Procrastination At Its Worst

Currently a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson University, I am studying Finance with a minor in management. My passions are sports and reading. I have completed an internship at a brokerage firm in New York City, and now am working for an Investment Advisor in New Jersey. My goals for right now are to graduate Fairleigh Dickinson and obtain my CFA certification as well as a series 7 and series 63 license

As many other college students and myself have experienced, procrastination gets the best of every student. If the cause of your procrastination is laziness, lack of willpower, or if it is just the way you have always done things, college is not the place to procrastinate. The first thing incoming freshmen think about is the amount of free time they will have compared to high school. This is the first mistake many freshmen make. This free time you have on hand is valuable time to get work, projects, and studying done. If you wait until last minute to get work done, professors will notice rushed work, which will impact your grade. Procrastination tends to build upon itself, if you fall behind on one section of the class and expect to pick up the slack later on, chances are you will not have enough time because you will be learning new sections that stem from the one section you fell behind on. Being a current college student myself I believe that procrastination is the hardest thing to break away from once you have always done it. My advice to you if you are one of those students is to train yourself to get your work done early, schedule times devoted just to studying. Choosing between your schoolwork and other unimportant tasks can be difficult to differentiate from. Keep in mind that in college it is nothing like high school, professors will not know your schedules or assume you are taking eighteen credits. Professors will schedule work for you as if you do not have any other class besides their class. Waiting will only give the chance for your other professors to pile work on top of your existing work. As an incoming freshman to college I remember thinking about all of the free time I would have on my hands to do other activities I enjoyed doing, which caused me to procrastinate a lot. My first semester of college was a big transition, especially knowing when to do more urgent assignments before others. After my first semester in college I got used to knowing how to cope with procrastination issues, and that was to not let anything get in the way of my schoolwork. If someone asked me to hangout and I had a big exam to study for or a big project to do, I would fight the urge to go and hold off until a later date. Setting certain times aside to study and do your work will help you stay organize and will reduce stress levels in college especially during finals and midterms. Keeping a mental note on when to do assignments or even an agenda will be a good way to plan any extra curricular activities you want to complete that week along with any studying or schoolwork. Procrastination is easy to fall into and hard to get out of. For incoming freshmen, do not underestimate the workload in college as many college students do, a week that you may not have a lot of work should be used to get work done ahead of time in preparation for a stressful week. Procrastination should not be taken lightly, as this will cause you to have more stress and less time to enjoy the good aspects of college.

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