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17 Stages of Writing a Dissertation Every Final Year Will Recognise

It’s been waiting for you for two years and now there’s no escaping it. Here are the all-too familiar stages you’ll experience when writing the dreaded dissertation:

1. You start out feeling optimistic – this could be pretty fun.

“It might be exciting having total control over this project,” you think.

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2. This excitement quickly turns to confusion when you realise you have no idea what to do.

Having complete control over something is the opposite of fun.

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3. Your “research” is initially just halfheartedly brainstorming until you get bored.

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4. Reality sets in when your tutor asks you to present your ideas and you realise you have none.

Time to desperately bluff your way through another meeting.

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5. You decide to trap yourself in the library with your books and convince yourself you’ll have a plan soon.

But you mainly just end up frustrated and grumpy.

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6. Panicking, you try to calm yourself down and think about it logically.

It’s just 10,000 words, that’s like four normal essays. We’ve totally got this.

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7. It’s getting stressful, so you take some “time off”, thinking you’ll soon feel refreshed and ready to write.

Only to realise that you’ve somehow fallen massively behind.

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8. You then begin to feel insanely jealous of anyone who sounds vaguely ahead with their work.

Get your disgusting organisational skills out of my face.

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9. The jealousy turns to anger as you complain about how unfair dissertations are to anyone who will listen.

They’re outdated and ridiculous, it’s like torture!

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10. There comes a stage where either one of your friends is having a breakdown…

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11. Or you are.

“Honestly, I just don’t think it can be done.”

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12. The panicking worsens as you wonder how on earth you’re ever going to manage to meet the word count.

Who has enough ideas to write this many words?

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13. You start to forget what the outside world looks like after months of being chained to your desk.

And mainly living off carbs and coffee.

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14. As the final weeks approach, you have to remind yourself why you’re putting yourself through it all.

Repeat: you’ll get a degree out of this!

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15. Eventually, you hit the dreaded editing phase as you re-read your work for what feels like the hundredth time.

Who thought that leaving all the editing until the last minute was a good idea?

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16. Then finally, hand-in day arrives – freedom! 

At this point you don’t even care anymore, you just want to throw your dissertation in the direction of your tutor and then run away into the sunset.

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17. And let’s admit it, you’ll be feeling just a tiny bit smug about it.

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