Milestones & Hunkering Down

I write this the eve of the deadline for my first (two!) college essays. (The essays were for an English class and a Spanish class on García Lorca, if you must know.)

A college milestone, handing in my first papers. I feel so official now. Now not only have I attended classes and lectures…I’ve actually written something about them!

But in all seriousness, as I sit here on the futon at 4 a.m. the first thought that comes to mind is, how in the world did this happen?

In college, there is so. much. free. time.

And I’m not saying it comes as a surprise—my entire senior year of high school teachers and guidance counselors were telling us how it’s totally different in college. For instance, they told us we’d have a lot more free time and time outside of class.

No, but seriously. There is SO MUCH free time.

But I’m learning right now the real necessity of budgeting my time.

Because, let’s face it. It was totally unnecessary of me to start these essays so late.

Especially when I have 3-day weekends every weekend.

So right now, I’m tired. I’m sick of my writing, unsatisfied with the result…

I’m still not done, and they are due in seven hours.

But I have a resolution.

And that resolution is called Operation: Daily Library Time.

See, my university has many libraries. The library I like to frequent is more like an intense complete-silence study area. So basically, when I first walked into the library to start making headway with my papers, man did I get a lot of things done.

Because when you first walk into the library, EVERYONE turns and watches you come in. Because the door is really loud. And the door is the only thing that breaks the silence in the library. Seriously, I’m telling you I feel so guilty (like, so guilty) for even looking away from my work for two seconds just to check my email (or Facebook. or Twitter.).

And let’s not even get started on how I would not dare even think about playing Facebook Tetris Battle (new college-stress-relieving fad my suitemates and I have. My suggestion: do not start playing. You won’t stop. I mean, I think Tetris isn’t even that good a game, and I still can’t refrain from playing a couple (hundred) rounds a day.)

So Daily Library Time (DLT) is the solution to this—no matter how little work I have to do or how late it is, I will get in at least a couple hours of library time. No distractions, no music, no Keeping Up With The Kardashians blaring in the background. Ok. Good. I’m ready to start living up to my full-time occupation as “Student.”

Good luck to everyone else who is starting school/getting along with work/easily distracted.

Marisol

P.S. I’ll try to have a more interesting post next time around. Because as fascinating libraries are…

This guy is so much better.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Milestones & Hunkering Down

I write this the eve of the deadline for my first (two!) college essays. (The essays were for an English class and a Spanish class on García Lorca, if you must know.)

A college milestone, handing in my first papers. I feel so official now. Now not only have I attended classes and lectures…I’ve actually written something about them!

But in all seriousness, as I sit here on the futon at 4 a.m. the first thought that comes to mind is, how in the world did this happen?

In college, there is so. much. free. time.

And I’m not saying it comes as a surprise—my entire senior year of high school teachers and guidance counselors were telling us how it’s totally different in college. For instance, they told us we’d have a lot more free time and time outside of class.

No, but seriously. There is SO MUCH free time.

But I’m learning right now the real necessity of budgeting my time.

Because, let’s face it. It was totally unnecessary of me to start these essays so late.

Especially when I have 3-day weekends every weekend.

So right now, I’m tired. I’m sick of my writing, unsatisfied with the result…

I’m still not done, and they are due in seven hours.

But I have a resolution.

And that resolution is called Operation: Daily Library Time.

See, my university has many libraries. The library I like to frequent is more like an intense complete-silence study area. So basically, when I first walked into the library to start making headway with my papers, man did I get a lot of things done.

Because when you first walk into the library, EVERYONE turns and watches you come in. Because the door is really loud. And the door is the only thing that breaks the silence in the library. Seriously, I’m telling you I feel so guilty (like, so guilty) for even looking away from my work for two seconds just to check my email (or Facebook. or Twitter.).

And let’s not even get started on how I would not dare even think about playing Facebook Tetris Battle (new college-stress-relieving fad my suitemates and I have. My suggestion: do not start playing. You won’t stop. I mean, I think Tetris isn’t even that good a game, and I still can’t refrain from playing a couple (hundred) rounds a day.)

So Daily Library Time (DLT) is the solution to this—no matter how little work I have to do or how late it is, I will get in at least a couple hours of library time. No distractions, no music, no Keeping Up With The Kardashians blaring in the background. Ok. Good. I’m ready to start living up to my full-time occupation as “Student.”

Good luck to everyone else who is starting school/getting along with work/easily distracted.

Marisol

P.S. I’ll try to have a more interesting post next time around. Because as fascinating libraries are…

This guy is so much better.

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