21 Struggles Languages Students Will Experience In Their Final Year
Nobody said final year of a languages degree would be easy. But no one ever said it would be so hard.
1. Fearing that your language skills have already deteriorated beyond repair since your Year Abroad.
It’s only been a few months but it seems that’s all it takes.
2. Not helped by people assuming that you must be fluent now.
3. Feeling really weird about the fact that your friends on other courses have already graduated.
4. And struggling with the knowledge that you’re just a normal student again now.
5. Resorting to changing the language settings on literally everything to make you feel like you’re still abroad.
6. Because you’re occasionally hit with delayed culture shock.
Culture shock is hitting again 9 months after returning from my year abroad. Blah. Gross.
— Abbs (@AbbeytheRose) April 16, 2014
7. Realising that the downside to being back at an organised university is that they make it much harder for you to avoid your problems.
8. Wishing you’d done a degree that didn’t involve as much subjectivity.
Because it’s NOT a good thing, contrary to popular opinion.
9. Not understanding how you can still be so uncomfortable with speaking exams.
First assessed french presentation of final year. I think I'm going to die.
— Laura Jane (@FunkyFlamingo_) October 27, 2015
10. And being concerned that you definitely still use WordReference more than you should.
Can I just install https://t.co/OcylmzW2C7 in my brain?
— Mady Martin (@gladisonglyn) November 4, 2015
11. Sometimes wondering if you actually did a Year Abroad.
It just all seems so long ago and unlikely.
12. And having no idea how you can have just spent a year living and breathing in your target language but still not have a solid grasp on its grammar.
13. Being asked to do Year Abroad workshops for 2nd years and never knowing how honest you want to be.
14. Feeling increasingly horrified looking at the weighting of all of your essays and exams this year.
15. And being specifically petrified at the thought of the core language exam.
“You want me to translate how many texts?!”
16. Trying not to mention things you did on your Year Abroad in every conversation.
17. And wishing that foods from your Year Abroad weren’t so expensive to buy in the UK.
18. Attempting to figure out exactly what you’re going to do with your language skills once you’ve graduated.
Y’know, other than being able to correctly pronounce and understand the foreign words that crop up in everyday life.
19. And feeling like a traitor if you consider doing something unrelated to foreign languages.
20. Not helped by people informing you on a regular basis now of how many doors are open to you with a second language.
21. And, most of all, missing being abroad where final year was a distant blot on the horizon and your only worry was where you were travelling to next.
Reminiscing about highlights of my year abroad. I feel a little weep coming on. #takemeback
— Em (@emzyb_) November 4, 2014