Dealing With Criticism: The Ballad of a Final Year Literature Student

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In my final year of university I hear a lot of criticism. Everyone is being pushed to get the final grades they want and deserve, but the journey isn't ever going to be a pleasant one. To progress is to be criticised and sometimes it's hard to want to carry on or feel you're good enough when you're constantly being told to improve. I've been doing a lot of reading on the subject of dealing with criticism as a way to want to carry on with my final year and not fear the future, and here are a few things I've learned along the way.


  • Accept the fact you're not perfect and never will be.
  • Make sure you're putting in your all, not doing a half-assed job because you think it'll be poorly received.
  • Listen to what you're being told and make sense of it otherwise you'll keep making the same mistakes.
  • Try to agree with one aspect of the criticism and feel better for this acceptance, knowing they're not criticising you unreasonably.
  • Let the person know how you feel about this criticism in a respectful manner. People want to help you and you don't want to seem rude by appearing to ignore their help.


  • Take it personally.
  • Hold a grudge, it won't get you anywhere.
  • Ignore the criticism and assume the person's thoughts are wrong because they're not your own.
  • Let it bring you down, we're all humans and humans make mistakes.

What do you do to use criticism constructively?
M x

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