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10 Common Misconceptions Everyone Who Hasn’t Been To Uni Has About Students

Yeah, that’s right. All we do is get drunk and watch Netflix. 🙄

1. All students do is party.

The stereotypical student goes out every night and gets absolutely hammered, before stumbling into their lectures the next morning with a heavy hangover, but also planning to begin the process all over again. Whilst this may be true for those students blessed with an iron liver, the sad reality is that most people don’t have the time for that much partying, and just as not all party animals are students, not all students are party animals.

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2. We don’t care about anything.

It seems to be a common view that students live their lives in a daze, unaware of the events around them or the state of the planet. This is evident by people feeling like they have to explain every single event that takes place, as well as their own opinions, because they don’t think that students keep up with the news. If you think that is true, ask a Politics student what they think about the current state of the US and take a seat – you may be there for a while.

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3. We have too many opinions.

Another common complaint is that students don’t realise how great their lives are, complaining about every little thing that upsets their delicate temperaments and kicking up a fuss when they don’t get their own way. It can be fair to say that students have an opinion about everything, but then again, most people do. Moreover, with so many contemporary and relevant issues, it would be a surprise to find someone who doesn’t have an opinion on such matters.

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4. Students live off their student loans.

Often, people seem surprised that a student may actually choose to work rather than simply live off student loans. The misconception here is that students don’t want to contribute and instead want to live off money that’s been given to them by their parents or has been loaned. The truth is that we do contribute to the workforce massively. Granted, some do more and some do less than others, but a lot of workplaces are filled almost entirely with students, even though we’re just working part-time or temporarily.

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5. All students are lazy.

Remarks about students sleeping all day, spending no time outside, and generally having no desire to leave the house are rife. The popularity of stay-at-home apps and websites like Netflix do nothing to dissuade this attitude, but when the same people that criticise students for going out too much then claim they do nothing and stay in all day, you have to wonder if maybe some people just like to complain non-stop. Enjoying a night in or spending some alone time doesn’t necessarily make you lazy.

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6. You don’t need to work hard at university.

A lot of people seem to assume that university has the same level of difficulty as school. If you have ever tried to tell a non-student about a particularly hard day at uni, you will typically be met with something along the lines of, “Oh, that’s not bad. University is a breeze!” This isn’t to say that all non-students are like this, but not everyone understands how stressful university can actually be. It isn’t easy writing tons of essays a term and learning how to reference, give your own opinions, and not plagiarise at the same time.

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7. We all know what we want to do after we graduate from university.

One of the first things people always ask me when I say that I’m a student is what I plan to do after I’m done at university, and I always give the same answer – I honestly don’t know. The truth is that not everyone goes into university with a life plan laid out. In fact, the opposite is often true, with students only learning what they really want to do once they have left university. This really isn’t a bad thing! So please stop giving us pitiful looks when we tell you that we are undecided about our future career plans.

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8. Students are all technology gurus.

This might be more of an assumption about young people in general, but students often get asked questions about how to use applications and technology that they may have never used or even heard of before. The excuse for asking students questions about how to work computers and phones given that they are young and should know how to operate technology is only worth using if the student in question is studying a technology-orientated degree. A degree in something like Gaelic History on the other hand is not exactly going to help unless computing is a personal hobby.

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9. Students lack any independence.

The number of times that non-students will comment on how hard it must be to be on your own for the first time or ask if it is difficult having to cook and clean your flat yourself is astounding. The answer is no, not all students find it difficult to be independent and live without supervision, and whilst there may be a small percentage of people who do struggle with living on their own, the majority of people actually enjoy the freedom of living without their parents cleaning up after them.

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10. Students can’t handle the real world.

This opinion is not completely unfounded with students constantly posting on social media about how they “can’t deal” and how their lives are a mess. It can be funny at times, but has also sparked the very real belief that students and young people in general aren’t tough enough to cope with the real world, despite how much harder life was “in the old days.” Please give it a rest – we’re ready and, real life, we’re coming for you!

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