University of Maryland students find new ways to be procrastinate

By Gracie Riley
For Unwind Magazine

If procrastination were a class, college students would excel because it’s second nature to put off their work. Then again, they might find themselves failing because they waited too long to do the work.

Now that we are in our third month of school, just about every student has created and mastered their homework routine. For most college kids, it consists of doing math problems or studying for 15 minutes, followed by a binge-watching marathon of Friends or Grey’s Anatomy as a reward.

Sitting down and writing a five-page paper, studying for a calculus midterm or reading countless chapters from your too-big textbook for hours at a time without interruption is not practical for college students.

Let’s face it: homework just isn’t fun.

However, there are other options some professional procrastinators around the campus have found to be more productive. Productivity and procrastination are not two words you often see used together, but it is possible.

Val Kologrivov, a freshman government and politics major, becomes a detailed cleaner when the decision to do homework looms overhead.

By cleaning, Kologrivov creates a comfortable and cozy study space that “makes it easier to do homework later.” Her homework might not be finished, but at least her dorm room is spotless.

Exercising is another great way to avoid doing work. For freshman kinesiology major Katie Stephens, exercising and working out makes her feel good and “refreshes the mind.”

After a hard workout “focusing on homework is easier,” she said. It makes the time spent studying more efficient.

Kush Patel, a freshman finance, management and pre-med major, often finds himself wandering the halls of his dorm building talking and meeting new people instead of studying.

Although Patel loves to learn and dedicates a lot of his time to his studies, he is “very interested in talking with new people and learning about their day.” Because of his social tendencies, Patel is friends with numerous people, so when he does decide to study, he never has to do it alone.

Sometimes “taking a nice long nap does wonders,” freshman psychology major Lexi Duncan explained.

While sleeping during the day could disrupt your daily routine, many times it helps you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

Naps are also a great way to deal with stress and simply “sleep the worries away,” Duncan said.

Taking a break from the fast pace of college life can bring peace and clarity to your mind, so you can get back to working hard.

These days, procrastination has become more than just Facebook and Netflix, and can actually be at least a little beneficial. College students all have their unique ways to get their work done, sometimes it just takes a little longer than planned.

Universities across the country should just accept that college students are masters at procrastination and make it an official major, or at least a class.

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