19 April 2017


Dissertation- a word that strikes fear and unimaginable stress into every final year student. I have just exited dissertation hell and have finally sent off, what has easily been one of the most stressful things I've ever done!
For the past few months I have buried myself under countless versions of the same damn paper and empty tea mugs. This week I have spent ever waking moment reading and editing my dissertation because I'm a perfectionist and slightly insane. I haven't had a chance to write anything for today and quite frankly my mind has turned to mush- so instead I thought I would share a few thoughts I'm sure we have all had at some point or another whilst writing the dreaded dissertation: 

Is it really plaguerism if you swap/ change a few of the words around? 

Is it worth it? Do I really need a degree? Is writing this really worth all the stress I'm putting myself under? 

*read the word found before starting diss* I am never going to be able to write that many words, why does it have to be so long? *reading the word count at the end of writing the diss*  shit , I've gone 2,000 words over the word limit and I still have two sections left- why is the word count so short!? 

Have I saved it to my computer? Memory stick? Dropbox? Emailed it to myself? You do not even want to think about the breakdown that might happen if you loose all your work (yes this happened to me, worst 5 minutes of my life before I found the right file) 

The countless edits we've all done of the same damn thing! I've probably rewrote this dissertation over five times. The worst feeling is reading through your work and realising you don't have a clue what you're talking about and it makes no sense at all! 

The amount of late nights and early mornings we've had to do to try and get the thing done! Oh and forget any kind of social life whilst you write a dissertation- this thing is your life! 

Realising that this is the biggest piece of work you've had to do in your degree. The amount of time and effort you've put into this is huge and you should be proud of what you've done! Nothing compares to the pure relief of it being done and being able to hand it in is the best feeling in the world. 
Now someone get me a drink! 

I am beyond happy that my dissertation is finally over and to be honest I'm pretty proud of the work I've done! I definitely put my all into it! So if you are going through diss hell or have made it to the other side- you got this! 

What was/ is the one thing you hated about writing your dissertation? 

Till next time, 



  1. THIS POST SPEAKS TO ME. While mine wasn't a standard dissertation (it only had to be 5000 words long!), it was still a bit of a nightmare. I had the whole 'small word count' problem - I got very into writing about Victorian feminism and ended up needing to chop mine down quite a lot.

    Olivia - The Northernist x

  2. My dissertation was for a chemistry degree so the bane of my life during write up was graphs and diagrams rather than the actual writing!

    Congrats on completing it!

    Starlight & Stitches

  3. I totally feel this girl! I'm getting ready to hand mine in and it's all so correct! Really liking your new layout too x

  4. Wow Robyn, your blog is looking kick ass! I love the makeover, you've clearly worked so hard on it!! I totally experienced all of these moments whilst writing my masters thesis, especially the panic over saving it! I always used to freak out so much when my computer took a while to load it hahah! Bye bye social life was super accurate!!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  5. Omg so guilty of just swapping words haha oopsie!

    Terri / www.territalks.co.uk

  6. I'm about to start mine and I'm absolutely dreading it!

  7. I am starting my degree in October and this has made me so nervous haha! Seriously, thought this is such a brilliant and funny post! - Keighley (makeupandmummydays) x

  8. Ahahahah story of my life when I was writing my dissertation! I wasn't stress or anything. It was going really well actually, especially considering i was doing an internship at the same time but i was just soooo lazy! xx corinne

  9. I'm currently in my second year of uni, gonna go into my final year in September and already so stressed about the dissertation! This post gave me a laugh and also a peek into what I'm probably gonna be like this time next year haha xo

  10. I'm only a second year but we are writing 'mini' dissertations (still 6000 words long) and it's making me absolutely dread having to actually start writing the real thing...what makes it even worse is I have a disso meeting next week. I'm not ready for this.
    Alicia x

  11. Mine was on feminism in stand-up comedy. All the sources were definitely written by men haha

  12. Ahh the word sounds scary even to me haha! Love your blog layout by the way Robyn x
    Morgs x

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