Uni students: What people think we do vs what we actually do
Remember the good ol' days of memes that came out in the form of reaction faces like Me Gusta or text over images like Bad Luck Brian? Those were the days, they were simpler times. One of my favourites that did the rounds at one point was the âWhat people think we doâ meme â as a law student, this was way too real. These memes tended to be faculty specific, so weâre here with the revised 2017 edition (now with gifs!) that will be relatable AF to all students. Youâre welcome.
What our parents think we do
If you live with your parents, chances are you spend most nights locked up in your bedroom under the pretence of "studying". Your parents couldnât be prouder â theyâll smugly brag to their friends that you study for at least four hours every night and what a genius youâre turning out to be!
What society thinks we do
According to society, weâre all dole-bludgers cashing in our Youth Allowance payments for avocado on toast for $22 a pop. Rather than thinking weâre studious like our parents like to believe, society is a bit more cynical about us â they see us as a generation who are glued to our phones and think we're lazy, have a sense of entitlement, blah blah blah.
What our lecturers think we do
Your lecturers can just envision you now: youâve decided to stay back at the library and do the extra readings for their subject (because although they donât like to say it, their subject is obviously the best and should be put first). Once youâve nailed your answers for the weekly tutorial questions, youâll go on to the optional readings because you just canât get enough!
What we think we do
What do we think? Weâve totally got this shit sorted. We tell ourselves at the start of sem that weâre actually going to go to our lectures and get our assignments started early. We make a pact to ourselves that this is the sem we nail it with back-to-back HDs. And while weâre killing it at uni life, why not kill it at life in general? Time to start that diet and budget on Monday â you'll be rich and the human embodiment of #healthspo by the end of the year.
What we actually do
The reality looks pretty different. While our parents think weâre being studious, for the majority of sem weâre locked in our room watching Netflix. The reason we can dispel fun facts about Queen Elizabeth II isnât because weâve been honing up for our history elective, its cause weâve been binge-watching The Crown. This is only likely to change the night before an exam â and even then weâre hoeing into a block of chocolate and crying, rather than actually doing work.
Optional readings? Youâll be lucky if we even make it to the lecture. But do we have all these ambitions to kill it this sem? Of course! Do we actually? Ehâ¦Â