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    I see loads of freshers threads, but that's now a distant memory to me so I thought I'd start a thread for a bit of moral support hopefully. So the title says it all really - currently in my final year (thank God) and I've just lost the motivation with uni completely. It's probably to do with how dark and cold it gets at this time of year, but the thought of going to uni and sitting through hours of lectures etc for a course I just don't care about anymore is soul-destroying.
    Even worse is thinking about the amount of work I have to do before I can finally leave My dissertation, loads of essays...for ages I was terrified about leaving uni and the thought of what I have to do after it but I can't wait now, I'll be glad to graduate. I honestly don't think I'll be able to get through it without a miracle. So is anyone else experiencing this burned out feeling?
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    I certainly did. 3rd year was awful - I don't know many people who weren't sick of their course by christmas of final year to be honest. I did survive it, to this day I still don't know how but you will get through it!

    I think the first thing to do is you need to slow down. You may have 99999999 essays and deadlines and a dissertation, but try not to think about that all at once. Break it down. Take each day as it comes, have a to do list (make it fun, put smiley face stickers on it) and just concentrate on each task fully, forget everything else. Set aside time for dissertation time too.

    However, aside from work, socialise, get some exercise and have some fun sometimes, you can't work 6am to midnight 7 days a week. It's not at all practical, your health needs to come first - otherwise later along the line you're going to suffer.

    I think what I found hard was that the people around me never knew when to take a break, so it made me feel guilty and then I really suffered when I tried to force myself to do work. Eventually I had to drag them all for breaks myself - even if it was just a quick tea break in the cafe, lunch in town, youtube... It really helps to surround yourself with people who know when to take a break, trust me. :p:

    Anyway, good luck, enjoy yourself, and it'll be over with before you know it.
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    (Original post by -aimz)
    I see loads of freshers threads, but that's now a distant memory to me so I thought I'd start a thread for a bit of moral support hopefully. So the title says it all really - currently in my final year (thank God) and I've just lost the motivation with uni completely. It's probably to do with how dark and cold it gets at this time of year, but the thought of going to uni and sitting through hours of lectures etc for a course I just don't care about anymore is soul-destroying.
    Even worse is thinking about the amount of work I have to do before I can finally leave My dissertation, loads of essays...for ages I was terrified about leaving uni and the thought of what I have to do after it but I can't wait now, I'll be glad to graduate. I honestly don't think I'll be able to get through it without a miracle. So is anyone else experiencing this burned out feeling?
    I'm a fourth year, but in the same situation.

    Im doing engineering, the work is solid and there's just tons of it. Every week there's a report to hand in, or a poster or a debate or something. Plus the project which is worth a third of my marks this year. I have to build an electric car. I haven't even applied for jobs yet (shocking I know) I'm not even sure if I will get a 2:1

    In terms of when I leave I would love to get on a graduate scheme, my CV looks fairly good but I dunno. I find myself questioning how good an engineer I am. But then...everyone else I spoke to seems to be in the same situation. Worried and panicking. And even if I do get on a grad scheme... I'm going to have to move and it will be just as hard work-wise. So basically I'm screwed.

    Sorry if I took over your post and made it all about me, but its nice to see someone who feels the same. Everyone else is just like "you'll be fine", which isn't really helpful.
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    I feel a bit similar. I'm not totally depressed and I'm finding aspects of my course enjoyable. That said, the level of work is just insane, and it is very rare for me to have a day off when I can just chill out and not worry about work. My dissertation supervisior isn't helping, as he's proving very hard to pin down for a meeting. I've been thinking about applying for an undergrad research grant over the summer, and I know it will look great on my CV and applications for postgrad stuff, but I'm also struggling to motivate myself at the thought of extra work over Christmas!

    I haven't even thought about applying for propper jobs yet though! I feel as though I'm supposed to know exactly what I want to do by this stage, but I don't, at all. As much as university is stressing me out, I think the thought of leaving stresses me out even more.
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    I'm working harder than I've ever worked but it's nowhere near enough. Skipped a lecture this morning for the first time this term because I couldn't emotionally handle it, which was a bad idea. I'm also trying to sustain a long distance relationship, which is somehow both miserable, and the only thing that keeps me going.

    I think the worst thing is that between courses and dissertations, part time jobs and applying for jobs, my friends and I can never find an evening where everyone is free to just go to the pub and chill out.
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    (Original post by siani-chan)
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    Thanks for this, it did make me feel a bit better knowing someone else felt the same and got through it! I know I can't quit now or anything, but I just hope I can keep my morale up enough so I can work and get my predicted grade.


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    I think the worst thing is that between courses and dissertations, part time jobs and applying for jobs, my friends and I can never find an evening where everyone is free to just go to the pub and chill out.
    Yeah I agree with this, I haven't had chance to just have a fun night out in ages, all my friends are busy with other stuff and it's frustrating trying to get them to have a break at the same time as me. Just makes me feel even more depressed and isolated!
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    Strangely I feel slightly better in my final year than I did last year, but that's just because I became more motivated because of people around me - I'm lucky. Third year is the most difficult and stressful year at uni.
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    (Original post by -aimz)

    Yeah I agree with this, I haven't had chance to just have a fun night out in ages, all my friends are busy with other stuff and it's frustrating trying to get them to have a break at the same time as me. Just makes me feel even more depressed and isolated!
    Yeah, I find this really difficult too. It's hard enough getting people together for group work!

    Hopefully, with the end of term coming up, we'll have more time for social events!
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    Must admit I felt a bit different, very 'ready to go' in my final year if anything. This was because I had come back fresh from a year abroad and was borderline 2.1/2.2 so had to make a good go of the work. I felt the best way of coping with the upcoming pressure was by embracing it and planning. Setting aside four ish days a week of library time. Knowing what I was going to study and cover on a certain day. Initially convincing myself that I wasn't going to go out - ever - and that I'd cope, before realising that the best thing to do was just to go out, anyway. I fell into an amazing group of friends in the second term too (I captained my uni team for BUCS in my sport), which helped to no end.

    The thing about essays and long winded written work for me was that retrospectively, it was actually quite enjoyable. Not at the very moment when it's 4am and you're jittery from six cups of fairly strong instant coffee, but when you hand it in, you get a decent mark, you tip the books back into the returns bin in the library and just go down the pub to have a pint. I brought forward an essay night in order to go out, and it was the best thing I did. Same with exams. Disposing of the notes after the exam and that weird feeling after you've finished.. somewhat nostalgic.

    So yeah, that was a bit of a ramble, but try and take the positives from what you're doing! I might be able to say that I miss the pressure a teeny tiny bit :ninja:
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    At times yes. I still love my course and find all the reading I'm doing interesting its just the coursework side of things that bothers me. I appear to have got even slower than I was last year writing coursework and not organised enough to leave enough time to do it comfortably. So had 3 nights so far writing coursework when I just wanted to sleep and probally got a 4th coming up. I've a 4000 word essay due next week which was causing me a lot of stress before I started writing it as I was convinced I'd not get it done. Now I've started it I've calmed down but its still far too many words for my liking. Thankfully though I've had time for socialising so I've had time to unwind. (and it hasn't hampered my grades)
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    Literally just found this by doing a google search, in completely the same situation, not enjoying it and i'd rather be at home earning money. Only difference is I'm in my 4th year so it would be a complete waste of 4 years for me, so I feel forced to stay even though I really don't enjoy it :/
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    This thread is depressing.
 
 
 

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