Excellent Bullshit

For one of my history courses, our dear and kind professors thinks that it’s important and useful for us as students to have to read between 150 and 200 textbook pages a week for our GSI-led discussion session.  After 10 weeks, and approximately 1500-2000 pages assigned, I can safely say that I have read less than 100 in total.  That being said, I participate actively in discussion, and am on track to receiving an A for the discussion component of our final grade, amounting to 15%.  While I certainly am not promoting students not doing their assigned work, seeing as many courses reveal that not reading will in fact definitely result in poor grades, it seems as though it is far too easy to get away without learning anything in the course.  If I’m able of emulating the course concepts and sentiments of a given time period without reading a single word of the assigned text, what’s the point of assigning us reading at all, let alone such a daunting amount for one week’s time.

Certainly, I recognize the importance in some courses of understanding both primary and secondary analysis of a time period, I don’t really see the merit in spending multiple hours a week examining a text in which a sentence or two summary would suffice for comprehension and analysis.  Perhaps some professors feel the need to assert the mental rigor of the course by mandating lots of work, or perhaps some professors just like their students suffering.  With only a few weeks left, I have no intention of changing my reading habits for this class.  Why bother?

Active Procrastination

If any one has an issue with being too productive, trying too hard on assignments and extracurriculars, or the like and is seeking an interventionist to help slow you down; look no further.

I’ve recognized a correlation between an increase in my time spent working on things completely unrelated to mandated work as deadlines and due dates approach.  Notable highlight of this: last week I was assigned to give a 5-10 minute oral presentation on a prominent 17th century philosopher as well as take a mandated quiz for a class on Islamic history.   On top of the typical few hundred pages of reading required as a history major, I had these two rather large deliverables.  As such, within three days I had watched the entire opening season of Justified, amounting to a little less than nine hours.  Additionally, I remained caught up on the current seasons of Shameless as well as House of Lies.

Although I typically do occupy a lot of my time watching TV/movies (which happens to be the focus of my capstone project), it seems as though one of my greatest skills is the ability to distract myself from necessary and important assigned tasks.  Realistically, I should learn from my mistakes, especially as midterms are fast approaching.  However, House of Cards will be released to Netflix this weekend.  So I’m pretty much f*****d (not sure if cursing is allowed/appropriate).

Anyone seeking pointers on effective ways to procrastinate, my skills and aptitude venture far beyond watching TV. I’m chock full of resources and strategies.