1) Reading is the bane of your life
Don’t forget the glorious reading for all of those non-assessed essays as well – fun times!
2) Everyone presumes you know everything remotely linked to history
Don’t bother going to pub quizzes without revising the entirety of history, you’ll only feel inadequate.
3) No thought is ever your own
Historians have already covered everything that’s ever happened, so ‘originality’ is next to impossible.
4) Dates, dates and more dates
Forget date night with bae, your date night is with dates, dates and more dates.
5) You’re still clinging onto your GCSE and A Level knowledge
I’m sorry to say that knowing about the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the Treaty of Versailles is not enough to last you three years.
6) Good luck gaining access to sources
Half the time navigating Jstor is as hard as writing the essay.
7) You’ve struggled to pronounce historiography countless of times
Even by third year, no one knows what it means or how to incorporate it into essays.
8) You’re smug when you can link current politics to your degree
It’s almost worth £9000 a year just for that smug feeling
9) You’re pessimistic about the world
And you enjoy quoting George Santayana – “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
10) And absolutely terrified to graduate
Have I gained any life skills over the past few years? Do I go into teaching? Law? Anything?