You might wonder the assignments that we are assigned to do within a timeframe is the hardest part of your career at the university, or you might think the syllabus would drive you crazy. Most of the time, you are in fact, correct. However, you forget that you are hardening what’s already hard by procrastinating. An euthanasia for your grades.
As an international student I was tempted to explore and experience the culture in the limited time. And university can be compulsive with unmissable parties, gatherings and weekend night outs. The University of Melbourne takes up a whole suburb consequently accommodating a large amount of students. You meet a new person every for sure. And as human beings we do love to maintain healthy relationships with everyone as well, so we make plans, socialise.
This article is not against socialising, in fact I do encourage you to socialise with your mates at least once a day for an hour or two, because it relaxes your mind after a stressful workload. But not knowing the limits of socialising could lead you to lose your precious time that you could invest studying. Because at the end of the semester, piling up previous work won’t help at all. It could leave you to bad grades, depression and in fact lower your self esteem.
Procrastination is cynical, and as a victim of it, I believe it’s the sole reason students today at major or minor universities losing their motivation and confidence. Consequently it could even lead you to bad health conditions through depression and lack of sleep. For example, some of the assignments are given with a generous timeframe but what students fail to understand is that, it is misguiding, say fifteen days today is just over two weeks from now and you don’t start it till it’s the 13th or 14th day, and suddenly you realise the assignment requires research, understanding and knowledge in the area of the subject. You start reaching by pushing your daily revision, which pushes back every planned study sessions you’ve planned so far. And sometimes those assignments are so huge you would sacrifice your sleep for the next two days.
It’s a common mistake we all do, I have done it over 3 times in my first year and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I was given a reasonable grade but I did know I should’ve scored more had I started it before. Anyhow, as a result of pushing your studies, you’ll be loaded up with work during swotvac and sometimes no.. Most of the time, we tremble on it. Losing ourself to work. Ultimately recieving a grade under our potential.
University is abstract, and requires your knowledge apart from subject itself. Procrastination would only poison your grades. As an important piece of advice, to all you undergrads out there, be upto date with lectures and never push back your work. And if you are given an assignment with a huge timeframe, start doing it right away or start it within two days.
I want to take this moment to wish all of you, good luck on the upcoming semester. Remember no procrastinating, and well that includes long breaks. I learnt my lesson the hard way, so here I am writing about it. Procrastinate not!…..