February 6, 2016, by Charlie Porter
Things Not To Ask a Final Year
It’s that time in a third year’s life when things are starting to accumulate. The work loads looming, dissertation and project deadlines creeping, the omniscient real-life approaching… But I’m not alone in my sorrow and stress. We final years gather together and share our woes, discussing the questions that trouble us so. Especially after a Christmas of relatives crowing over our soon-to-be adult life, I’ve decided to make a list of questions I’m frequently asked, and ones that made me cry inside.
- How’s your dissertation going? Oh it’s going…. going slowly past me as I stare helplessly at a word count that should definitely be higher by now. I’ve noticed a unified “Ehhhh” to this question, which symbolises a polite reply but also doesn’t give away how much that question really cuts deep.
- Are you coming out tonight? After I weigh the possibility of what a 3-am bedtime will do to my sleep pattern, and also the fact that I haven’t been out in several weeks that I’m not sure my social skills are in tune, I think I may just stay at home and watch War and Peace on iPlayer instead.
- Wow, this is your last term at university? Are you excited? Am I excited to leave a life where I can lie in 4 days a week? Am I excited to give up my student-deal luxuries? Am I excited to burst this fantastical bubble that I’ve been ballooned in for the last three years?
- So what are your plans for after university? To earn enough money to feed myself and to potentially find someone who thinks I’m as talented as my mum thinks I am, who might hire me.
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