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19 Stages of Writing Your First Ever University Essay

Writing essays at university is never exactly easy. But writing the very first one during first year can seem to be the hardest.

1. You start off feeling like you’ve forgotten what to do.

You don’t know what you’re doing or where to start.

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2. Because you’ve just spent the summer writing nothing more than texts and weird snapchats.

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3. The university essay-writing procedure is like another language to you.

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4. And plagiarism is a real, unwanted responsibility now.

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5. You’re very aware that the last essay you wrote was for your A Level and would probably be laughed at now.

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6. You’re torn between a desire to prove yourself and a desire to stop caring because it’s only first year.

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7. You type the title and then take a break because it got a bit intense.

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8. You start highlighting useful parts of lecture notes and books for references until you’ve almost highlighted the whole page.

9. But it doesn’t help and you just end up sitting surrounded by brightly coloured paper with nothing to say.

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10. You feel like everything you write is childish.

“In this essay I will be discussing…”

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11. So you then try to sound more intellectual and end up sounding even more stupid.

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12. You start to feel like you’re on a roll but realise you’ve just been saying the same thing in different ways in the last few sentences.

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13. You don’t want to be asked how your first attempt at a degree level piece of writing is going.

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14. And you don’t want to know how anyone else is getting on either.

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15. You reach a point where you know and no longer care that you’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.

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16. Or you end up typing what you’re really thinking in the hope that whoever marks it will respect your honesty.

17. And cringe at the thought of what they’ll probably think when they read your perfunctory conclusion.

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18. You wrongly think that the bibliography will be the easy part.

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19. You submit your essay to turnitin for the first time still not really knowing whether you’ve plagiarised or not.

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But, at least you now know what to expect next time.

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