It’s inevitable isn’t it? Almost three years of your University life and the campus computers have never caused you a problem. Then, like magic, with two essays and your dissertation due within days of each other, the systems go down. Firstly, the U-Drive decides not to save the 100 words you struggled for three hours to write. You contact the IT department, and whilst they’re very helpful, they can’t resurrect your work from the literary grave. Secondly, TurnitIn decides it will take 24 hours to upload your dissertation. Thirdly, and the thing that almost gave me a hernia, the research website decides to present you with the words FATAL ERROR one week before deadline.
This is the position I recently found myself in. Our Uni Facebook group was inundated with notifications from irate students (myself included!) I mean, you can just do without that sort of stress when you’re already drowning in a sea of Nineteenth-Century women and the daunting prospect of what you’re actually going to do with your life. Now don’t get me wrong, I sat at my desk and considering throwing my much needed cup of coffee through the window, but as good as it might have momentarily felt, it wouldn’t have resolved my issue. My advice? Simple and obvious: keep calm. Contact the Uni, library, tutors, whoever you think might be able to help. I had to contact five people through email, one via telephone and one via instant chat before my seminar group was granted a one week extension via email. Within minutes, the Facebook group was once again pinging with notifications, but this time they were of relief and gratitude.
The important thing to remember is, whilst technology may not always be on your side, your lecturers are.