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Income The Post Submitting Essay Woe?

Annika Sirikulthada Thailand
Annika Sirikulthada | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Annika

Immediately after pressing the submit button for my first ever university essay, a feeling of relief surged through me; no longer would I have to spend my nights scouting for additional references and my minutes scanning the document for punctuation errors. However, this feeling was soon replaced with one ladened with nerves and anxiety – Tablua’s permission to submit an essay countless times soon appeared very inviting. Minutes before the official deadline, I found myself pondering over the decision to scrap my entire essay and to upload a new and improved version. But, judging from the looks on my classmate’s faces after the submission, I can conclude that I was not alone in this boat of unknown. So, after having time to reflect on this process, I’ve decided to congregate some useful tips and tricks to help wash away your post-essay blues: 


  1. Strive not for perfection but for understanding: I will admit that this is much easier said than done – especially in the social sciences where the availability of sources and references are endless. Not only would it be unrealistic to refer to as many data sources and researchers as possible but it would also be impractical. Thus, once you have submitted your essay and begin conversations with your friends about their distinct options for sources; do not be alarmed! Have faith in your understanding and accept that it is only natural for your friends to have a different structural and writing approach to the essay.

  2. Be openly critical with yourself: As this was your first university essay, the chances of you scoring full marks may be slightly low – although if you are reading this and have just done so then props to you! But, for the majority of us, this first assessment process in a new challenging environment of academia should provide us with much to learn from. Whether this was time management or linking back to the questions’ wording, we should all openly accept the areas for improvement in the process of writing this essay and apply it to the next process (which for many of you should have already started). 

  3. Make sure you relax before trekking up the next essay writing mountain: Enjoy yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate and a classic episode of friends and don’t go critically reading your essay after the submission; this may increase your nerves and make you start regretting your decisions. Instead, you can spend some time with friends, call up your parents or cook yourself a nice meal before you begin climbing up the next and tiring mountain of essay writing. 


Hopefully, these tips will help you with your post-essay submitting blues and please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions! Thank you for reading 🙂 

Annika Sirikulthada Thailand
Annika Sirikulthada | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Annika

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