If You Do Any Of These 7 Things You Put The "Pro" In Procrastination

If You Do Any Of These 7 Things You Put The "Pro" In Procrastination

You are probably reading this article instead of doing work, aren't you?
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Congratulations to the people who have their life together! You know who you are, the individuals who are turning assignments in days in advance, working diligently at all times and never straying focus from the task at hand. Truly I can say I am proud of you. Unfortunately, however, I will never be you. I am what people would refer to as a "master procrastinator," and if you are doing any of the 7 things I list below, you probably are too.

1. Consistently turning in assignments at 11:57 PM.

I can assure you, if the deadline is 11:59 PM, there is no chance that it will be turned in before 11:00 PM. Its just not who I am.

2. Having mental breakdowns when you realize how much work is actually due.

Everything is fine and dandy when that deadline is a week away, but somehow that week disappears rapidly. Next thing you know, you have two papers, a discussion post, and a quiz due in 12 hours. This can not be good for my mental health.

3. Forever losing sleep because you refuse to be productive earlier.

Yes, I could've done this assignment earlier but unfortunately I got very caught up in watching Vine compilations on Youtube. Its no big deal though, I'm sure I will be fine tomorrow if I only get about 45 minutes of sleep.

4. Calculating the exact amount of time necessary to get an assignment done.

"So if I start this assignment at exactly 12:53 PM I can have it completed for my 4:00 PM class... maybe."

5. Getting easily distracted by basically everything.

When it comes to getting work done early, literally anything seems more appealing. Instead of being productive, let me stare out of the window for an hour. Or watch cooking tutorials on Facebook. Or stalk that girl in my sorority's, boyfriend's, best friend's, cousin who lives in Colorado. ANYTHING but work.

6. Mastering being productive during the "crunch time."

Yeah I may not have been able to get anything accomplished before now, but as soon it comes to the crunch time, my concentration is unparalleled. And so is my stress.

7. That feeling of victory when you have completed an assignment the night before the due date when your professor told you that you couldn't.

"This is not an assignment that you can do overnight, you have to work on it over time." BET. We will see about that won't we?

All in all, this really is not a healthy lifestyle and I wholeheartedly do not recommend. However, for all of my fellow pros at procrastination, keep working. Maybe one day we can all get our lives together.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

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Host Families Are The Best When Going Abroad

Host families will get you closer to language, culture, food and fun!

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Have you ever thought about going abroad? Or maybe you've already decided to go and are dealing with all the paperwork right now? There are so many options to explore a different culture and various perspectives on life. You can go abroad and study at a foreign university. If you're not interested in studying, you can apply for a job and gain first working experience abroad. Also, you can do an internship in a different country, or work as a volunteer in a help organization. So many options. But they have one thing in common: A host family.

A host family is a family who takes in young people, who left their country to work or study abroad, for a certain time. Obviously, a host family is not a must. If you don't feel it, you can rent an apartment and that's totally fine. However, I would like to tell you today why I think a host family is one of the best things while going abroad.

First of all, you learn the foreign language a lot better. I mean, that's one of the reasons for going abroad, right? You want to improve that language you've been studying at home. And there is no better way than to speak it every day with native speakers. And that's what your host family offers you. Living together, communication is a necessity, and thus the best motivation to improve your language skills!

Second, when living with a host family you get to try the traditional dishes of the country. In my opinion, the cuisine is a very important part of a country's culture. It's thus a huge difference if you go abroad and keep on cooking your stuff from home, or whether you experience a new culture through their nutrition. Take the chance and get to know new recipes, new spices, and new dishes. It's so exciting!

Third, a host family is the best place to get to know the culture of a foreign country. You'll learn all about their holidays, celebrations and traditions not simply by listening about them but by living them! Your host parents will make you part of the preparations and you get to ask questions throughout the whole experience. There is no better option to get to learn about a culture!

Forth, and probably the most important one, a host family is a trusted friend in a foreign world. When you're leaving home you expect everything in the new country to work as easy and usual as you know it from back home. But that is often not the case. And very often you're ending up in a chaos of opening bank accounts, applying for new phone numbers, looking for apartments, figuring out a hundred things for your studies, … all by your own. A host family is there for you if you need help and assists you during your first days, weeks, sometimes even months of your stay abroad.

If you want to apply for a semester or internship abroad and didn't consider a host family at all, do it now. Those of you who already have been through the experience of going abroad and living with a host family know what I'm talking about. I definitely can say that my host families became friends for life and I'm infinitely grateful for the help and warmth they offered me.

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