13 Emotions You'll Experience During Your Dissertation

It's that time of year again! College students around the country are enduring the roller-coaster of emotions involved in writing their dissertations. What starts off as a confident and hopeful task for some, quickly spirals out of control as your life is consumed by the evil that is the college dissertation. Just one more mammoth task to go and you are done!

1. Excitement.

It's happening. All your years work are starting to pay off. Your degree is in sight!

2. Confidence.

I can do this. No problem.


3. Determination.

I'll get this shit done and have my degree in no time. Easy.

4. Shock.

You've suddenly realised that there is actually some degree of work entailed in this college assignment.


5. Fear.

You are on the brink of buckling under the immense pressure. Don't worry - you're not the only one who is suffering in silence!

6. Demoralisation.

Is it really worth it? The urge to give up and reclaim your life has broken into your mind. Many students have been talked down from the ledge at this point in their dissertation.


7. Procrastination.

You find absolutely anything to consume your time rather than the task at hand.

8. Cynicism.

You've become bitter at the world. Jealous of everybody else who isn't in your shoes right now.


9. Panic.

Your deadline is in sight and you're still nowhere close to even being remotely finished.

10. Anger.

Why God, why me? You're angry at the world. Pulling your hair out and throwing your toys out of the pram.


11. Defiance.

You finally get your act together. You HAVE to get this done! Yanni's 'Chariots of Fire' plays in your head as you sit down and do everything in your power to get over the finish line.

12. Relief.

Thank God it's finally over. You can feel a giant weight being lifted from your shoulders but struggle to believe that it's actually done.

13. Euphoria.

That euphoric feeling has eventually hit home. You have won back your freedom and your life.


Damien Slater
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Damien is a handsome 20-something recent graduate, with a developing tint of megalomania and unwarranted sense of entitlement. He is a fond lover of happy hour and is a self-proclaimed "expert" in pickup-artistry. With an aptitude for writing and solving algebraic equations, he is currently enjoying life, bouncing from one hot blonde to the next, and hopes to soon achieve the 100th notch on his bedpost.

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