Just Another Snarky Student Blog

September 9, 2007

Homework Guilt: Endlessly Interfering with Procrastination

Filed under: guilt,reading,school,writing — justanothersnarkystudentblog @ 12:24 am




Grade A Guilt  Neverending

Not even a mother instills guilt in the way that a big stack of unread reading does.

Those of us who have endless reading (and reading and reading) know the feeling…

You know the one.. it can only be said in French? Deja Vu.

(Here we go again… )

It creeps up on you, at first just a tickle in the back of your mind, then a minor distraction to your procrastination, then a full-body infliction: Homework GUILT.

You should be doing your reading (..and reading and reading)

You should be doing your writing (..and writing and writing)

..but sometimes you really, really, need a break, damnit!

That’s one of the endless troubles of being a student: when you’re not doing homework, you start to feel guilty.


This is how it goes:

1. Do homework.

2. Need momentary break.

3. Get distracted on break.

4. Feel guilty about taking break (and not doing homework).

5. Eventually get back to homework, if only to stop the overwhelming sense of self-destruction and criticism that comes with homework-guilt.


Sure, you’re only running down the hall to go pee (..but then you run into a friend and start chatting)

Sure, you’re only grabbing lunch a couple blocks over (..but then you remember you need new sunglasses)

Sure, you’re only taking a much-needed-break (..which turns into a marathon of seemingly welcome distractions: laundry, phone and the internet only being the start)


So, you ask, what is the single best way to eliminate homework guilt?

Never. Stop. Homeworking.

(Hey, I didn’t say you’d like it!)


The life of a college student: Your “free time” is never your own..

(..and I should get back to work!)




September 7, 2007

The Student is Mightier than the Sword.. or at least Sharper!

Filed under: reading,redundancy,repetition,school,UC Berkeley,writing — justanothersnarkystudentblog @ 8:31 pm

Here’s the reading for TOMORROW…

As I take a breather from my flood of reading that drowns me during my first week of my senior year at UC Berkeley, I thought, hey, what BETTER way to take a break, but to WRITE about the massive amount of reading I am subjected to on a daily basis. Gee, how refreshing. Writing… about reading.

I do get a massive kick out of stacking my books up in the center of my living room to see the physical girth that I will attempt to squish into my head – only, you know, hundreds and hundreds of pages. This week. Then I spread the books out in a horizontal line to see how far they stretch out- a nice visual to the way my head feels right now – absolutely stretched thin. …and it’s only week two. Go Cal!

To give you an idea of how much reading we’re talking about, here’s a couple pictures I uploaded from my camera phone:

Vertical hell o’ books and Horizontal hell o’ books

This is a little scary since I’m only taking four classes this semester, “only” being a laughable term because each class expects an unmanageable amount of work on its own, let alone the whole lot of them together.

And naturally, I can’t include pictures of the readings that are housed online. Oooh, don’t even get me started on that! Why would you do that to my eyes, Professor? Don’t you realize that I ALREADY WEAR READING GLASSES? Are you going to make me pay for my chiropractor, now, too? Ahhh! I do not want to lose my sight by reading a mass of online journals. I’d rather strain my eyes looking at porn, or, at the very least, online comics (xkcd, QC). Then I’d at least go blind while smiling..


Enjoy your eyes while they last.



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