Hi everyone! My name is Erin and for some odd reason I was asked to guest blog. I cannot imagine what I would have to say that might be half as interesting as my mom, she is such a phenomenal writer. However, my fears have not prevented me from writing. Please accept my advance apologies if the writing isn’t exactly up to par.
I must confess, I am a procrastinator. Really big procrastinator. I realized in high school that I was a huge procrastinator. I could write papers at the last minute and get good grades. I could study the night before and make fairly good grades. It seemed as though in high school, it was okay to be a procrastinator because the subject matter was never so hard that the last ditch effort to write a paper or study for a test was enough. I probably could have made better grades in high school had I written term papers, or at least started writing them, when the assignment was handed out, or had I studied for tests and/or quizzes earlier than the night before. But, since my grades were good enough to graduate advanced with honors, I was not too concerned.
Unfortunately, that procrastination effort does not transfer well in college. So much more is required of students in college. More unfortunate, I have trained myself to write papers under extreme pressure situations. And, as though that isn’t enough pressure, I expect another procrastinator to read/review/revise them for me under those same stressful situations. I think that I tend to forget that my English teacher, procrastinating, mother would much rather not review yet another paper! But, I want and expect her to do it pronto!
I have decided that my procrastination is encoded in my DNA, on my mother’s side of course. I find myself waiting until the last minute to read 200 pages, for just one class! A friend of mine is usually upset with me because my grades could be so much better had I not procrastinated and actually studied as much as I should have.
I am a political science major at the University of Houston. There are a lot of difficult majors out there, but political science in my opinion, is one of the most difficult. I write papers on The Republic of Plato and develop country reports on Greece or Israel. Luckily, I love the material. Unluckily, the tests are much harder than the papers! I fear that my procrastination will get the best of me. Sure I can get by with a decent grade by studying for tests the night before, not really reading the material, just taking notes in class, but I want to do great and be great.
Procrastination can easily prevent that. It is not as though I want or like to procrastinate, like I said, it is encoded in my DNA. I pray that my procrastination is not passed onto my children. Is it possible to de-code procrastination from my DNA?!?
I do not think that law school will afford me the ability to blame mom. I hope in August 2008 to be attending law school at the University of Houston. I am begging my procrastinator mom to save me where I lack in grades with an outstanding personal statement. I am asking a woman who has waited until almost the last minute to prepare herself for National Boards to help me with a personal statement. What a great idea that is, two procrastinators, two school projects, two deadlines.