The Upside of Falling Down
Pairing: University!Peter Parker x reader
Word count: 4.3k
A/N: Hey guys!!! I’m so excited to finally be able to post my next series!!! Skyline received so much positive response and I really really hope you guys like this next story as much. It’s going to be pretty different, but I hope you enjoy it. Also, while I have you, let’s just cover some housekeeping stuff: I do not have a tags list, so please please please stop spamming me with requests to tag!!! I appreciate how much you like my writing, but I have it in my bio and put it on almost every update. I try my best to respond to every message I get, and sorting through all those messages just makes it harder!! Secondly, I don’t think I am going to be opening up requests. I’m going back to school in a week, and I have eight classes as well as three jobs. I’m going to do my best to update once a week, but I really just want to focus on the longer stories that I love, so I can give you guys the quality you deserve. I’ll make a longer post about this all later. Let me know what you think about this story!!! I would love to hear some feedback.
You never expected university to be easy.
When you walked up the steps of Columbia University for the first time freshman year, you had known that the path ahead of you would be hard. Extremely difficult, even. But nothing had prepared you for the hurricane that would be your life for the next ten months. Between the all night cram sessions, endless term papers, lab studies, and regular class hours, you were emotionally, mentally, and even physically drained by the time you finished your final exams. As you packed up your freshman dorm, you remembered how excited you had been while decorating it for the first time, and shook your head at how naïve you had been. Freshman year left you beaten, bruised, and with permanent bags under your eyes, but at least it was done.
Now, walking into your sophomore year, you knew what to expect. You knew what had to be done to manage your time and your life. You knew what study methods worked for you, and what didn’t. You knew when it was wise to go to a party and when to stay in to finish your English literature essay. You knew which friends to avoid during exam week so they wouldn’t whisk you off to a frat kegger, and which friends would hold up flashcards to help you study. You knew what profs gave retests, where the best snack places were on campus, the best study corrals in the library. You knew the name of the librarian that would spend his time helping you find all the resources you needed for your chemistry write up, and the emails of every TA for every one of your classes. Unlike last year, you were prepared. You were ready.
But you weren’t ready, however, for the biology fieldtrip to Thatcher State Park, the fall you were about to have, and the unexpected consequences that would follow. There was no way to study up on how to keep a secret. There were no flashcards on what to do if one of your classmates entrusts you with their life. There was no way to prepare for Peter Parker.