1. Four out of my five cups/mugs have tea stains in them. And yes, I need to have all five cups.
2. The things I use frequently, if not on my desk, are on the floor. The shelf is for things I never touch.
3. The floor is divided into zones. The zone to the left of my chair is for school-related things, such as notes I should be making right now. The zone to my right happened when I was cleaning out my room at the beginning of the school year, originally being my “recycling pile”.
4. Socks and underwear are some of my favorite presents to receive. It means I get to delay the next time I have to do laundry.
5. The note-taking software I use has my own custom auto-correct. I realized I could no longer be bothered to write words such as polymerize, phosphorylate, and amino acids.
6. I have post-its with to-do lists stuck on my laptop. Because that puts them in my face and I have no choice but to face my responsibilities.
7. The privilege to buy lunch on campus needs to be earned. If it isn’t, I will think about it five times before I purchase a single cup of coffee.
8. My phone has not been fully functional since the end of August. It is now almost November. I’ve gone a month having my phone constantly shut down if I sent more than two text messages, two weeks leaving the house without a phone, and a week trying to hold it together desperately. I don’t know how I’m living like this but I am.
9. The money in my bank account is not actually mine. This wonderful thing called student loans has allowed me to feel rich for the short while before I have to pay it all back. Plus interest.
10. While I want all this to be over soon so I can relax at home, be fed properly, and eat a heap of chocolate during Christmas time, I feel ripped off because the actual time I spend being taught is so short.