Last minute lethargy

By Jacob Peller, Staff Writer

Published in print Nov 19. 2014

“I’ll do it tomorrow”, “it’s not due ‘till next week,” and “I’m too tired to do it.”

More than likely these are phrases you, or people around you, have thought or said aloud.

As the semester slowly comes to an end, more and more students, myself included, are losing the energy to fully complete assignments and give your “A-game” in class. There are many reasons people give for why we feel so drained around this time.

Some believe that the cold weather makes us want to stay in bed and exert as little energy as possible. Others think that as the semester ends, we become so used to our schedule that we find it monotonous.

While I believe that there is a tinge of truth to these explanations, my reasoning comes more a specific action that we tend to take before the end of the semester.

But first let me just point out that as we lose all of our energy and willpower, the classes not only continue, but suddenly decide to ramp up in terms of difficulty.

I’m sure that everyone has felt this way before.

The first few months of class were nothing; there was no heavy reading, no big assignments, just a lot of small readings and a page worth of writing.

Suddenly the last month rolls around and every professor realize how behind they are and cram into the schedule numerous assignments, major projects and exams all at once.

It might be easier to say that we didn’t slow down towards the end of the semester, but rather the school sped up.

There really is no need for this.

We had so much time at the start of the semester to equally distribute the workload, so we don’t have to double up on assignments.

Yet, we all seem to remain blissfully unaware of this fact at the start of the semester. It only starts to wear us down towards the end as we start to panic and ask ourselves, “Who is to blame for all of this?”

The truth is: we all are.

While I’m sure some of you are saying, “I’m just a student, I have no control over this!” Let me remind you that a syllabus was posted at the beginning of class.

So all of the work you had to do was written in a nicely organized schedule.

It is foolish to assume that just because your class isn’t on time with the lesson plans that the final exam will be any less than what was stated. There are those who think that only what is covered in a 50-minute class would be on the test, but the syllabi for such classes usually involve additional readings prior to class time.

However, this isn’t a free pass for professors.

I can’t tell you how many times my classes have gone off schedule, because a professor chose to use the small amount of class time to discuss their personal life.

I’m sorry, but I don’t care about your broken love life or how you were a leader in your field of study when you were young. We have 15 minutes left in class and you won’t shut the hell up about your cats. Will that be on the test? Didn’t think so.

But all of this blaming comes about as a result of an old, dusty and tired frustration. 

So where does it all start?

Ironically, I feel that it is at the moment when we sign up for next semester’s classes that we lose every ounce of energy that could be put towards the remainder of the current semester.

We become so fixated on the goal ahead that we lose the want or will to put forth effort in the latter part of the semester.

Like a child who wants the newest toy, we constantly look ahead to the new classes, schedules, books and assignments resulting in a disconnect from the present course workload.

So the wise thing to do would be to rearrange classes to lighten the load, or at the very least even it out since this thing called “effort” is in short supply by the end of the semester.

To wrap it up I’ll just say that, as students, we need to try and keep the energy going for as long as possible.

Please don’t drop it at the end and skirt by with little effort; that will hurt your grades more than anything.

And professors, you can try and make your class do large projects at the very end of class, but just know that you’ll get a lot less positive results that you would’ve if you’d spaced the workload out better.

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