Things they don’t tell you about: University

You will definitely slip behind on your reading

There may be some superhuman students who are constantly reading, but I honestly believe that everyone will fall behind with their reading at some point. Especially if you’re studying a reading-heavy subject. You have say, three novels a week to read on top of literary criticism and two 2000 words essays to do. You also have to head to uni four times a week and schedule in a social life. Sometimes reading everything just doesn’t happen. 

You might fall asleep in a lecture

Fortunately, this has never happened to me. But I’ve seen it several times. It’s a warm lecture hall, the person may have been out the night before, the lecturer has a soothing, monotone voice and a you  fall asleep. You miss the whole lecture but catch up on some necessary Zzz’s. 

You can’t just slip under the radar

Contrary to what some people believe, you can’t get away with not doing work. If your work is late, you will be penalised. If your work is plagiarised, you will fail. If you don’t get over a specific grade in your first year, you won’t be able to go on to your second. Staff do notice when you fall behind, you definitely can’t slip under the radar at uni. 

Sometimes it’s boring

You’ve picked a subject that you love and all of the modules sound absolutely enthralling but you can’t help but feel… bored. It’s inevitable, some topics won’t interest you, no matter how exciting they sound. 
Going home is the best and the worst

After you finally feel settled at uni, it’s reading week and you’re heading home. Of course, you love to go home, you have a great week settling back into home comforts… and then you have to go back to uni. You’re torn between being at home at being at uni but in the end you  realise that you’re privileged to have both. 

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