17 Times Your Housemates Almost Ruined Your Degree
Whichever degree classification you get is ultimately down to you and only you. But sometimes it’s also down to your housemates.
1. When you just got settled down to do some work but they asked if you fancied a brew.
By the time the tea is drunk and the break is over you’re no longer in the mood to do any work.
2. When you wanted to work in the living room so you could sit on the sofa but they all copied your idea.
You all just end up talking and nobody does any work.
3. When you started drafting some ideas for essays but one of them started hoovering.
You think that you might as well do some hoovering too but by the time you’re done cleaning you’ve had enough for the day.
4. When you were reading a book for your course but they started playing quality tunes in the next room and you had to join the jam session.
You do eventually make it back to your book but your concentration is gone so you give up quickly.
My housemate is playing the soundtrack to my early teenhood: awesome but distracting!!
— Gemma (@GemmaMuerte) May 20, 2015
5. When you planned to make a quick lunch and get straight back to revising but they suggested going out for lunch instead.
Two hours later you’re too full to do any work so you just leave it for the day.
6. When you had every intention of revising all weekend but one of them invited their friends from home to stay and you had to join in their plans.
You don’t want to be the rude, unwelcoming housemate, do you?
7. When you were on your way to do a late-night library session but you bumped into them on the way to the pub and, somehow, ended up going with them.
Several pints and even more “I’m going in a second”‘s later you realise that you’re too tipsy to work now, so you just leave it for the night.
8. When you were going to get an early night so that you wouldn’t be tired in the morning but they wanted to have a film night.
And you don’t want to miss out, or try to sleep while you can hear a film on downstairs.
9. When you started to do some work but one of them was cooking something that smelled amazing and it made you too hungry to concentrate.
By the time you’ve made something of your own, eaten it, and made your way back to your work, you’re just not feeling it anymore.
Mmm, there's this lovely and distracting smell coming from my housemate cooking downstairs…
— pixie brat (@faerywhimsy) June 29, 2012
10. When you planned to start your essay over the weekend but it was one of their birthdays on the Friday and you partied too hard.
Saturday and Sunday have to be written off as you recover from your hangover; no progress is made.
11. When you just thought of the perfect way of saying something in your essay but one of them knocked on the door to ask you a question.
By the time they’ve gone, you’ve forgotten the thread of your sentence and it never, ever returns.
12. When you tried to work late but one of them forgot how thin the walls were.
Now you’re reminded not only of how much work you still have to do, but also of how single you are, so you just give up and watch TV instead.
think my housemate and her bf are sexin again. extra distracting lol
— mother terusa (@teruknow) November 26, 2010
13. When you were going to get up early to revise in the library but they’ve already formed a queue to use the shower.
If your day doesn’t start well, you might as well go back to bed, so you do.
14. When you just got into the zone writing your seminar presentation but all hell broke loose because they found a giant spider in the living room.
The spider gets away, you now feel unsafe in your own home and can therefore not do any more work.
15. When you finally got round to doing your bibliography but one of them shouted you to come see what’s happening through the window.
Half an hour of watching a group of students try, and fail, to fit a sofa through the front door later and your bibliography remains undone for another day.
16. When you tried to work with your headphones in but they didn’t take the hint and carried on talking to you.
After reassuring them that you’re not ignoring them – even though you were – you decide it would be easier just to try and work another time.