Saturday, April 16th, 2005 • 4 Comments on Under Pressure
I have a term paper due in ten days. Ten days. I have known about this term paper since January 11th. It is now April 16th. I was given three and a half months to write this term paper. I could have started it at any point in the past three months; for that matter, I could haven’t finished it, too.
I have to write approximately twenty pages on the topic of my choosing. No strict guidelines, no subject requirements. It is a very flexible term paper assignment, befitting a graduate class. Too flexible, if you ask me. Because here I sit, ten days before my term paper is due and I have not yet written one single word of this term paper.
I have a general idea of what I’m going to write about. Very general. I have a stack of books and another stack of articles and a list of additional books and journals to look at. I do not have a thesis statement. I lack focus. I lack direction. I’m floundering. I do not have time to flounder, however. I only have ten days.
And now that I have shown the proper amount of panic and concern befitting a graduate class assignment, I will blithely ignore the stacks of books and articles for a few more days. Then, a week from today, I will look at the calendar in horror and be back here to write: “I only have three days!”
I’ve been here before and it is a road well-travelled.