By Nexus
Jul 06, 2018

Pretending You’ll Do This Semester Properly vs. Accepting Nothing Ever Changes

This vs. That

Pretending You’ll Do This Semester Properly

Last semester didn’t go so well. Maybe you’re a fresher who got overwhelmed by your first real taste of freedom, or the fact that lecturers don’t carry you through your assignments like high school teachers do. Perhaps you’re a third year who just doesn’t give a fuck anymore. These circumstances can lead to a somewhat small focus on your incredibly expensive studies. Whatever your sitch, A Sem was a steaming pile of old coleslaw and should be treated as such – thrown away, followed by your best attempts to forget all about its existence.

B Sem is the time to turn it all around! This semester is the one you’ll take seriously. Sleeping in every morning? A thing of the past. From now on, you’ll attend every lecture, workshop, and tutorial. Who needs Panopto when you have good time management and a healthy sleep schedule? Late assignments – no way. Gone are the days where the condescending Moodle screen projects how many days your assessment is overdue in that awful red colour. Why not strive to be one of the people that hand their work in early, scoring an anonymous shout-out when the lecturer sends out that super friendly and not at all patronising email a couple of days before the due date? Iconic.

This semester you’ll learn to say no to your friends when necessary. For example, when there’s a massive assignment due at 9 am tomorrow, but the boys are getting on it, you’ll crank out a quality paper before heading out to get written off for the night. Time management and prioritising is key!

B Sem 2018 is THE semester. It’s the time for self-growth, change, and responsibility. A promise to actually get your shit together and make the most out of the thousands of dollars coming out of your pocket (or the governments) is one that can be kept with hard work and not being swayed by the allure of a night on the piss or new Tinder matches. Being a proper uni student doesn’t have to be completely lame, and it just might mean you keep a few extra brain cells, save a bit more money, and learn a little bit more than your mates. Going to class isn’t that hard right? Maybe it could actually be fun! After all, everyone knows uni is more fun than high school because you get to choose what you study, right?


Accepting Nothing Ever Changes

The amount of mental energy used trying to improve one’s organisational skills is a waste of time. When have ‘fresh starts,’ ‘detoxes,’ or ‘new years resolutions’ ever actually stuck? Embrace self-love; accept your lazy ass just the way you are and know that nothing will really change despite your best intentions.

They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. As long as you end up with some form of degree at the end of 3(ish) years, what’s the fuss about? Employers will choose the people who have the social graces necessary to make an enjoyable addition to their team, over the A+++ person with no banter. So think of the procrastination as an investment in your social skills – an assurance that your grades could probably have been twice as good had you tried a little harder, but goddamnit you’re up with the latest Drake album, can name everyone off Love Island and have mastered the art of drinking enough to get smashed, but avoid alcohol poisoning. It’s a known concept that grades don’t actually matter very much, and that as long as you’ve got a degree and connections, you’ll be sweet. In the end, all your choice student memories will make you be a funnier co-worker and hence more likely to be hired…right?*

To ensure the good lads and lasses at V can keep their jobs, and to keep our adrenal glands in constant use, we have a responsibility to continue the last minute all-nighters for 30% essays – like always. You know you secretly love that little rush at the last minute, and the humour of it all; especially gloating to your mates about how much cramming you had to do. Will you get the same response if you assured people you studied consistently, kept a perfect colour-coded diary, and never missed a lecture? No. Be relatable, don’t be high achieving.

If society preaches the need to love and appreciate ourselves for exactly who we are, then surely it’s time to embrace the fact that truly, nothing ever changes, rather than trying to actually change for the better in the new semester [laughs]. Be real; don’t try and kid yourself. You’re gonna be just as crap this semester as you were last semester, and the year before, and so forth.

The amount of mental energy used trying to improve one’s organisational skills is a waste of time. When have ‘fresh starts,’ ‘detoxes,’ or ‘new years resolutions’ ever actually stuck? Embrace self-love; accept your lazy ass just the way you are and know that nothing will really change despite your best intentions.

They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. As long as you end up with some form of degree at the end of 3(ish) years, what’s the fuss about? Employers will choose the people who have the social graces necessary to make an enjoyable addition to their team, over the A+++ person with no banter. So think of the procrastination as an investment in your social skills – an assurance that your grades could probably have been twice as good had you tried a little harder, but goddamnit you’re up with the latest Drake album, can name everyone off Love Island and have mastered the art of drinking enough to get smashed, but avoid alcohol poisoning. It’s a known concept that grades don’t actually matter very much, and that as long as you’ve got a degree and connections, you’ll be sweet. In the end, all your choice student memories will make you be a funnier co-worker and hence more likely to be hired…right?*

To ensure the good lads and lasses at V can keep their jobs, and to keep our adrenal glands in constant use, we have a responsibility to continue the last minute all-nighters for 30% essays – like always. You know you secretly love that little rush at the last minute, and the humour of it all; especially gloating to your mates about how much cramming you had to do. Will you get the same response if you assured people you studied consistently, kept a perfect colour-coded diary, and never missed a lecture? No. Be relatable, don’t be high achieving.

If society preaches the need to love and appreciate ourselves for exactly who we are, then surely it’s time to embrace the fact that truly, nothing ever changes, rather than trying to actually change for the better in the new semester [laughs]. Be real; don’t try and kid yourself. You’re gonna be just as crap this semester as you were last semester, and the year before, and so forth.

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