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25 Stages of Doing Presentations at Uni That Haunt Every Student

Doing presentations at university is a nightmare from start to finish.

1. It all starts with that dreaded moment when you tutor announces that your next assignment will be a presentation.

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2. And that you’ll be put in a group at random.

Which everyone knows is code for “you won’t be working with your friends so don’t even look at them.”

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3. You immediately start thinking of ways to get out of it.

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4. But soon have to accept that resistance is futile.

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5. Trying to get everyone to meet up is almost impossible.

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6. And it becomes clear very quickly that some members of the group aren’t prepared to pull their weight.

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7. While others completely take over.

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8. No one ever agrees on what the PowerPoint should look like.

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9. And there’s always someone who isn’t happy with the section they’ve been assigned.

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10. It gets to a point where you don’t really knows what’s actually going to happen.

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11. So by the time the day of the presentation comes round, you’re desperately hoping the tutor will have forgotten all about it.

Which, of course, never happens.

12. The nerves begin to kick in before it’s even started.

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13. And you’re already paranoid that everybody is staring at you.

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14. Standing up in front of everyone is enough to make you regret choosing to do a degree.

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15. Regardless of how much moral support you have from your friends in the “audience”.

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16. Although the nerves are replaced somewhat when the person who didn’t really do any work starts speaking.

It takes all your self-control to not interrupt them and take credit for what was 90% your work.

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17. You open your mouth to speak when it’s your turn but your brain is suddenly blank.

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18. And you instantly regret catching the eye of anyone else in the room.

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19. Mostly because you’re suddenly more aware of your own voice than ever before.

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20. You try to avoid looking at your notes as much as possible.

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21. But then start to panic that you’re rambling.

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22. Or that you’re going faster than the slides behind you.

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23. By the time it’s over, you don’t even know what you said.

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24. You return to your seats secretly feeling like martyrs.

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25. And never, ever wanting to have to do it again.

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