Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What Is Left to the Last Minute Only Takes A Minute

By Aaron Applbaum '14

In high school I had the nasty habit of leaving all my long-term assignments to the last possible minute. My work was pretty manageable; I could get away with procrastination and receive the grades I desired. I figured that my habit would naturally dissipate as my academic environment grew more rigorous. Surely, the positive influence of my responsible Princeton-peers would rub off on me and I too could be the diligent student I wished to be. I could not have been more mistaken.

The propensity to push assignments off is more ubiquitous here then at my high school (granted that my observations of students is from a sampling that constitutes but a fraction of the Princeton community). Just about everyone here seems to suffer from the same last-minute oriented disposition. The students of Princeton University seem to exhibit a very special blend of lethargy, ADD (often Internet induced), busy over-booked schedules and the proven ability to ultimately “pull it off.” I have spoken with students from every grade here and the overwhelming ethos seems to be that work is meant to be done as close to the deadline as is manageable. In the elegant and truthful words of my friend Lucas Baradello: “what is left to the last minute, will only take a minute.” Perhaps I should be disappointed that it may be too late to change. But then again, I suppose it is not wise to fix that which is not broken.


Anonymous said...

But that's a very dangerous attitude to have... the one that you shouldn't fix what's "not broken." Consciously leaving your work until the last minute is definitely not a good thing, even though so many students here do it. While you're still fresh to Princeton, do all you can to get better time management skills so that you don't have to suffer from all nighters and so that you never feel like you could not give it your all.

Anonymous said...

I'm amused by the juxtaposition of this (accurate) observation and the loud complaints about the grade inflation policy.

Idiom Blocking said...

Ditto Anonymous #1.

Also, I'm curious: is the resemblance of your last sentence to the proverb If it ain't broke, don't fix it accidental, or did you intentionally reword it in a much stuffier register? Hahaha.