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20 Stages of Being a University Student, As Told By ‘Alice In Wonderland’

Sometimes being at university is exactly like being in Alice In Wonderland. Curioser and curioser.

1. In spite of all the open days and advice, starting university felt like falling down a giant rabbit hole.

You suddenly find yourself in an unfamiliar world of Turnitin, Pot Noodles, and responsibility.

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2. Your life suddenly becomes a never-ending Caucus Race of trying to make deadlines.

Finish one, begin another. Try not to cry.

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3. And consuming questionable substances.

“It doesn’t say poison…”

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4. You find it hard to adapt to life away from home.

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5. And particularly struggle to fend for yourself in the kitchen.

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6. Until you realise you just need to lower your standards.

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7. You become a natural at justifying any excuse for a party.

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8. But you become terrible at keeping track of time.

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9. You quickly learn the unwritten rules of lectures and seminars.

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10. And know how to react appropriately whenever someone has the audacity to request one of your library books.

It’s been sitting unopened on my desk for three weeks, but still.

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11. Your approach to education quickly changes from this:

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12. To this:

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13. And you occasionally question whether you’re really doing the right degree.

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14. More and more frequently, you find yourself promising to try a little harder.

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15. But it very rarely happens.

Something you regret when your essay deadline’s 12 hours away and you’ve only written 600 words.

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16. You’ll invariably end up in at least one serious house meeting.

As much as you love your housemates.

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17. And you’ll grow increasingly tired of being asked about your future.

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18. The further through university you get, the more essays and exams start bringing you down.

Not that you’ll admit it if anyone asks.

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19. And yet, the closer you get to graduation, the more you consider doing a Master’s.

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20. Because by the end of university, entering graduate life is essentially falling back down the rabbit hole all over again.

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