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  • Amanda LeeOct 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Dear Mehana,
    Fantastic job with the column, I remember that stressed out pose rather well, as I believe that I did something quite similar last year. 😉 You’re doing a great job, keep up the good work! I’ll be following you diligently!

    To all the readers who read this calming piece of literature, I am here to be a reinforcing voice of reason and tell you that she’s right. In the new world of college, stress is a hot commodity and everyone’s got it. People are so caught up in trying new things, meeting new people, and doing everything EXCEPT their homework that getting 6 hours of sleep is considered above average. Procrastination is every student’s favorite activity and worst habit. It’s bad guys, really bad.

    Procrastination in college is even easier than it was in high school. You only have maybe 2-3 classes a day and all the free time in the world to do whatever catches your fancy.

    The thing is, nothing is really mandatory. All the hard lines and strict rules that kept you boxed in are gone. You’re suddenly Peter Pan and no one is making you “grow up” and go to class and do homework. Class isn’t mandatory and nothing is forcing you to show up and turn in your homework. In fact, no one even made sure you did homework in the first place!

    With work being optional and fun being available 24/7 (cable is in the dorm room guys, I can literally sit on my bed and watch The Voice and Glee ALL DAY), you find yourself asking yourself “What is the homework?” “What is this ‘work’ everyone is freaking out about?” Reality check guys: when you forget what homework is and what it’s like to work, you’re doing something wrong.

    When you get into college, you have this new sense of autonomy. Sure, in high school, everyone talks about how they can’t wait to leave. They’re dewy-eyed and starstruck with the idea of being independent. There’s going to be no teacher to call your parents when you don’t show up for class all week, no parents to sign your planner at night and remind you to do your homework.

    It all sounds like a great big party doesn’t it? That’s because it is! It’s fun and exciting and exhilarating to wake up in the morning and know that you can do whatever you want because you’re in charge of your life now.

    But it’s also scary and stressful because you’re in charge of your life now. All you have is yourself and your cell-phone alarm to wake you up on time. Stress doesn’t leave when you go to college, if anything it intensifies.

    So, dearest readers, a bit of advice from someone who’s a little older and a few months wiser: kick your procrastinating habits to the curb, study Mehana’s stress relieving remedies religiously, and keep reading her column! Her pictures are so funny!
    Lots of Love,

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