20 Things That Will Make Every Unorganised Student Say ‘Me’
“What reading was I supposed to do again??”
1. Monday 9am lectures are entirely optional.
One of these days you’ll make it in – just not today. Or any day for the next three years.
2. And your notes make no sense when you actually do turn up.
Lots of unanswered questions and important terms IN BIG CAPITALS so you can Google them all later.
3. To you, “Required reading” and “Optional reading” are the same thing.
4. All the library books are gone by the time you actually go to find them.
It’s almost like all the organised people had your bright idea before you did.
5. Staying at home to work is always a risk.
Why would you study when you have an entire fridge full of food? Why would you study when you have Netflixt? Why would you study when you have a bed right there? SO MANY DISTRACTIONS.
6. But going to the library is equally risky.
Just watching all those people actually WORKING is off-putting in its own way. Cue sitting there for 4 hours amid multiple toilet breaks and random walks to avoid the disapproving looks of the people working around you.
7. You always go for the lowest possible word count.
4000-word essay? That means 3600 if you’re lucky. With paragraph-length quotations and footnotes for good measure.
8. Watching your friends being organised is not as motivating as you think.
It’s not even reading week and your friend has already decided on their essay topic, even though the questions haven’t even been released yet. Your role is to make them less stressed, by showing them how unprepared you are.
9. You’re really great at telling everyone you’re stressed.
You still haven’t really worked out that doing your work would probably make you less stressed.
10. You often spend classes catching up on more important classes.
11. Which means you’re always dreading being asked to contribute.
Hoodie up, shades on, keep your head down. Sit at the back. Unless it’s a round-table seminar. Then you’re well and truly screwed.
12. The end of the semester always seems to be a massive shock.
“Guys, it’s WEEK TEN. How is it WEEK TEN already? What do you mean you’ve already submitted your essay?”
13. And there’s nothing like holidays to make you forget everything.
Good luck with coursework, exams and the reading for next semester, buddy. Any semi-coherent thoughts you had are long gone.
14. Self-made timetables and study charts are literally just for fun.
Stop saying you’ll read Freud at 9pm on a Friday when you know you’re going out. Or attempting to work when the Great British Bake Off is on. It’s not going to happen.
15. And all you can do when you think about graduating is laugh.
The organised people have been applying for internships and grad schemes for months. Meanwhile, you have not. You did find a really funny cat Vine, though. That was pretty good.
16. Trying to actually organise yourself is sometimes just depressing.
Writing a to-do list just makes you realise how much you have to do.
17. You’re always the person on the group chat asking what the reading was.
And nobody ever replies. They’re too busy doing the reading, probably.
18. When you do actually get some work done, you reward yourself by procrastinating twice as hard.
19. And you’ve learnt that university life is just one vicious circle.
2 hours of decent revision = 2 weeks of well-deserved relaxation. Repeat.
20. But you keep trying anyway, hoping you’ll get there eventually.
Someone’s gotta inspire the next generation of unorganised students, anyway.