Student Voices is a WOA blog feature that presents the experiences and viewpoints of current Arts students. Through their posts, you’ll experience the creativity and passion of our students as they present glimpses into student life. The views and opinions expressed within these posts are solely those of the authors.
As the winter semester begins, I remind myself that it’s crunch time. Many of you who are reading are still in your first or second years, with time to figure out who you are as students.
Goals constantly shift throughout our time in university, which then informs what kind of students these goals require us to be. But I’m nearing the end of my undergraduate years. It’s my final lap, and though plenty of mistakes have been made in the past, this is where it can really count.
My goal? At this point, I believe my dream is grad school, another step in my post-secondary education. This means that I need to improve as a student, harness my focus and excel at my courses. Nothing has stopped me from being a good student – I’m lucky enough to have great professors and wonderful friends who like discussing my classes with me. But it’s that fickle little thing that gets in the way: procrastination.
Procrastination is really a universal experience that students bond over.
It’s quite funny if you think about it. The rushed nights of typing everything that pops into your mind to reach the essay word count, the existential crises at 3 a.m. in the morning. Procrastination is really a universal experience that students bond over.
But all jokes aside, procrastination can be detrimental to your academic career. It’s a real issue affecting students, preventing them from not only doing well in their classes, but more importantly, it prevents them from living out their true potential. I don’t think procrastination necessarily defines your value as a student. Nor could it ever judge your intelligence. But it IS something that hinders your ability to really shine as excellent students. So why do we do it?
For me, I procrastinated simply because I saw school as a chore. For many of the people I knew, classes were a means to an end, a way to get grades and boost your GPA. I despised this way of thinking. I could never convince myself to study or write for the sake of a grade – I had to feel fully connected with what I was learning. While some of my classes allowed for critical thinking, assignments seemed to be tedious chores as opposed to a way for me to learn.
By the time I found myself in classes that I felt truly passionate about, procrastination had become a habit and my grades suffered, even though I learned so much. Through all the ups and downs, I think I figured out what I needed – passion and that extra push to get my work done. The first half is more or less complete; now the work begins. Bad habits still persist, but I’m pushing against the non-committal attitude I had towards school. It’s a continual fight, and I imagine I’ll be making many mistakes, but the point is to keep on keeping on and striving toward my aspirations.
Procrastination is the name of game, and I won’t let it prevent me from reaching my goals. To any students who feel stuck in this detrimental cycle, you’re not alone. Keep on working towards breaking this habit. Every step counts.