Putting it off

By Christine Ernest
December 10, 2004

Procrastination is an all too-common phenomenon for college students and adults alike. Excuses such as “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “There’s always more time” are always easier to blurt out than actually getting work done.

MSNBC defines procrastination as “putting off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness: to postpone or delay needlessly.”

Dave Erlich, senior English and communication major, said, “I’d like to be a good student and start my work in a timely fashion so I don’t have to rush, but there’s too many good things on TV, and my guitar fills in the commercials.”

Unfortunately putting off that report until the last minute may cause more than poor marks.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Students who procrastinate…are likely to have unhealthy patterns of sleep, diet, and exercise.”

“Sometimes when I leave all my projects to the last minute, it really has a bad effect on me,” Amanda Popovitch, sophomore political science major, said. “I have trouble sleeping and I give myself headaches instead of actually getting it done. This worrying takes up more time than it would just to do the work.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that procrastinators have higher chances of developing digestive ailments, insomnia, and cold and flu symptoms than students who are not procrastinators.

“It’s an awful feeling. I wish I didn’t procrastinate,” Cristina D’Amelio, sophomore psychology major, said. “I would avoid more stomachaches that way. It’s all in your head, but somehow your tummy starts to hurt.”

Fuschia Sirois, a doctoral candidate in psychology, and Timothy Pychyl, an associate of professor psychology, said that procrastinators have “higher rates of smoking and drinking and a tendency to postpone seeing doctors for acute health problems.”

With finals coming up, health is something that students at Cabrini College cannot compromise.

Posted to the web by Ryan Norris

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