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16 Struggles Every BA Student Has Faced In an Exam

If you’re a BA student, you’ve definitely faced these struggles in an exam.

1. Being unable to stop your handwriting from becoming more and more illegible throughout the exam.

2. The physical agony you’re in because of this situation:

3. And reaching a point where your whole hand feels like it’s broken.

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4. When a question is worded so ambiguously you’re honestly not sure what is being asked of you.

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5. Or looking at the question and thinking: “did we even learn this?”

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6. Hearing people already turning onto the next page when you’ve still not written the title.

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7. Or seeing them ask for more paper when you’re barely halfway through your answer booklet.

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8. And yet, when you need more paper, you’re kept waiting for ages before the invigilator obliges.

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9. Reading back through what you’ve written and literally not understanding a word of it.

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10. Then waging an internal battle over whether you have time to start over.

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11. Feeling like you have a lot to say on a topic, but not enough time to say it.

Cue knowledge implosion.

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12. Or worrying you’re just making the same point over and over again but in different words.

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13. Or even that what you’ve written actually seems to better fit one of the questions you didn’t choose.

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14. Seeing people get up and leave when you’re not even close to finished.

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15. Knowing that the subjectivity of your degree means, whatever you write, there’s a chance whoever marks it won’t like it.

If only it was a simple case of right or wrong.

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16. And then having to listen to everyone compare answers afterwards, feeling as though everyone else’s approach was better than yours.

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