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10 Problems Students Will Face When They Go Back To University After Summer

You’ve been away from university for a few months now and although you are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things (most importantly, a night out with your uni friends). But there are a number of things that you must learn to accept every year as you return to your second home.

1. Re-establishing legible handwriting.

You probably haven’t written more than a few words a day (at a push) for the past few months and you know it’s going to take a while before you look at your lecture notes and can actually read or understand what you’ve written.

2. Dealing with the 9am starts.

It’s the first thing you search for when you get your timetable. Say goodbye to those late night Netflix sessions when you have a 9am lecture the next day.

3. And then having to cope with a full day of university.

It’s the worst combination – 9am through to 6pm. You haven’t had someone talk at you for over an hour in a while (apart from your parents when they give you the whole ‘this isn’t a hotel’ speech) and you’re not sure how you’re going to get through without adding red bull to your weekly food shop.

4. Feeling like you’ve fallen behind and forgotten everything you learnt.

You’ll really wish you’d done some reading in these weeks off.

5. Being fit enough to keep up at training.

A lazy summer with zero gym attendance will really hit you when society training starts up again.

6. Not having any more home cooked meals.

No matter how hard you try, nothing tastes as good as when your mum makes it.

7. And having to do your own food shopping.

Do you want spag bol this week or not? What are you going to have for breakfast? Is one bag of pasta enough to last you the week? One can of beans or two? So many questions and so many decisions to make…. Help.

8. Paying rent/bills again.

Unlike your parents, the landlord probably won’t be interested in you doing house chores in exchange for somewhere to stay. Time to set up that direct debit again *sigh*.


9. Parting with the tumble dryer.

Not every student has the privilege of having access to a tumble dryer at uni. Instead, you have to crack out the clothes horse and have a temporary obstacle course in your room until your clothes dry.

10. Having to walk or use public transport to get around.

You’ve never appreciated your car as much as you do now. That extra 10 minutes in bed would be bliss on a Monday morning…

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