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The 14 Worst Struggles Every Final Year Student Has To Face

No one can deny that uni is stressful at times, but when you get to third year it’s a completely different ball game. You’d do anything to be that naive fresher you once were, partying and not having a care in the world about uni deadlines, exams, and jobs. This is what it’s really like to be a final year student.

1. Wishing you were back in first year so you wouldn’t have to leave uni yet.

It’d be really nice if we could rewind time so we could feel a bit more prepared for the future and enjoy being a student for a bit longer.

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2. The workload increases significantly from previous years.

The luxury of not doing any work for a week is long gone when you get to final year because there’s always so much to do! Just when you finish one piece of work, you’re straight onto the next one. Those early years may have seemed like a doddle but the third year workload is something else.

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3. Which means there’s no such thing as a social life because you’re always drowning in work.

Yep, kiss goodbye to those wild nights out and free time you used to spend chilling in the pub with your mates, because there’s no such thing as a social life for final years. You’ll feel old before your time.

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4. You know you have to put extra effort into your work to graduate with a decent grade.

You try your best to sound smart in assignments to graduate with a good grade, but it just isn’t your forte.

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5. You learn pretty early on to wear the “stressed look,” because that’s all you ever are.

After only a month into a final year, you realise there will never being a day where you won’t been stressed. You’ve learn to live with it sooner or later.

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6. Internships and jobs are hard to come by unless you have about 10 years’ experience despite only being in your early 20’s.

So you’ve gone to uni for three or four years, you work part-time, and you’ve done some work experience related to your course – finding an internship or grad job should be easy, right? Hah, you couldn’t be more wrong!

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7. Everyone constantly asks how your dissertation is going.

It’s going… Not necessarily in the right direction, but they don’t need to know that.

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8. Nearing the end of your degree, you still don’t feel like you’ve learnt anything.

After all the debt you’ve put yourself in, you still feel like you haven’t leant much and still sit confused af in lectures. It’s a bit late now to do anything about it.

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9. The look of fear in your eyes when a family member reminds you you’re graduating this year.

Tbh you don’t even need to remind us – we’re already having panic attacks of entering the next stage of our lives.

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10. And then almost passing out when you see the cost of graduation.

It doesn’t come cheap. Add the cost of graduation tickets, official photographs, cap and gown hire, and your outfit, and see how much you’ll have to spend.

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11. You’ll have to pack up your uni room for good and say goodbye to your friends, not knowing if you’ll ever see some of them again.

Saying goodbye to a place and the people you’ve lived with for years is already making me feel emotional. You were put in a strange place with strangers back then, but now it doesn’t seem right to live life without them.

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12. On an even sadder note, your eligibility for student discounts will soon expire.

No more student discount and no more student lock-in makes me want to cry real tears. We have to pay full price for things after uni?! How will we do it?

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13. Leaving uni means you actually have to be a real adult.

No more uni means no more three-day weeks, no more lying in bed until dinner time, no going out on a Monday night, no daily drinking, and no spending hours every day binging Netflix shows. We really aren’t ready to be adults yet, we just want to have fun.

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14. But worst of all, you don’t even get student finance anymore.

You’ll never see student finance drop in your bank account overnight and be able to splash that cash on a crazy night out ever again 😭😭😭😭😭

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