10 Things You Thought Would Happen By The End of Term But Didn’t
You’re so close to finishing term one and it feels great. But you can’t help but feel things haven’t gone to plan.
You had so many expectations…
1. You thought you’d be more independent
Yet coming to the end of term all you can think of is how much you want to chill back home, eat pizza and let your parents do the laundry. Independence is overrated.
2. You expected to feel superior
You thought uni would leave you feeling more mature and a better person than who you were in high school. Does it feel that way? Nope. University just feels like a grown up high school, but with different rules.
3. You’d be able to handle your alcohol
All those parties at the beginning of uni are bound to build you an immunity to hangovers. Except they don’t. You’re still slurring and stumbling and waking up feeling like death. Now that term’s over you just want some blackberry cordial or some tea while you watch TV in your parents’ bed.
4. You’d have a uni best friend
You see it in movies all the time when someone starts uni and they instantly meet a quirky and funny friend that stays with them for life – they literally can’t be separated. Is it like that for you? Barely. You’re still getting used to your flatmates, if you talk to them at all, and your friends in your course are cool but you’re not quite joined at the hips just yet.
5. You naively thought you’d have managed your money well
By the end of term one you see that money has a middle name: alcohol and food. It’s harder than it looks to save up without starving yourself and not enjoying a few good nights out. You’re on the verge of asking your parents for help, aren’t you?
6. You’d be considered more of an adult than when you were at college
Now that you’ve embarked on a bit of higher education you thought you’d be ready and accepted into adult conversations back home. False. The student demographic is anything but respected.
7. Your cringing days would be over
You look back on who you were in school and instantly cringe at all the stupid things you did. But you’re a rational undergraduate now with nothing to be ashamed of – or so you thought. Freshers’ week was a blur and there’s a few people on campus you can’t look in the eye again. You’re quickly realising that university is all about embarrassing moments, so prepare for a lot more of them.
8. You expected to feel more intelligent
The whole point of this university thing is to be become an expert in your field, wear black robes and impress people with your intellectual wit. Oh, how amazing it would be if this were true. By the end of your first term you feel no smarter than when you first started. In fact, the mix of stress and alcohol has actually made you feel dumber. Or is that more dumb? Help.
9. You’ll have it easy
You don’t. Your life feels like a broken record that repeats sleep, drinking and work with none of that awesome free time everyone insists students have. It get’s harder, but you hope that time management is something you’ll develop faster than your ability to hit the pillow and sleep within seconds.
10. You thought you’d know what you want to be in life.
Again with the naivety, you at least expected to have an inclination by now. But you picked your degree because you liked the modules and the subject was interesting… plus you liked it high school which means you should like it at university, too. The truth is you’re always doubting if you made the right choice and you feel like you’re never going to nail down any life choices.
Here’s hoping it’ll come to us by the time we graduate.