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How Are You: A Series of Questions That Should Never Be Asked to University Students

I asked university students to tell me their least favourite questions to be asked, here’s the struggle of being a university student, presented to you, by real and legit university students.

How’s your GPA?

This question is a big if not the biggest no no to ask a university student, because odds are, that the person that you’re asking is a normal person that procrastinates and chooses friends over textbooks and piles of work. That, you do not want. Because oftentimes you probably won’t get a straight-forward answer, unless the person got a crazy high GPA, which is likely but rare for most of us. Most of the time, you’ll just get a topic change really quick and probably start talking about how pretty the grey carpet on the ground is.

What are you majoring in?

Especially for U0 students, this is the most annoying question to be asked. As U0 students, we’re able to take this year and not think about fulfilling degree requirements with a specific grade and not think about the major and minor cocktails we have to curate to have the perfect mixture between the usefulness of our degree and our own interests. Even in U1 or sometimes U2, people will be in the middle of an existential crisis and feel like everything they’ve done already is off track and want to start over. This is never a good question to ask, it’s too general. You’ll usually be answered with “I’m in arts” or “I’m really interested in political science”.

On second thought, this may just be an arts student thing, science, music and management students seem to know what they want to major in the second they get accepted.


When was the last time you slept for 8 hours?

This. Just never ask this question. Because it’s so extremely likely that the person that you’re talking to didn’t sleep for 8 hours. This is either because they’re in school and they just couldn’t, or they just can’t anymore, they may have just lost the ability to be able to sleep for more than 6 because they hadn’t done it in so long. This question may just trigger the sleep deprivation rant that they’ve tried to keep in since they started their day.

When was the last time you slept in or woke up without an alarm?

Nine times out of ten, the answer will be: hmm… I don’t actually remember… maybe before frosh?


Are you working this summer, have you found a job yet?

I realize that this is a nice conversation starter because there are so many different directions you can go with this. You can ask where you’re going to work and why and how and everything. But to a university student, it just adds to the pressure, because this means that they’d have to start thinking about their summer job but they still have midterms and finals and term papers and…

How’s your roommate(s), do you get along?

Most of the time, just know that the answer is going to be no. And it’s going to be followed up by some crazy stories that you may or may not want to know about.


Do you go out a lot?

Yes, probably yes. But I’m not going to tell you that, not when Aunt Betty’s standing three steps away from you. (Or anyone remotely similar for that matter)


How do you study, can you teach me how to be efficient?

I know I go to McGill, but no. Not because I’m being petty or trying to be cool. It’s just because, I’m also trying to figure my life out. You really thought you were top of the class until you came to McGill, then you realize how many smart people there actually are.


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Catherine Ke

McGill '21

Catherine is a second-year student in Honours Linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, QC. She is an Editor as well as a Contributing Writer for Her Campus. She loves travelling, food, and learning languages, her life goal is to live in a different place every 3 years and try out all the different kinds food in the world. Follow her journey on Instagram at: @cat.zw.ke
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