When I was in the third semester, I got a subject named Writing 3 which requires students to write about a 5,000-8,000 word essay at the end of the term. The lecturer told this in the first three or four meeting, I forgot, so that we’re expected to figure out the topic early. Months went by, and I didn’t write anything. Then months turned into two weeks when finally I planned to deal with the task. It was on Monday morning when I went to campus (to get free Wifi access, for sure!), I wish I could have some journals read. I read and highlighted some points, yet about two hours later, I was lost in one traveller’s blog and turned to explore it much, instead.
Time goes by. One day I was talking to my friends when my classmate asked, “Have you done writing assignment?” which is, then, followed by next surprising statement, “I haven’t finished it, either, I’ve only had 20 pages. You?” Well, I haven’t even accomplished one! I came to realize that there are 3 days remaining before the deadline so I did the only thing I could, including staying awake along two nights and sprinting to print centre, then finally submitted it in just at the deadline. Some weeks later, I got an email coming from my lecturer, it was officially from him. He told me that my work was flawless, I’ve comprised elaborated points, I’ve put some related theories from experts, my work’s been free from any grammatical mistake, as one of the lovely part of his email said, “This is the best one I’ve ever seen!”
Unfortunately, it did not happen. (I just want to enjoy a moment when you think, “This girl is amazing!”) No, I should admit it was very bad essay. I got B (I believe that my daily assignments really help me with the final score), while the rest of my class probably got an A. Not to bother you with the details, I have sort of healthy relationship with deadlines but at that time, I know I ended up as a procrastinator. I just planned to do the task soon but my mind would be “Are you sure you’re gonna do now? ‘Cause tomorrow you’ll have another presentation, you should prepare it well, though” or quite frequently “If you’re going to make a great essay, you should make an outline first, read books, read journals, paraphrase the experts’ quotes, develop ideas into coherent and cohesive paragraph, bla bla blah” which somehow drives me to think that procrastinators own a little part of perfectionists then.
Today I am involving myself in a free English course using WhatsApp platform, namely Kelas Online Bahasa Inggris (KOBI). It’s been some time I join KOBI, and along these 2 batches, I always find students who didn’t do the assignments nor did they give any notice for tutors. I do believe that people have their own priority and joining this free and online class be like….. Well you might say karma does exist, haha.
I think people are all procrastinators. Everyone procrastinates on something in life, right? But we need to think what we’re really procrastinating on. They said that they wanted to improve their English, some of them joined KOBI to prepare themselves for student exchange or study abroad. If it is your ultimate goal, I don’t think you can argue with that. I mean if learning English becomes an utmost matter to pursue your dream, why can’t you regard that joining class and accomplishing assignments are some of the important things you should do.
Okay, it’s already late. I haven’t finished my work. See? Everyone procrastinates on something in life. I procrastinate this stuff to write a post in a blog :D