It’s that wonderful time of the year again: no, not Easter, it’s dissertation hand-in time!
To be honest with you, despite the inevitable cringe-factor of posting a selfie and status with your dissertation, it’s become something of a tradition for university students, so you will probably want to do it.
However, as I’m sure you’ll have noticed, these statuses can be pretty painful for others to read if done badly. As with everything on social media, there are definitely good and bad ways to celebrate your success, and I’m here to help you stay on the right side of that line.
1. Consider not writing a status
Of course handing in the largest piece of work you’ve ever written is an important occasion to you, but there is also the chance that other people on different courses might have vastly different deadlines to you, and find your status a bit (a lot) smug and irritating.
Writing a status saying how happy you are that is over when you know deep down that there will be a lot of students still sweating it out in a caffeinated haze in the library is a bit of a mean move, don’t you think?
2. Don’t say that you scraped handing it in
This one gets on my nerves in particular: ‘I can’t believe I got it in on time, the printer broke, I went out five times the week before, and I went on holiday to Cyprus – #cuttingitfine.’ You did know when the hand-in deadline was months in advance didn’t you though?
Your poor life choices are no one else’s problem but yours, and there is no way that your supervisor has let you forget the hand-in deadline.
3. Try not to go on about how hard you worked
Please don’t write about all the ‘blood, sweat and tears’ which went into your dissertation, as if no one else has ever worked hard at it before you. Plenty of people have to give up their entire social life in the weeks leading up to hand-in: it’s not fun, but it’s to be expected.
You’re not special for working hard at it, and people on your social media feeds will not be impressed if you act like you are.
4. For the love of all that is good, please do not thank your supervisor
Does this one even need explaining? Unless you are writing your PhD thesis, thanking your supervisor is not even remotely necessary. You’re not at the Oscars now, get some perspective please.
5. Don’t pretend you started writing it in first year
‘Three years of hard work have gone into this…’ No they haven’t. I’ve personally never met any student who knew their dissertation topic in freshers, and you’re lying to yourself if you say that you did.
Bearing all the potential pitfalls in mind, I think the safest thing to do with the dissertation hand-in is probably just to take a nice picture with a couple of friends – don’t write a status, and bear in mind that you might end up shamed in a Tab article such as this one if you do!