I actually study Biochemistry
Everyone’s always saying arts students have it easy, that they never have to go to lectures and can laze around all day. But is that actually any fun?
I decided to swap my normal routine of labs and a full day in uni for the life of an arts student: camped in front of the telly doing fuck all.
Will I be driven mad by the endless parade of crap daytime TV? Only one way to find out.
Are you also living like an Arts student for the day? Or maybe you think this is a horrendous misrepresentation of all the reading you have to do for your degree? Share your thoughts with Alice by tweeting @AliceHilborn
18.10 It seems strangely appropriate to be ending my day watching Pointless. A quiz show that celebrates holding the broadest of knowledge. Ultimately, though this article was in jest, it has raised a reaction in many students and I apologise to them if they were offended. That was and would never be my intention. If this experience has taught me anything it’s that society needs both students from the arts and sciences for politics, the economy and industry to function. We can all learn from one another and a university that celebrates collaboration will be a better place. Everyone works to his or her own standard, some arts students may be lazy but so are many scientists. Your degree does not define your work ethic nor your worth.
Now, time to turn the telly off and never watch ANY daytime TV again. It’s not been fun.
17.41 This round asks contestants to guess a historical figure from one clue and their initials. I need a history friend, who doesn’t hate me after this article, to come on Pointless with me. The only person I’ve known is Florence Nightingale.
17.28 Country without an I in it? Best I could get was Tuvalu with 1. Honestly, how did I not think of Nauru?
17.15 Pointless is about to start, legitimately my favourite show on TV. Considering I’m packing this live blog in at six, this might be the greatest end I could have hoped for.
16.38 Anyway, back to the point of this whole live blog…Can I just go on Come Dine With Me for the meals without actually having to cook any food myself?
16.36 Well, that and the fact that although arts students may have less hours at uni, nobody could watch this much TV without wanting to do some work instead! And obviously I know that arts students have lots of reading and essays to do and they take up a lot of time (though thanks for pointing that out to me over and over again on Twitter). There will always be a bit of tension between the science and the arts but in the end very few people are capable of doing both and they’re both equally valuable to society. More so than most of the crap I’ve watched today anyway.
16.33 If this experience has taught me anything, it’s that nobody should be subjected to twelve hours of daytime TV ever again.
16.25 When this is done I’m celebrating by going back to sleep. And then catching up on all the uni work I should have been doing today instead of this.
16.21 After ten hours, a mug of tea is required for the final push.
16.07 Back to cookery shows and Come Dine With Me. I think Dave Lamb is my sarcastic hero.
15.47 My friend who does engineering literally just said “I should’ve become an arts student. I’m incredibly good at bullshtting”
15.36 This is 100 per cent my favourite tweet ever.
@AliceHilborn almost got offended before I realised I was reading your article from bed.
— Riyah (@Reeyuhh) February 26, 2015
15.22 We’re on to Deal or No Deal. My favourite type of game show is definitely one which requires no skill and allows you to always win at least some money.
14.57 Elizabeth’s Twitter bio is “Drink more, care less”. Think she needs to take her own advice.
14.49 Whoop! Just got a three on Countdown, clearly it’s a sign I should actually switch to an arts degree
14.39 Some arts students think I’m being a bit harsh on them. They’ve still got enough time to tweet me though…
14.33 Still watching Dinner Date. Is it sad that given my timetable my best chance of getting a date will be to go on this show?
14.18 My online fan base is beginning to get a bit odd…
14.03 I’ve been inspired by the work of the chefs on dinner date to cook up my own feast.
13.36 My housemates have come back for lunch and started working. Now I understand the sick pleasure arts students enjoy when observing engineers.
13.05 They’re debating on Loose Women about knock-off designer clothes. Don’t know what the issue is, I only shop at Primani anyway.
13.02 Does anyone below 40 watch Loose Women? Or are the girls reading English studying for their future careers?
12.48 I wonder if all this antiques knowledge will help me scavenge a priceless antique from Wills. Probably not, time to change the channel for a bit of Loose Women I think.
12.36 Feeling for my fellow biochemists currently in their metabolism lectures.
12.29 When it came to picking an outfit for the day, Joggers seemed like the only appropriate option for an arts student.
12.25 I think some of the wavey English students are getting their style inspiration from Tim Wonnacott from Bargain Hunt.
