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22 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Worked As A Paid Note-Taker At University

It’s not all free biscuits and comfy staff rooms. Okay, sometimes it is.

1. Your colleagues are forever offering you a cup of tea or coffee.

In fact, they will insist upon it.

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2. And there are always biscuits in the staff room. Always.

Sometimes even cake!

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3. If you are a student, you can work on your essays in the staff room.

Comfy chairs and free printing?!

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4. And you never feel guilty if you need to take time off for exams or valuable work experience.

Besides, you can always cover for someone else later.

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5. Loving how flexible it can be when you’re drowning in deadlines.

Because your employers, y’know, work at university so they understand.

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6. And how, if a class is cancelled on the same day as you were meant to attend, you still get paid.

Wait… free money?

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7. But hating that if it’s cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, you don’t get paid.

Super. No really. Super.

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8. And you get nothing in the long summer holidays.

Your pay was dwindling once lessons started ending anyway.

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9. Actually enjoying getting to attend some lectures you never would’ve been in before.

And you’re being paid for the privilege!

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10. Although, unfortunately, you also end up in some really boring ones.

Time magically stops at this point.

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11. Occasionally ending up stressed because you literally have no idea what’s going on in the lecture.

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12. Or annoyed because it turned out they didn’t actually need you this time.

It’s not like you can go to sleep because you still need to look professional.

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13. The panic when you’re suddenly asked to watch over a seminar for a while.

Um, I’m not qualified? They’re like the same age as me? Don’t leave me????

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14. And often getting weird looks because people are confused about who you are and why you’re there.

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15. Enjoying that you get to see another side to your lecturers.

Especially when they rant to you about things they probably shouldn’t. 😏

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16. And the sense of pride you feel when one of your students genuinely appreciates the work you do for them.

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17. But of course, you get other students asking you to do their work for them too at some point.

It doesn’t work that way.

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18. And you always have some who are reluctant to sign your forms if they feel you didn’t need to do much.

Um, I need those signatures to get paid.

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19.  The amount of times you’ve ended up in the wrong room for a student is ridiculous.

And it will take you like 15 minutes to find the right one.

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20. Or got confused about what you’ve learned for your own course and what was for someone else’s.

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21. And you’ll never get over having to attend “staff development” sessions where 99% of the content doesn’t even apply to you.

Not to mention that you then immediately forget what was even said.

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22. But hey, at least you’re still being paid for essentially just taking notes.

And tbh what could be better than that?

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