The Stages Of Procrastination As Told By Disney GIFs

The Stages Of Procrastination As Told By Disney GIFs

Procrastination plagues all of our lives; we might as well take a break and let Disney tell us it's alright.

1. Dismissal

We all see it. The assignment has been posted on Moodle; it’s been on the syllabus since August. We know its there, yet the motivation to do it is lagging behind. “It’s only the second week of school,” we tell ourselves. “We have plenty of time until December. Besides, it’s only nine pages. How hard could it be?”

2. Full Scale Denial

We go about our lives as the semester kicks into high gear. We busy ourselves with our friends, clubs, sporting events, parties, and other classes, never once giving a thought to the monstrous assignment looming over our heads. The present is all there is, we’ll never make it past October. We are in denial.

3. Intervention

As November rears its ugly head, our friends try to talk some sense into us; try to convince us that maybe going to the library and working would be a better alternative than binging on Netflix for eight hours. Of course, we ignore them, thinking we know best, unwittingly believing we are still in full control.

4. Fear

Then one day, just as we are about the leave, the professor says the five words no student ever wants to hear: “Remember, your assignment is due.” Those five words that send us into a down-spiraling cataclysm of anxiety and dread, and all we want to do is run away from the room and all our responsibilities.

5. Anger

We are then filled with a white-hot rage, for which we have only ourselves to blame. Yet, we blame the professors anyway, thinking how dare they give us an assignment so large, so impossible, and only give us five months to do it?

6. Anxiety

Finally, it’s the night before the due date. We have run out of time; we have only got until 11:59. We are determined and prepared, finally, ready to succeed. “We work better under pressure anyway,” we convince ourselves. “Right?” Except we’re wrong. Totally wrong.

7. Distraction

Then, we are set off course yet again. By that one button, that glistening little blue button at the bottom of our computer screens that beckons to us, calling out to us: Internet. And once again, before we know it, it’s ten o’clock at night.

8. Contemplation

We begin to think irrationally. We contemplate if we want to turn in anything at all. Maybe we just say the internet was down and we couldn’t do it. We contemplate attaching a twenty dollar bill, begging our professor to let us pass. ANYTHING to let us pass.

9. Frenzy

Our fingers are flying rapidly as we type for our dear lives, and we hardly hear our roommates knock on our door to check on us. They’re only trying to help – we know – but all we can think about is that we are down to the wire; that this must be what it is like for the people they send in to cut the cords on bombs in the movies. Just. A few. More. Words.

10. Pride

Finally, we do as we were expected all along. We did it, the impossible. We slam the assignment on our professors’ desk and we march out with pride, waving salutations to the professor and good riddance to the class and its unbearable course work.

11. Peace

It is then that the semester is over. We can resume life calmly, all the while promising ourselves that we will never procrastinate again. That the stress that consumed us was too much. That we learned our lesson, and now we know better. We believe we can take the next semester head on, without procrastination.


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It's About Time We Stop Treating Stay-At-Home Moms As Slaves To The Patriarchy

With all this talk of empowering women, it's about time we get rid of the stigma that surrounds moms choosing to stay at home with their kids.

This is in response to an article written on Forbes based on research published by Pew Research Center, but my frustration is borne out of a long-standing cultural issue. The study stated an increase in stay-at-home moms in the Millennial generation. My problem was not with the data but rather with the way in which it was presented in the Forbes article.

Underlying the whole article seems to be this assumption that there's no way Millennial women could possibly be choosing to just be a stay-at-home mom. There must be some other outlet for them, another employment or career outside of motherhood.

The article discusses the moms who are choosing to work outside of the home while balancing being a stay-at-home mom, which is great! However, they do so in a way that demeans those who would rather choose to stay at home completely.

One sentence, discussing the SAHM's who work as well, reads, "Women are mothers in the home, but in a way that the patriarchy never dared dream."

But wait. Remind me, when did being a stay-at-home mom become equivalent to bowing before the overpowering male patriarchy?

These women are shaping the next generation of leaders, writers, employees, teachers and parents. Why are we stuck on labeling them as slaves to the patriarchy for working a full-time job of incalculable value and worth?

Another line discussing moms working online and staying home says, "Technology's evolution allows modern women the empowerment of joining tradition with innovation."

We talk about empowering women all the time, in everything they do. So why don't we allow women the empowerment, not only "of joining tradition with innovation," but of choosing tradition over innovation if that's what they want?

With all this talk of empowering women, it's about time we get rid of the stigma that surrounds moms choosing to stay at home with their kids. I can't understand what is "not enough" about a job that takes up your physical, mental and emotional stamina 24/7 all year long.

Being a mom is hard, stay-at-home or not. It's hard enough without the cultural commentary of stay-at-home moms being weak vessels propagating the cursed patriarchy, not living up to their full potential and never being enough.

There. That's been on my chest for a while.

And to my (stay-at-home) Mom, your work has been of more worth to me than I think you'll ever know. I hope you never believe a word of the lies society throws at you. You have been and always will be more than enough for me.

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Learn How to Stick to a Budget When You Are in College

Few tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that you do not waste any of your money when you are in college

College can be very expensive. Many college students are barely able to stay afloat and many end up having to borrow money from friends and family when they run out. If you are in college, there are things that you can do to make the most of your money and still live a comfortable life. The following guide provides you with a few tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that you do not waste any of your money when you are in college.

Save Money on Your Prescriptions

If you have prescription medications that you need to take on a daily basis, getting them filled for as little as possible is important. There is a Walmart $4 prescription list that is filled with common prescriptions that people need for only $4 per prescription. This can help to save you a ton of money each month depending on the prescriptions you need to have filled.

Save Money on Food

Food can also be quite costly when you are in college. Use coupons and shop sales as often as you can. Another great way to save money is to look for meal deals at local restaurants for college students. Restaurants that are located near campuses typically have great deals throughout the week for college students. You can sometimes eat for less than it would cost you to cook the meals yourself if you catch the right meal deal.

Save Money on Your Books

Books that are used in college are often quite pricey. It is important to shop around to get the best price that you can on your books. Another great tip is to buy the books second hand. Once people are done with a class, they will typically sell the books from that class for a fraction of what they cost when they were brand new. You can often find used books in a used bookstore, online, or from friends in college.

Save Money on Clothes

When you are in college, shopping at high-end fashion stores can be very difficult to do. Instead, consider shopping at thrift stores located in a very good area of town. These are the places that people who wear high-end fashions often donate their clothing too. You can then buy the fashions for a lot less than they are in the stores.

Save Money by Not Spending Frivolously

When you are in college it can be tempting to go out with your friends on a regular basis. This is not a good idea when you have to live on a budget. Take the time to consider what your costs are each month and then plan on going out with friends once or twice a month. This will allow you to still be able to have plenty of fun but help you not to go over your budget and struggle the rest of the month.

It’s important to realize that budgeting while you are in college is essential. You don’t want to constantly be borrowing money or asking your family to send money to you because it will show how irresponsible you are being with your money. It’s best to get a part-time job to help make ends meet so that you can still focus on college and have money to enjoy the things that you want to enjoy. Most part-time jobs are willing to college students because they know that they need the money and are willing to work hard to earn it.

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