11.47 Are all arts students gastronomers? All the cooking on This Morning is putting the fact that I’ve only eaten cereal for the last 2 days to shame.
11:19 Just walked in on the cleaner and got an earful about how gross we all are, I think I preferred it when I had lectures and would just come home to a passive-aggressive note at the end of the day.
11:11 I think I’m getting most of these symptoms from my hangover.
11:08 Some nice scare-mongering on This Morning for all the hypochondriacs out there. Turns out a tummy ache could mean you have Crohn’s disease…That’s a partly genetic, incurable inflammatory bowel disease.
11:04 This Morning have a frightening feature on the digestive system at the moment. They’ve illustrated it by drawing on a model.
10:39 “This material girl had a bit too much material.” Oh Eamonn Holmes, when’s the stand up tour?
10:29 Do arts students love Jeremy Kyle so much because it gives them an insight into their future?
10:08 Is it bad that I just looked up how to get tickets to be in the audience for Jeremy Kyle?
9:28 Main story on Jeremy Kyle “I slept with two men in two weeks…which one of them is the dad?” I would seriously change to an arts degree to watch more of this TV gold.
9:23 They just showed a preview of Jeremy Kyle. I think a little bit of wee came out.
9:21 Blue are on Lorraine? I didn’t even know they still existed.
9:08 How did I ever get up for 9am lectures?
8:52 Do all arts students know sign language as a result of watching so much daytime TV? I feel like after today I might be halfway there.
8:41 The idea walking up St Michael’s Hill right now like I normally would is filling me with dread. Now I see the appeal of 7 hours of lectures a week.
8:31 Just started watching Wanted Down Under. Is this just a prolonged advert for Australia’s tourist board?
8:26 It would seem Kanye West cannot escape controversy after his BRITs performance and the Grammy’s. You’d think he was doing it on purpose. Maybe for publicity? I don’t know, just a thought.
8:17 I would be up by now on normal day, as a pseudo-arts student I haven’t even left bed yet.
8:15 I’m not even going to lie I’m definitely most excited for Jeremy Kyle today.
8:00 They’re showing the trailer for Frozen 2, I imagine arts students are positively salivating at the thought of another feminist phenomenon to rival the first.
7:30 I’m going to enter every competition I see on TV today, surely I can win something? After all this must be the main source of income for arts students after they graduate.
7:22 Seriously more Madonna? I can see the presenters holding in the laughter. “I’ve already watched this 20 times today”, yeah I bet you have.
7:45 Watching the presenters on Good Morning Britain squirm over trying to work out a percentage discount. They should try some thermodynamics next time.
7:18 After Breakfast had repeated their newsreel five time, I’ve decided to switch to Good Morning Britain and it’s on an ad break. This is why no one watches you ITV.
7:17 Just watched an advert for a magazine called OMG! This can’t be a real thing.
7:11 I think they’re just repeating the Madonna clip for the lols now.
7:00 One hour down, 11 to go.
6:57 Did BBC Breakfast seriously just think asking what the green pigments in plants are was a difficult question? Try learning about how chlorophyll utilises oton energy, then come talk to me about difficult.
6:53 Not impressed by the main story about how biology is boring. Starting to think daytime TV is all a conspiracy against science by the arts students. If only we had time to watch it we would realise.
6:46 I wonder how many times I’ll watch the weather forecast today. Already on three. Any bets?
6:42 Russell Crowe’s bid to buy Leeds United has been shut down completely because Leeds say they’re not for sale.
6:39 They keep repeating clips of the Arsenal loss yesterday against Monaco. Excuse me while I cry myself to sleep.
6:37 Turns out energy drinks contain a shitload of sugar…who knew?
6:21 It’s going to be rainy and windy all day. If my life were a novel this would definitely be pathetic fallacy.
6:20 Like all good arts students I went out on a weekday. Yes, going out in the week for science students is a bit of a novelty. I am now desperately regretting that decision.
6:10 Just found out about Madonna’s fall yesterday, seems like just about the most interesting thing to happen at the BRITs for years.
6:02 Turns out breakfast only starts at 6. Proof this is way too early.
6:00 Have decided that 6am was way too early to start this. Can’t imagine any self-respecting arts student being up before noon.