19 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’ve Left Your Dissertation ‘Til The Last Minute
You only have yourself to blame. But still. It’s the absolute worst.
1. Each time someone brings up the final hand-in date you become increasingly anxious.
2. Because you can’t even fathom how you will write 7000+ words in… approximately 0 days.
3. You’ve resorted to just completely avoiding your dissertation supervisor.
For fear of having to disappoint them when they see the progress you’ve (not) made.
4. You can’t lie to them any more about how much you’ve written, so you’ve just stopped replying to their emails.
I may have made a teensy little exaggeration on how much progress I've done on my dissertation and my supervisor wants to see it on thursday
— Matt "A GOAT" Viner (@MatthewViner) June 28, 2016
5. And if your parents concernedly ask how things are going one more time you may actually snap.
Nothing 👏 to 👏 report 👏 thanks 👏 let 👏 me 👏 live
6. Social media has become your worst nightmare.
It is increasingly saturated with dissertation selfies.
7. You feel nothing but envy and panic when you notice anyone printing in the library.
Maybe it’s not their dissertation. But it’s just a cruel reminder of how soon you’re supposed to be printing your dissertation.
8. And you really resent how much you’ll have to pay to print something that has caused you so much emotional pain.
Have we not suffered enough already.
Gonna have to take a pay day loan out to afford to print this dissertation!
— Dan (@danleedham1) March 29, 2017
9. You now can’t fully enjoy a night out without feeling guilty.
But the only things keeping you sane are nights out, naps, coffee and a fuckload of carbs.
10. And you can’t be excited about the Easter break, because it isn’t a break.
Most stressful holiday ever. Literally the opposite of a holiday.
11. You regularly find yourself thinking back to the lectures you had last year when you were told to make a start on your research.
They made such a big deal of how you shouldn’t leave it ’til the last minute.
12. And all you can do now is ask yourself “why must I be this way???”
13. You realise you probably shouldn’t have spent several days designing the contents page and cover sheet.
Probs wasn’t necessary. Probs should’ve just written some actual words 🙂🙂🙂
14. You fluctuate between the belief you can conquer this.
You’ve done things last minute before. You’ll pull it out of the bag.
15. Then having a proofread of what you’ve written so far, only to realise you cannot conquer this.
You have moments where you’d quite like to change your topic altogether, but the time for that has well and truly gone.
16. And you’ve accepted that you’re just going to have to settle for submitting something you know could be better.
Just thesaurus the shit out of it to make it sound intelligent… and hope for the best? Maybe they won’t read it that closely.
17. You have mixed feelings about finally reaching the end of it.
On the one hand: some of your friends are already finished and you just want it to be over. On the other: finishing your diss basically means finishing uni and you aren’t ready for that.
18. And you can’t even really imagine what life post-dissertation is like.
Was there a time when these 1000s of words weren’t hanging over me? What was it like? Was I happy then?
19. But ultimately, you’re just living to take that dissertation selfie and sleep for a very long time.