The 15 Stages of Writing an Essay at University
There are many stages and thought processes involved with writing an essay. No matter what you’re studying, here are just a few snippets of the fun that lies ahead whenever you have one to write.
1. You begin by lying to yourself. It won’t take that long. You don’t even need to start yet.
Even though that one person from your seminar group has already started it.
2. But the deadline’s on you before you know it and you realise you have no clue what you’re meant to be writing about.
3. Your research is made ten times harder by the fact that all of the books you need are out of the library and reserved for what seems like eternity.
i thought i was in the library but there are no books
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4. And you have to accept that you may just have to base your essay on whatever Google Books previews you can find.
5. You actually start writing only to delete the first paragraph five times because even after all you have read, you STILL don’t really know what your main argument is.
6. You realise that LOTS of motivational snacks are needed if you are going to get through this.
7. Especially when every time you read it back you realise that half of what you have written is not relevant.
8. It’s not long before you’ve gotten to the point where you just don’t think you can go on.
You will accept the lower grade. You just want to be done.
9. And reach the desperate waffling stage where you realise how far from the word count you actually are.
10% under is fine right? Right? 😭
10. You cobble your way to the conclusion, thinking this will at least be the easy part.
11. And read over the entire thing to discover you hate it all and want to just delete it.
So many typos. So many sentences that doesn’t make sense.
12. Until eventually accepting that there’s nothing more you can do and just hit submit.
13. You feel relieved for a moment until you consider the grade you’re probably going to get.
14. And end up regretting every recent life choice that brought you to this stage.
15. Before promising yourself that you’ll make sure the next time you write one things will be different.
But you know they won’t.