July 31, 2012 at 1:38 am

The Drewth: Procrastination

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Cartoon by Nolan Ellsworth

We all procrastinate.  It’s a fact of life.  Whether intentionally or otherwise, at some point in your life, you will procrastinate, and there is neither shame in admitting nor logic in denying the fact.  But allow me to clarify for the sake of the reader the difference between actual procrastination and slacking.  Those of us who procrastinate put off the work to the last possible moment, while those of us who may be defined as “slackers” wait until the last possible moment before not doing the work at all.  This is why the paper you read now is called “The Procrastinator” and not “The Slacker”, or there would be no paper at all.  So, why do we procrastinate?  Sometimes it may very well be because of complications in priorities, such as other homework (that you may or may not have also procrastinated on).  Then again, it may simply be a case of mere laziness, thanks to a certain passive dedication to that infernal, time-wasting device we refer to as the TV.  It is the latter that we must beware of the most, for this form of procrastination may easily transform into slacking, which is to be avoided at all costs.  Scores of students with incredible potential and capabilities have watched their futures crumble before them in the form of a high definition flat screen TV.  It is a terrible tragedy.  Our comrades who each contribute to the production of this newspaper in their own small (or large) way are to be commended, for it is precisely the opposite of that lack of initiative that drives them to keep this operation continuing like clockwork.  I, who up until now have generally sat idly by, tip my hat to not only my fellow writers, reporters, artists, etc. in the newspaper, but to all the conscientious procrastinators out there.  After all, you all are to be congratulated for your most respectable dedication to a good future, whether you do your work now or later.  I may even be so bold as to urge the members of the faculty, being sure to recognize the value of a true procrastinator, to offer a friendly “congratulations” or “thank-you” in passing to those students who commit themselves to their work and make the job of a teacher all the more worthwhile.  Procrastination is not a crime.  Rather, it is a completely healthy mental process belonging to any healthy mind, such as the one belonging to any of the numerous, intelligent and talented students here at GSA.  And that’s the Drewth.

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