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24 Stages of Doing an All Nighter In a Uni Library

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1. You get the assignment and say to yourself, “I won’t leave this until the last minute, there’s no way I’m doing another all-nighter”.

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2. Then suddenly it’s the day before the deadline, you haven’t started, and you realise you will be doing another all-nighter.

3. You head to the library and set up camp.

You’re in this for the long haul.

4. As you read over the work you have to do, you immediately start to panic.

How can anyone do this much in one night?

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5. And it becomes clear to you why you put it off for so long.

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6. You frantically grab books off of the shelves, make lots of notes and try to get the research done as quickly as possible.

Research isn’t that important, right? At this point you just need to write words. Any words.

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7. You write the first couple of sentences.

And hate everything about your essay already.

8. You kill the little time you have by watching YouTube videos and wandering around the library “to clear your head”.

Anything to avoid writing more terrible words.

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9. But then you realise it’s well past midnight. Time to get serious and power through.

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10. So you drink a worrying amount of coffee and energy drinks to sustain you through what is about to come.

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11. And you give yourself a pep talk in the library toilets. You can do this. You will do this.

12. It’s not long before you have a lot of words.

Like. Actual paragraphs in a Word document. 🙌🙌

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13. You read over what you’ve written and realise it makes no sense, but convince yourself that’s just the tiredness.

The marker will get it. For sure.

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14. You make eye contact with other students stuck in the library at 4am and feel like you really connect with them.

You’re in this together.

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15. And at this point you are absolutely buzzing on the various types of sugar you’ve consumed from the vending machine.

16. You realise you’ve forgotten how to reference, but you can’t focus on perfection when you’re up against the clock.

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17. You find yourself having a weird chat with the library cleaners and you’re so happy to have company.

You realise they probably only see students in an absolute mess after all nighters when they work in the mornings.

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18. Then other students start arriving to begin their day.

And you feel a weird mix of embarrassed because you look shit, jealous that they’ve had sleep, and proud that you’ve stuck it out all night in the library.

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19. You start proofreading and wish you hadn’t.

There’s no time to do anything about any of it now.

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20. And as you stand waiting for the essay to print, you have a brief existential crisis.

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21. You crawl to the department to hand it in, feeling pretty embarrassed by what you’ve achieved.

22. And mortified that you have to face the people in the office when you’re a solid 0/10.

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23. But it’s over. It’s done. You survived.

24. And all that’s left is to go home, get into bed and think about what you’ve done.

“Never again… probably.”

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