22 Struggles That Every U of A Student Knows All Too Well

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22 Struggles That Every U of A Student Knows All Too Well

University: the place you go to further your education, attain more knowledge and make new friends along the way. Edmonton is home to many great universities, but we chose to focus on the University of Alberta for this particular list. It is the largest university campus in Edmonton so odds are you or some people you know may just be enrolled there.

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University is not the worst place in the world, but it does have its moments where students are left questioning why they enrolled in the first place. You gain a real sense of independence and while it can be liberating, it can also be frustrating. Yes, there are going to be times where you have to live on Kraft Dinner meals for a few nights, but we can assure you that the struggle won’t last forever. We wanted to add some humor to this list so that U of A students can relate. Have a look at 21 struggles that every U of A student knows all too well.

You want to flex in your nicest outfit, but the Edmonton weather cramps your style.

You end up wearing your worst outfit on a nice day, therefore you have to go back to the drawing board.


Waking up in time for your 8 a.m. Business Stats course at MacEwan University.

Just the thought of this point already makes us clench our fists like that Arthur meme.


Remedy Cafe on 109th street is always busy, no matter what time it is.

And you have to do a full lap around the cafe to find a spot, both upstairs and downstairs. Then you also have wait in line to order your butter chicken wrap and that chai latte, and we all know how long that takes.


You constantly find yourself telling your non-university friends that you can’t hang because you have to study for your sociology exam at Cameron library.

And then your friends tell you all the reasons why you should ditch your studies and indulge in ¢39 cent wings at Hudsons on Whyte Ave. Oh the temptations…


You have to do the earphone/ headphone volume test in Cameron Library, just in case.

The last thing we want is to be told by a student studying for their Administrative Law exam that they can hear the words from Bad and Boujee blasting in our headphones from two tables down.


It is impossible, we repeat, impossible, to find parking.

And you don’t wanna pay for parking so you drive around the residential neighbourhoods hoping to find a decent spot.


Even when you do park in the residential area, you still get a ticket.

$75 parking ticket?! Sorry but please show us where the no parking sign is? Don’t worry, we’ll wait.


Your dinner consists of Kraft Dinner in a cup because you spent all your money on textbooks and chai lattes from Remedy Cafe.

Seriously, if you are a student and cannot relate to this… we applaud your self-control.


Constantly checking your wallet to make sure that you remembered to bring your student ONECard.

Seriously the most important document you need to have if you are a U of A student.


Trying to find a decent place to nap on campus.

Where to snooze this time? The seating area at Student’s Union Building, Cameron library, Law library or Rutherford library?


Once you find you arrive at your favourite napping spot, you find out it’s taken.

Why can’t the U of A have siesta hour? From 2-5pm. Is that too much to ask?


You ask yourself why you ever stood in line at Tim Hortons.

You wanna step out of the line, but then you remember how crucial that large double double coffee is when it comes to studying for that Business final.


Staying up until 4 a.m. to complete a major assignment due at 10 a.m.

Yes, completing an assignment worth 40% is a priority, and so is watching Fresh Prince on Netflix.


There’s always delays with the LRT.

Next thing you know, you’re waiting at Southgate station for 10 minutes, and you have a business final to write in 20 minutes. SMH.


Trying to decide what to eat at the Food Court in SUB Mall is a struggle on its own.

It’s even harder to decide on an empty stomach.


You have a study session with your friends at Remedy that eventually turns into a tea-spilling session.

Who doesn’t gossip? Just make sure you don’t spill the tea all over those color-coated notes you took in your marketing class.


One of your classes is on the other side of the universe.

Be sure to wear running shoes for those days. Great cardio workout though!


Every time it snows heavily, you pray for a snow day.

If we had a dollar for every time this has happened….


When you’re on the LRT heading to your 8 a.m. Sociology stats class, and you get off at University station only to find that class has been cancelled.

Are. You. Freakin. Kidding. Me?


You reminisce how easy everything was in your first year.

Now that you’re in your third year, you question why you even registered in the first place.


Textbooks cost an arm and a leg at the U of A Bookstore.

Ugh, if only money grew on trees.


Having a social life that’s just as bad as your academic one.

Instead of studying the menu at Hudson’s for their Wednesday wing night, you’re stuck studying for that psychology final.

Camille MacLean

Camille is a streetwear fashion enthusiast, a hip-hop listener who loves to take in the lifestyle that Edmonton has to offer. She graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Sociology and Education. She is a renaissance woman who loves to collaborate with local creatives and ...
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22 Struggles That Every U of A Student Knows All Too Well