Becky '15 is a contributor to "The Daily Dose," a student run e-publication. Recently she shared some "advice" for students as the newness of the school year wears off...
It’s the second week of school. You’re tired. Your tan is fading. You realize that you’ve forgotten how to annotate and factor and maybe even read. You have no idea how you’re going to make it through the next nine months of binders and textbooks and spiral notebooks. But I have some wisdom to share with you, some advice that’ll make everything ok. And here it is:
The key to academic success is
P R O C R A S T I N A T I O N
REALLY, IT IS
Now, I know what you’re thinking, especially all you overachievers out there.
“Procrastination is terrible!” “Procrastination is evil!” Procrastination is ruining America’s youth!”
But you’re wrong. Procrastination is a good thing. In fact, procrastination is a beautiful thing. It is a shining beacon of light and hope and joy. Procrastination made me who I am today. I believe that true creativity can only flourish in times of procrastination. Once, while avoiding writing an abstract for my sophomore year research paper, I designed a car that ran entirely on iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Just this past week, instead of studying for my math test, I created a life-size replica of Mr. Quinn made entirely of jelly beans and Snapple caps. Rather than rehearse my Spanish presentation, I actually spent the last two hours writing and illustrating a children’s book about the innumerable hardships of being a squirrel on Peddie’s campus.
Obviously, you get the point; procrastination leads to greatness. And you, too, can achieve that greatness! I guarantee it. Anything is possible when you put your mind to something, and then avoid it for 8 to 12 hours. So throw that math homework under your bed and toss that English reading out the window. The real work begins now.
And, I’ll let you in on a secret. Instead of doing my work last night, I wrote the