Eight signs you’ve taken on more subjects than you can handle

August 22, 2016
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All of us go through those little bursts of motivation. You know exactly what I’m talking about – you wake up one morning with light in your eyes and hope in your heart. You head straight to your planner, which has remained dormant since the day you purchased it, and decide to get your shit together and maybe even be a little proactive.

In the midst of this proactivity, you might decide you want to get ahead and smash out more subjects than required because ~motivated~. But now you’re a couple of weeks into semester and the reality has sunk in, you’ve realised that you have bitten off way more than you can chew. Here are some of the tell-tale signs that you’ve taken on more subjects than you can handle.

You start having university-related night terrors

Frankly, Freddy Krueger and Slenderman have nothing on the nightmare day where you have three major assessments due at the same time. Despite knowing this, you of course haven’t started any of them because you’re unashamedly falling into the student stereotype.

You aren’t even on Pokémon Go

*Insert token pop cultural reference that all young and hip students will be able to relate to* – check.

But also this is probably a good thing, especially after a new update wiped some users’ data and sent the world absolutely bonkers.

You begin procrastinating on one assignment by doing another assignment because your life is an endless cycle of nothingness

Honestly this is the stuff of horror movies. I’m pretty sure the next season of American Horror Story will have something to do with this. Place your bets now.

You find an incomparable joy and relief when you realise you only have one assignment this week

If for nothing else, you’re probably going to dive into this assessment head first at the thought of potentially being able to have some sweet, sacred free time. However, this free time will 100 per cent be wasted sleeping but let’s be honest – you’ve earned it.

You weren’t excited about the release of the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This is either because you’ve taken on too many subjects or because YOU HAVE NO SOUL.

Speaking of Harry Potter, you’re probably desperately looking online for some sort of functioning time turner

Look, if you can’t find it – which you won’t – then feel free to use what limited spare time you have and put your budding, entrepreneurial brain to good use and invent your bloody own. Heck, if you actually pull it off, you won’t need any sort of university degree – you’ll be swimming in the cash equivalent of everyone else’s HECS debt. Who is the real winner here?

You start convincing yourself of all the bullshit reasons why this was a good idea

Yes, if you haven’t eaten in 26 hours because you are too exhausted to be hungry, this will probably make you slim down a little bit. And no, that is in no way healthy.

You’re gonna start questioning whether this is all worth it

And, to be honest, that’s a question you’re going to have to answer for yourself. While your willingness to get shit done is something to be admired, you have to weigh up whether it has come at the cost of every other factor of your life. Is it damaging your marks in all these subjects? Has your social life diminished before your eyes? Has your Netflix account remained heart-achingly untouched for the past month? These are life’s true struggles, but we know you can get through it.

Jackson Langford

Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Newcastle and is the rightful heir to the throne.

Image: Parker Knight, Flickr Creative Commons license

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