By Allison Crawford
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on island? You’re probably wondering why I am asking such a question and what kind of circumstances would lead to living on an island. Some of you may picture a Pirates of the Caribbean-type situation: being stranded on an island with a ‘broken’ compass, a pistol with one bullet remaining, and maybe a bottle of rum – or should I say a few bottles of rum? Metaphorically, you could be Captain Jack Sparrow, and the broken compass could represent the current semester and the pistol with one bullet remaining could represent this past reading week.
Reading week is a time for us, as students, to do quite a few things. These include decompression and relaxation, playing catch-up or keep-up on assignments and, hopefully, getting ahead in your assignments and readings. Overall, there are 168 hours in a week, but when you factor in the norm of 7 hours a night for sleep, you’ve only got 119 hours. What you do during the remaining 119 hours is totally up to you. If you’re extra handy at using your time wisely, then completing what you have on your to-do list should be easy peasy; if you’re a master of procrastination, then I assume you’ll become highly acquainted with Netflix, your BFF, and your long-lost BFF sleep–something we, as students, are chronically deprived of.
For us procrastinators, it is one thing to procrastinate and it is another thing to have a game plan all mentally mapped out. Most of us only differ from those non-procrastinators in the sense of putting our game plans into action; I am one of these people myself. Sometimes, you can start working on your game plan, but the first item consumes so much time that you feel like you’ve gotten nowhere and have essentially accomplished nothing. I’m sure this isn’t the first time that this has happened to many of you, and it probably won’t be the last.