Every student has encountered the one word that all of our faculty members dread: procrastination. All students have had an experience that made them want to postpone an assignment such as feeling tired, attending a party or just being lazy. We immediately find anything to do in order to stop us from completing a class assignment. From experience, I have had a few occasions where I was simply tired and believed that taking a nap would push me to do the assignment faster but it only made me stressed and restless.
Surprisingly, 95 percent of college students tend to procrastinate with their assignments. I was shocked when I saw the statistics because it shows that a majority of students, whether incoming first-years or graduating seniors, have or will procrastinate when deadlines approach. Current students in college should look at procrastination as a terrible habit since it will not be helpful to carry into the professional world.
Many college students tend to go out and enjoy quality time with their friends while pushing back assignments. They later realize that an assignment is due and rush to get it done even if the assignment isn’t fully completed to their professor’s liking. The difficult part of procrastination is that it comes with two major setbacks: stress and an incomplete/non-thorough assignment submission. We all have had an assignment that required for us to be very detailed, but by procrastinating, we ended up competing with the clock to submit it on time rather than providing quality material.
My main suggestion for students like myself is to be completely honest and figure out how to stop procrastinating. If we know that procrastination leads to us being stressed out, then we should better our time management skills . I don’t believe that the statistics will decrease anytime soon because not only do college students procrastinate, but many employees do the same in the professional world.
Jennifer Odiatu is a fourth-year student majoring in communications studies with a minor in journalism. ✉ JO820471@wcupa.edu.