Gabrielle is 18 years old and is starting her first semester as a journalism major in Miami-Dade College. She plans to complete her Associate’s degree there before transferring to a four-year university. She wants to become a reporter for a major newspaper or magazine and maybe one day publish a book. She is an avid reader and writer with an interest in Spider-man and robots.
Procrastination, every student’s worse enemy.
Since the beginning of our schooling, we students struggle with finishing things on time. Even I have trouble trying to keep on task with school work, and I’m something people call a “nerd.” In college, everything is depended on you. You’re an adult now so you’re now old enough to do things on your own. You may be lucky and get that awesome professor who constantly remind you about the due date for your essay. Aside from that, everything will depend on you. Your teacher will not be hounding you to finish your work. If you didn’t do it, then you don’t get a grade.
Last week, I had to write two essays—a research paper and six page essay about my five year plan—and both were due around the same time.
In college, everything is depended on you. You’re an adult now so you’re now old enough to do things on your own. You may be lucky and get that awesome professor who constantly remind you about the due date for your essay.
Yes, it may seem be stressful. Heck, it is stressful! I’m surprise I didn’t freak out or cry. But amazingly enough, I was able to work out a system.
Want to hear what it hear what it is? It’s called, “planning ahead.” It’s radical, I know, but if one practices, then it becomes surprisingly simple.
The first thing I did was buy a planner. Once I noticed the amount of work that were taking a whole lot of space on my to-do list, I knew I needed somewhere to write it all down. For me, writing it down makes it official. There’s no possible way I could forget if it’s written down somewhere. . Unless you have some kind of superpower that allows you to remember everything, then you’re going to need write it somewhere. If you’re more of a digital person, then you can post it on your IPhone’s calendar. If you have an app for it, then perfect! It literally can be anything, as long as it serves the purpose of reminding you.
With my to-do list at hand, I can then determine when is the best time to sit down and work. For me, that’s in the afternoon when I finish classes and go home. Now, I don’t have a part-time job so I would just advise you work whenever you’re available. I heard it’s not good to do homework during your shift. Just know the times and days that you’re available to do your homework without having your boss yell at you to go back to work.
With that, I start working. Of course I begin with the easy stuff, the ones I know I can finish within minutes. Then, I focus on the tough ones, like my algebra homework. Be prepared to stare at the bright screen of your computer, wanting nothing more to punch the screen and cry out in frustration. If the work is going to take a long amount of time to complete, then try to divide the work up. Focus on one part on Monday and then do the other part on Wednesday. Also, give yourself enough time to double check your work. Trust me, nothing feels better than receiving an “A +.”
Once that’s done, then you just start working.
From my explanation, it may seem easy. Oh gosh, I wish it really was easy. To be honest, it’s really tough. I sometimes lack the discipline to stay focus on my work or the strength to even start it. But like everything else, it’s all about practice! Our wise sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Word of advice, start it as soon as you can.