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If there is anything that I am absolutely miserable at, it is planning out what exactly I want to accomplish and then going through all of it. I never manage to cross off every single item I have on my checklist because I have unrealistic expectations. However, since school started in mid-August, I had to balance high school classes, Purdue classes, extra-curriculars, and last but not least, the college applications.
In the last post, I have explained the usefulness and functionality of a Google Calendar to manage my schedule. However, that’s still not quite enough to get me to sit down and work on my college applications at a fixed time every week. To do so, I need a small scale lifestyle change–I need to stop procrastinating, and get on it. (I mean, I still watch those new episodes of that one TV show and read all the fanfictions I can get my hands on, but sitting around in the house simply because I don’t want to do work has been evolving into a series problem.)
Fortunately, I’ve set a new rule for myself for this school year, and I have been sticking to it pretty well thus far. For every homework assignment that is given to me, I sort it into the ‘urgent!! due tomorrow!!’ pile and the ‘not-so-urgent, due in three days – one week’ pile. As I am only taking AP and college courses right now, many of my homework are due only once a week (or even less frequently than that). To eliminate my habit of procrastination, I would finish my ‘urgent’ pile as soon as I get home, and work on my ‘not-so-urgent’ pile until at least nine or ten at night. After that, I get an hour to work on anything that’s college applications related. There is only so many hours a day, and I can not afford to waste any right now.
The other roadblock to stop procrastination is the motivation to get started. I understand how hard it is to just start writing that first sentence of the homework, or the essay. But once I get started, the rest comes much more easily. My thoughts flow continuously once I get started–that is the science of inertia, I guess.
There is still much more I will have to do: filling in the senior brag sheets for recommendation letters, typing up the resume, actually writing and polishing my essays, etc. But with these hour a day sessions and blocks of time throughout the weekend, I am optimistic that I would be able to get everything I need to finish on time.
It is easy for me to get distracted and become too obsessive in my ECs and forget to work on actually writing the essays and working on the application. For the past half month or so, I have been spending too much time on running the Student Council, planning the school Homecoming, and generally organizing the student body in my high school. I didn’t get much studying done for my SAT II Subject tests yet, and I have nothing but a very rough draft of my Common App essay. I didn’t get too much time to exercise aside from the occasional tennis game either. I really ought to work better on my balance.
There is so much to do, and really, we are not alone. Even with all these activities and the threatening disease called ‘senioritis’, we ought to stay strong, and keep our balance until we taste victory.
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