Procrastinators can still prevail
By J1 reporter Maddie Robertson
My palms are sweaty, fingers weak, eyelids heavy, there’s coffee spilled all over my sweater, I’m on my fifth cup already. I’m not nervous. I might look like a mess on the surface, but my furrowed brow and rapid finger motions are a sign of success.
No, I am not trying to type something in a group chat before the topic changes once again. Rather, I am composing an eight page paper due in a few hours that I was given nearly a month to complete.
Yep, you guessed it. I’m a procrastinator. I was born that way. Almost every aspect of my life has revolved around completing things at the last possible moment.
I tried to break the habit. But in the end, I realized I couldn’t change who I was. Something about being fueled by adrenaline and espresso in the late hours of the evening had me hooked.
From that point on, I only became better and better at procrastinating. I would write a paper three days before it was due, then two days, then the night before. I went from writing six-page papers in the span of 24 hours, to 10-page papers in the span of 10 hours.
Not only had I become a faster writer, I had also become a better writer. I was usually so desperate to fill the page number requirement that I elaborated more on certain points that I wouldn’t have considered elongating had I not been rushing.
My thoughts tended to become jumbled as the night progressed, so I oftentimes forgot the definitions of basic words. Every time I would go to look up definitions, I would find a helpful list of synonyms with words that sounded much fancier than the words I originally planned to use.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll never be one of those girls who has the self-control to sit down two weeks before a paper is due and write. Instead of beating myself up for not having a certain skill, I’ll be getting in shape. That is, getting in shape by racing against the clock.
Early submission equals early success
By J1 reporter Allison Martin
Marian girls are always writing papers. Every time you go on Safari, Turnitin is usually the first website to pop up. And do not even get me started on the amount of hours spent on Purdue OWL trying to perfect citations. After writing my fair share of papers, I have learned turning papers in early bene ts you immensely.
Naturally, like everyone else in this building, I can get stressed. The stress I get is not the normal “Woah, I have a lot to do” stress breakdown. It is the “I am going to stay up until 4 a.m. until I nish this paper and then show up to school with a Monster
in one hand and a large co ee in the other and pray I don’t get a heart attack” stress breakdown. Yeah, never again.
Depending on the assignment, you are usually given at least a few days to turn the paper in. With such a busy schedule that most Marian girls have, it’s super easy to forget all the papers that you have due in the future. Before you know it, it’s the night before and you have a 10-page paper due at 8 a.m.
Procrastinating is NEVER the answer. There is no point of getting all stressed if you nd an earlier time to get that paper done. If you start earlier, the more time you have to look over the assignment. The assignment will be 100 times better with more time to edit and make sure it ows.
In the end- teachers will be impressed, you’ll feel accomplished, and your awful sleeping schedule will give you a huge thanks. Save the stress and get that paper turned in early. You will thank me someday.