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Destination: Procrastination

Justin Tardiff | Friday, September 25, 2009

Procrastination – something that everyone does at some point in their college career. It’s inevitable. We all have to put off doing something to tomorrow at least once. Living with three other girls, I’ve come to realize that procrastination comes in different forms, and while I won’t name my roommates directly, each of them (including myself) takes on a different role.The four main groups of procrastination are as follows:The “Pro-procrastinator”: This is the person that actually enjoys procrastination, knows that they are doing it, and doesn’t really care. We’ll call this roommate “Wendy.” Wendy has the ability to procrastinate just about anything. Her most amazing feat would have to be procrastinating a 10 page paper until the night before it was due. We were all telling her that she should get started … about a week before she did. She then got about 30 minutes of sleep when she finally got around to writing it. However, we can’t really get angry at her – she knows exactly what she’s doing, and she really doesn’t care. This is most likely a good thing.The “Something-came-up-and-now-I’m-not-doing-my-work procrastinator”: This roommate, “Penelope,” has the habit of waiting to do things until the night before, which isn’t procrastinating, but then comes up with something to do and doesn’t do her work, which is procrastinating. She also then gets to stay up all night working on whatever gigantic amount of homework she has to do. The major difference between Penelope and Wendy is that Penelope feels bad afterwards. Not saying that Wendy doesn’t care – she just knows what she did and doesn’t feel bad afterwards because she chose to do so. The “I-don’t-want-to-procrastinate -oh, wait-is-that-Sporcle? procrastinator”: This roommate, “Virginia,” doesn’t want to procrastinate, and with her major there is basically no time to do so. However, when Penelope or Wendy whips out a laptop and brings up the time-wasting Web site of www.sporcle.com, Virginia just can’t help herself. Sporcle isn’t the only thing, either – The Food Channel and MTV also aid our quad in distractions from homework. Though, quickly Virginia recovers and gets back to homework — she never really has to pull late nights.And the “I’m-too-involved-and-don’t-have-time-to-procrastinate procrastinator”: This one happens to be me. I would love to be able to procrastinate. Every night I hit the point where I just don’t want to work anymore, and would love to sit down and watch The Iron Chef on at midnight. However, my professors seem to not want me to ever have a life, and no matter how much I work ahead I can’t seem to get any time to myself. Professors, if you’re reading this, give your students a night off every once in a while: we deserve a night to procrastinate and hang out with the awesome people that we live with, but rarely see because of all the work.