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.
2. And there are always biscuits in the staff room. Always.
Sometimes even cake!
3. If you are a student, you can work on your essays in the staff room.
Comfy chairs and free printing?!
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.
5. Loving how flexible it can be when you’re drowning in deadlines.
Because your employers, y’know, work at university so they understand.
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?
7. But hating that if it’s cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, you don’t get paid.
Super. No really. Super.
8. And you get nothing in the long summer holidays.
Your pay was dwindling once lessons started ending anyway.
9. Actually enjoying getting to attend some lectures you never would’ve been in before.
And you’re being paid for the privilege!
10. Although, unfortunately, you also end up in some really boring ones.
Time magically stops at this point.
11. Occasionally ending up stressed because you literally have no idea what’s going on in the lecture.
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.
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????
14. And often getting weird looks because people are confused about who you are and why you’re there.
15. Enjoying that you get to see another side to your lecturers.
Especially when they rant to you about things they probably shouldn’t. 😏
16. And the sense of pride you feel when one of your students genuinely appreciates the work you do for them.
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.
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.
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.
20. Or got confused about what you’ve learned for your own course and what was for someone else’s.
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.
22. But hey, at least you’re still being paid for essentially just taking notes.
And tbh what could be better than that?