. Putting effort into essays and assignments.

You had the fear, but knew you only needed to pass. To try or not to try?

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7. And seminar readings. 

Same as the above, plus you couldn’t let that Netflix subscription go to waste.

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8. Going to societies.

You signed up to ALL the societies at freshers’ fair, foolishly thinking you would actually attend.

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9. Trying to manage your student loan.

When you couldn’t afford to go out because you’d been in your overdraft for a month and a half, you realised you can’t pay for things with your tears.

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10. Dealing with the hangovers.

Nights out as a fresher were like nothing you experienced before – as were the hangovers that followed.  All of the above and just life in general was utterly impossible.

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