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17 tell-tale signs someone studied Arts at college

Greek and Roman Civilisations. So handy.

SO THE CAO offers are out, and Arts and Social Sciences are top of the list.

The subjects contained within those disciplines are wide and varied, from Theology to Statistics, from Drama to Psychology and from Music to Environmental Policy.

With so many Arts graduates knocking around (plenty of and staff included), we’ve put together this handy list to help you to spot one…

1. They have a battered copy of Ulysses on their shelf…

… and might have even read it.

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2. The get regular phone calls from their parents…

… asking them again what they studied.

3. If you tell them a personal problem…

… they might use that one semester of psychology to assess your mental state.

4. They still claim they were right about never needing maths…

… and still shudder at the thought of sin, cos and tan.

5. They make a vain attempt to order a pizza in Latin…

… just to make them feel like those three years studying Latin weren’t a complete waste of time.

6. They know the Harvard referencing method inside out…

… to the point that they sometimes use it in emails by mistake.

7. They write Kandinsky quotes on birthday cards…

… and try to ignore the eye rolls.

8. They find it hard to adjust to working 40 hours a week…

… after thinking that 13 hours of lectures a week was a bit much.

9. They constantly speak of a mystical place called the Arts Block…

… and the craic they used to have there.

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10. They examine old vases at flea markets…

…just in case they can identify them using that Meseopotamian archaeology class they took.

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11. They can make a cup of coffee last 3 hours…

… and share one bit of cake between five people.

12. They’ve all done post graduate degrees…

… so that they’re actually qualified to “do” something

13. They think they know what post modern means…

… but they don’t.

14. They’ve mastered the art of pretending to read an important book…

… but only ever reading a few key paragraphs and bluffing the rest*.

(*hmm, maybe they haven’t read that copy of Ulysses after all!)

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15. They lied about liking Good Will Hunting…

… because they recognised way too many of their classmates in this guy:


16. They took three years of Japanese…

… and so are insufferable in sushi restaurants.

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17. They don’t like being slagged for being an arts student…

… so we’re very sorry. Here’s a cat saying hello:

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Emer McLysaght

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