Emma’s Dilemma: #AcademicAutopsy

It’s been about two months since we started school — okay, more like one and a half months —  and for some reason I decided that this would be the perfect time to do what I’ve decided to call a #TwoMonthAcademicAutopsy. Yes, that’s a very long hashtag that I just made up, but it’s fitting because this first part of my sophomore year has been quite the ride.

And it seems like it’s been a “ride” for a few other people too, judging by the number of Facebook posts that I’ve seen that have said something along the lines of “School. Stress. Help!” Yes, I relate to that on so many levels.

All things considered, my workload actually hasn’t been terrible for these last two-ish months. I’ve rejoined the debate team, signed up for a few other clubs and successfully figured out how to get my Bunsen burner to work in chemistry without hurting myself.

I’ve also acquired a new appreciation for cat videos, which have turned out to be a delightful method of procrastination, procrastination that I am made painfully aware of every time I find myself wandering back into the land of YouTube.

I honestly don’t think that delaying homework for a few hours signifies the end of the world, but at the same time, the stress of waking up at six in the morning to do the rest of my homework while half asleep in my Elmo PJ pants — not the type of morning anyone would want to wake up to.

And yet, I think that every once in awhile it’s okay to not care for a couple hours, put your feet up, or even dare to watch a particularly interesting cat video. We all deserve a break, and I think that a lot of us have most definitely earned it.

It’s still important to be accountable though, because nobody wants an early morning Elmo-PJ situation. I mean, think about it. What’s the real problem here? Is procrastination really the bane of all productivity as people have painted it to be, or is the true problem humanity’s lack of self control?

I guess we’ll find out whether I ever get around to becoming more responsible, or whether I still meander on YouTube for an unfathomable amount of hours. For now, I think my academic autopsy has been a success, cat videos and all.