Rant About Something Said at University

So I’m back at university which is fun.

Well, aside from the starting to stress when I was going online to access course stuff which seemed to be more of an indicator to stop and get out of there, being back at uni is fun.

Wait. No, it’s not.

So university is a thing that I need to tackle with and that’s okay, but there’s something that absolutely pisses me off to no end. I probably am overreacting a bit, but when the following happens I can’t help but get angry, which is on me.

I was at university yesterday and saw one of my current course coordinators.

I’ve known this one for a few years as I’ve had them before. I told them that I was in one of their subjects this semester, they asked about Thursday’s lecture and I told them I wasn’t there as I had to work, which I did. They then told me that I need to prioritise study over work.

This kind of attitude makes me irate. It’s not the first time I’ve had it, but it’s the first time that I’ve gotten it from someone else who had to work to keep a roof over the head and be able to eat whilst they were studying.

Ir makes me irate as both times it has been used, it discounts the whole concept of survival. Plenty of people prioritise study, but not everyone can. I know that this is a controversial idea, but there are some people who need to prioritise work over education as they would rather make sure that they can survive rather than go without in order to potentially pass a subject.

Now this is not anyone’s problem but mine, but still, I hate the suggestion that this whole “prioritise study over work” makes. It seems to imply that no one is poor. I grew up poor still kind of am poor, but I’m doing well enough. I still need to work a certain amount of hours each week to get by and despite what those in higher positions may believe, my survival comes before my education.

At this point it feels like an empty rant, but it really pisses me off. It feels like there’s a detachment from reality. Not everyone can afford to get by without having to worry much (if at all) about their financial stability. Education, whilst being something big in their life isn’t as important as their ability to get by.

Life isn’t fair and ultimately you have to work with the hand you’re dealt with, blah blah blah, but I have a feeling that it’s stupid crap like this that gets said that ends up being added as unnecessary pressure to some students.

End rant.

About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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