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22 Mistakes Every Edinburgh University Student Makes

Trying to get a seat in the library after 9am the week before exams start.

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1. Going to Hive in first year.

You know why it's called "Hive"? Because everything in it is sticky and it's full of angry little fuckers that want to prick you, just like a beehive.

2. Going to Hive any year of your degree.

You should know better by now.
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You should know better by now.

3. Thinking a trip up Arthur's Seat will be leisurely stroll.

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Never underestimate an ancient volcano. Always wear appropriate footwear.

4. Pissing away the first two years of your degree and having a crisis at the start of 3rd year when you realise your grades now actually count towards your degree.

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5. Or, studying really hard during the first two years then realising that you should have made the most of having fewer responsibilities.

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Because now you've set your standard so high, you're going to have to try even harder.

6. Doing absolutely zero work throughout the semester except during the one week before an essay deadline and the week before exams.

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Basically, the majority of the first two years are spent learning to manage your time.

7. Not looking at course timetables before signing up to them.

And having to change your choices because you have clashing seminars or because you know you don't have the discipline to show up to a 9am lecture every week.
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And having to change your choices because you have clashing seminars or because you know you don't have the discipline to show up to a 9am lecture every week.

8. Leaving which courses you choose until the last minute.


Never judge a course by its title.

9. Signing up to 46 different society mailing lists during Freshers' Week.

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You'll still be getting emails from the mountaineering society after you graduate.

10. Not doing your readings.

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11. Thinking an all-nighter is a good idea.

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12. Taking sunshine for granted.

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"Why are there people lounging in The Meadows even though it's March and 10 degrees?" you thought in first year, during the only sunny day you experienced until July.

13. Missing a lecture... or ten.


It might be all the way in King's Buildings but future you will thank you.

14. Not taking notes during a lecture.

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Good news: You actually made it to your 9am lecture all the way in King's Buildings.

Bad news: You have to actually engage in it if you want to remember any of it.

15. Taking your summer clothes with you.

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Shorts?? T-shirts?? Only under thermals, 16 jumpers and a shearling coat, mate.

16. Thinking you could go to the 4th floor of the library and not have any distractions.

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Just try and get to the 4th floor without stopping at least five times to have a chat with a fellow stressed student about how stressed you both are. Tbh though you're probably thankful for the excuse to procrastinate.

17. Going to the library after 9AM a week before exams start and expecting to get a seat.

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Most of the seats will actually be taken up by books and bags rather than actual people, but still.

18. Thinking a pint, half a bottle of wine, and a bunch of shots is a great idea.


You'll be utterly wasted before you even get to Hive, you heathen.

19. Thinking you won't need an umbrella.

You will need an umbrella.

20. Thinking any old umbrella can withstand the Scottish winds.

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Scotland is where umbrellas go to die. You need the Thor of umbrellas. You need an umbrella that is a god amongst other umbrellas.

21. Mispronouncing "ceilidh".

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It's "kay-lee."

22. Taking any of your time at Edinburgh for granted.

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Because you'll miss it a whole lot when you leave.