21 Stages of Trying to Meet Your Essay Deadline, As Told By Buffy The Vampire Slayer
She’s dealing with the end of the world and you’re dealing with time running out to submit an essay. What’s the difference?
1. You check the essay question choices on Blackboard and wish you’d just avoided it a bit longer.
2. Your housemate asks if you’ve started yet.
3. You eventually get some motivation together to make it happen.
Let’s do this.
4. But not before you stock up on snacks ready for your massive study session.
No one can write without snacks. Fact.
5. It suddenly dawns on you just how much work you actually have to do.
6. So eventually you are forced to accept your fate and head to the library.
7. Just as you’re on a roll with all your research, someone sits next to you and starts making too much noise.
8. And you start procrastinating by trying to get the attention of your library crush.
If the library’s loud talkers and eaters aren’t distracting you – you are distracting you.
9. You write the introduction and realise you have no idea what you’re doing.
10. After countless hours in the library the sleep deprivation begins to get to you.
11. And you become actually delirious with essay panic as the deadline gets closer.
12. You read the first couple of paragraphs you’ve written and can’t understand what you were trying to say.
13. You run into some people on your course who’ve finished early.
14. And you overhear that person who is always contributing in seminars talking about how sophisticated their essay argument is.
15. But you pretend everything is fine because you don’t want to give them the satisfaction of knowing just how much you’re struggling.
16. You miss out on a big night with your housemates because you’ve got too much left to do.
17. You wake up on the day of the deadline and reach your emotional breaking point.
18. And as it gets later and later you think about all that time you wasted doing nothing when the assignment was first set.
19. You are forced to pull a last minute all-nighter to get it done on time.
20. But then, finally, you submit it the next day. It is over.
It feels like you survived an apocalypse.
21. And then you do what students do best.