What I Learned In Boating School Is...
Start writing a post
Student Life

What I Learned In Boating School Is...

Blankity Blankity Blank

What I Learned In Boating School Is...

Remember that episode in Spongebob Squarepants when Spongebob fails out of boating school for like the millionth time, and Mrs. Puff gives him that extra credit assignment to finally pass him? And he has to write that 10 word sentence on what he's learned in boating school, but all he can get out is "What I learned in boating school is..." and nothing else?

Well, I have to admit, I've never related as much to this Spongebob quote as I do in this exact moment. I mean, think about it. I've got almost three years of college under my belt, and I've been writing for The Odyssey (as an engineer might I add) for the past year and a half. And I'm gonna be honest with you, I've run out of good ideas many-a-times in the past year, just as I'm sure several (hundred) of my fellow colleagues have too. We've all been there. We get brain fart. We hit a writers block. We become (just a little) unmotivated.

It's nothing to be ashamed of. And quite frankly, I don't know why we just don't own up to it. It's human nature. No one can write an article worthy of 10k shares each and every week - and if you can, well... kudos to you, then. But I sure as heck can barely write an article worthy of 500 shares a week, and strangely, I'm okay with that. Yeah, I'd love to be able to whip out articles on the fly each week and be confident that it'll get thousands of readers, but let's be real: engineers really aren't all that great at writing.

But I enjoy writing. It's my escape from solving equations every waking hour of every freaking day. And I'll admit that a lot of my articles have been written very last minute (like this one). And most of the time, they're not that great (probably like this one, too). But if you don't have something meaningful to write about, writing becomes very difficult. You run out of things to talk about very quickly, and you never have any kind of information to support the topic you're writing about.

And then you start procrastinating even more. You go scroll through your newsfeed a couple of hundred times. You binge watch several episodes on whatever TV show is "trending" at the time. And you spend multiple hours staring at your blank computer screen with the same seven words staring right back at you. Your midnight article deadline starts approaching way too quickly, and you just BS some random 500 word essay that ends up looking a lot like this:

And by the time you submit your article 4 seconds before the deadline, you're really feeling like Spongebob - frazzled, overwhelmed, and less confident about the words you spat out under pressure. But believe me when I say that it's okay. We're only human. We can't be creative/productive every week for an infinite number of weeks ahead of us - especially between school, work, and extracurricular activities. We become exhausted and drained. But those creative juices always find their way back to us, so don't fret. We'll eventually get past this "what I learned in boating school is" phase.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

Ask your best friend these basic questions to see just how well they know you.

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

My best friend has been in my life since we were 3 years old, now that we are adults now, I'd like to ask her these questions to see how well she knows me.

Keep Reading... Show less

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less
Dating Apps

We Met At A Bar

Salvage what you can; if you can't, it's alright to walk away.

We Met At A Bar
Anne Waldon

We met at a bar.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Mets And Me

They may be the worst sometimes, but this baseball team has given me more than I could ask for.

Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On September 3rd, 2001, a sea of children littered my home's navy-carpeted den to watch baseball during my dad's 40th birthday extravaganza. A baseball game flickered on the TV, and a red and blue bubble of a scoreboard sat in the bottom right corner of the screen. The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies were in a wild game at Veterans' Stadium. As I, a five-year-old boy with a jumble of curly blonde hair, sat in the back of the kid clump, I wondered which team I should root for. After a long debate with myself, I decided that I should root for the team that's winning (duh). But, as the ninth inning rolled around with the Phils maintaining a 7-5 lead, some magic occurred. The Mets put up five runs in one frame, stunning the Phillie fans in the room and winning the game 10-7.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments