The feels only students doing double degrees will understand

March 15, 2017
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That #dublyf seems like a good idea when you first enrol. You got the marks, so why not give it a go? It’ll give you double the experience and double the opportunities when you leave uni… right? Although it has its perks, the double degree has its fair share of struggles that you’ll understand if you’ve taken on the four, five or six-year beast.

You’re expected to master two different types of referencing

In high school, you were probs taught a specific type of referencing. Teachers would constantly drill into your brain that their way was the right way. Then you get to uni and it’s different once again. If you’ve taken on a double degree combo like Arts and Law, it’ll mean two completely different types of referencing. It's stressful enough getting one style down pat when you know you could lose marks if you don’t use the right punctuation or put italics, quotations and periods in the wrong place. When you have two majors, you'll inevitably mix the two up.

You refuse to look at how much HECS debt you’re racking up

Double the subjects means double the cost. While you might be taking on the double degree to increase your chances of landing a job straight after uni, studies say you only have a slightly better chance than your single-degree compadres. If exchange is on the cards for you, prepare for that HECS debt to get even larger. But oh well – that’s a problem for future you, right?

You feel constantly torn between career paths

You thought it would give you more options, but it’s only made you more confused. It might also mean double the internships if you want to get experience for both degrees. For some of you, doing two degrees will actually give you clarity and help you determine what you want to do with your life. But if you’re anything like me, you might change your mind every week on which one you’re going to pursue and which one you’re going to drop. If you’re lucky, you might find both of your degrees are useful to your future career.

Watching your friends leave after three years is also a conflicting feeling

You’ll defs feel torn – part of you wants to be done with assignments, exams and boring lectures forever. The day you finish that last exam will defs warrant a party of epic proportions. You can’t help but feel envious of your friends as they don the graduation hats and say goodbye to that povo student life forever.

Buuuuut on the other hand, you might find yourself not quite ready to enter the real world yet. The long holidays and minimal contact hours are hard to let go of when the alternative facing you in the near future is nine-to-five, Monday to Friday with four weeks annual leave. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if you had to stay a couple more years…

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