The Academic Ultimatum
Have you ever experienced that feeling where you don’t feel like doing anything productive, but you know you should anyway in spite of the consequences of laziness? This question is obviously pointed at anyone who has either finished school or currently is attending classes in order to take the next step in life. When someone is assigned to write an important paper or construct a project, there is that prickly sensation of stress where the very thought of working on something school-related only earns to decrease adrenaline in the brain to get the mind functioning at a proper level. There lies within the forefront of the mind the irresistible temptation to put it off for a day or two until an idea for the project or paper comes to mind. Perhaps one may require further instruction from the professor for more specific steps in order to achieve the teacher’s standards. Putting off an important task only leads to complete forgetfulness on the student’s part and leaves no payoff in the end to anyone’s benefit.
Every student is human, with basic needs that cannot go without being satisfied. It is estimated that the average person requires at least eight hours of straight sleep in order to make it through the busy day ahead, but then again, statistics are often scrutinized in their accuracy. Being tired in the sense of cracking a yawn or two in class is understandable. Sitting down in the early morning for an extended period of time can be tiring for anyone, especially if the night before has been difficult. Then, there is the danger of pulling an “all-nighter”, an experience every student, no matter their age has had the unfortunate pleasure of enduring. At the end of a long day, sleep is rewarding for anyone longing to just make it through to the weekend. This stage of tiredness stands as one of the consequences of procrastination and should be emphasized as unhealthy to the body and brain. It is important to accomplish tasks when one is at their most energized so the appropriate amount of sleep for the night is acquired and the health of that person is not put at risk due to ignorance.
After days or even weeks of research and filling the laptop’s files with information, there is the light at the end of the tunnel. The only main twist is which option is the student going to choose? If the accomplishment of finishing a project at the right pace triumph over the lure of extended relaxation at an inappropriate time, then there should be no dilemma on which is the better choice. Even is the Scarpia Ultimatum is to choose between more rest and a failed project or true effort and the joy of rest afterward completion, most students feel the temptation, thinking that they have plenty of time to get it done. It honestly does not matter how long you have. If you put it off for too long, it will come back to bite you and the results will not be favorable.