The struggles all overachievers can relate to

May 25, 2017
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Being an overachiever at uni might not sound like a bad thing; your grades are good, you never leave things to the last minute and basically, you’ve got your shit sorted. But if you’re a Type A personality, perfectionist or overachiever (whatever you want to call it), these are the struggles you’ll be all too familiar with

You have no free time between all your commitments

There aren’t enough hours in the day to be an overachiever. You take on way more than you can handle – an extra subject, part-time job or extracurricular activity (or all of the above) and the uni-life-work balance becomes even harder. You want to do it all, but you struggle to find the time to fit in seeing friends when when you’re doing a million internships at once.

You take a bad mark very personally

You’re not a last minute person – you’d never leave an assignment to the night before. That’s why getting a bad mark hits you extra hard. You put a lot of time and effort into every assignment, even those annoying 10 per cent ones. Most of the time it’s not an issue you have to worry about, since your transcript is mostly Ds and HDs. But every now and again when you get a C (or god forbid a P), you’ll be pretty hard on yourself.

Underachievers are always trying to mooch off of you

Sometimes this is friends who are just a little unprepared and want to benefit from your perfectly curated study notes (complete with a contents page). You can accept this if it’s your close friends, but when it’s that random in your tute who’s only spoken to you a couple of times, it’s a tad bit irritating.

Group assignments are also your worst nightmare – people can see you’re the organised, overachiever type and rely on you to do everything. On one hand, you’re happy to take on board everyone’s parts if it means getting it right. On the other hand, you’re doing the work of five people in the same amount of time. Oh boy.

You’re always feeling stressed

You want to get good marks, please everyone and kick goals for your future career – of course you’re constantly stressed. Despite taking on more than you can handle, you still want to go above and beyond in everything you do. You convince yourself that stress is good, and is the reason why you score those HDs and internships. But you’re also constantly on the verge of a burnout when it hits those crazy assignment weeks.

You feel torn between five different career paths

It doesn’t sound like a problem, knowing what you want to do. But it's an issue when you could see yourself doing five different things. You could definitely see yourself being a journalist. Or do you want to be a lawyer? Or delve into PR? Advertising looks like it could be fun. What about a TV presenter? The good thing about this is you’ve tried such a broad range of internships and it looks fantastic on the CV. The bad news is you like them all and you’re not any closer to deciding…

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