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33 Stages of Surviving Your Final Year of University, As Told By ‘Game of Thrones’

Being a final year university student is a lot like being in ‘Game of Thrones’. Just as much stress but probably without the risk of being beheaded and fewer White Walkers.

1. You immediately become painfully aware of how much everything counts this year.

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2. Which leads you to question how much you’ve actually learnt while you’ve been at university.

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3. You’re torn between a desire to work harder than ever and prove that you’re capable of graduating.

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4. And just quitting while you’re still marginally ahead.

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5. The realisation that you can no longer avoid your dissertation is a painful one.

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6. Especially when you realise how many other things you also need to do this year.

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7. Or when you consider that some people don’t even have to do one.

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8. You’re asked more and more frequently whether you’ve thought about what you’re doing after graduation yet.

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9. So you go to careers meetings which only serve to establish things you already knew.

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10. You try and fail not to get upset about the fact that you’ve almost run out of student loan payments.

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11. And that you’ll soon have to live without student discount.

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12. You vow to make the most of your life at university while you still can.

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13. But you can never fully enjoy taking a break from work because you have so much to do.

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14. Particularly once you discover that some people have already finished loads of their essays.

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15. Or that they already have a graduate job lined up.

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16. You try to be more organised and create a revision timetable for the last time.

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17. But soon discover that you’re just as bad at sticking to them as you were in first year.

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18. You have a decreasing amount of patience for all other people in the university library.

Particularly first years.

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19. And care less and less about pretending how everything’s going whenever someone asks.

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20. Working out how far from a first you are makes you feel worse than ever.

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21. But not as bad as you feel when you find out that loads of grad schemes have already closed for applications.

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22. And you wish you could go back in time and tell your second year self to get their shit together.

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23. While shutting down anyone who tries to tell you they told you so.

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24. You awkwardly try to deter any attention from you when meeting with your dissertation tutor.

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25. And genuinely want to write apology notes at the end of every single piece of work you complete.

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26. By the time final year exams roll around you just want university to be over already.

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27. But also hate that it’s so close to coming to an end.

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28. Because you’re dreading trying to stand out in the competition for graduate jobs.

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29. And just generally don’t know how you’ll survive as an adult with adult responsibilities.

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30. Or how you’ll go from seeing your uni friends almost every day to hardly ever.

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31. But in spite of everything, making it to the end of final year makes you feel like you’ve accomplished the impossible.

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32. And the thought of finally getting to graduate makes up for all the stress.

Even if it’s just because you can finally prove you were capable the whole time.

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33. Because you know that if you can survive final year, you can survive anything*.

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*it’s just a shame the same isn’t true for everyone in ‘Game of Thrones’. 😰

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