Reading week is a time for us, as students, to do quite a few things. These include decompression and relaxation, playing catch-up or keep-up on assignments and, hopefully, getting ahead in your assignments and readings. Overall, there are 168 hours in a week, but when you factor in the norm of 7 hours a night for sleep, you’ve only got 119 hours. What you do during the remaining 119 hours is totally up to you. If you’re extra handy at using your time wisely, then completing what you have on your to-do list should be easy peasy; if you’re a master of procrastination, then I assume you’ll become highly acquainted with Netflix, your BFF, and your long-lost BFF sleep--something we, as students, are chronically deprived of.
For us procrastinators, it is one thing to procrastinate and it is another thing to have a game plan all mentally mapped out. Most of us only differ from those non-procrastinators in the sense of putting our game plans into action; I am one of these people myself. Sometimes, you can start working on your game plan, but the first item consumes so much time that you feel like you’ve gotten nowhere and have essentially accomplished nothing. I’m sure this isn’t the first time that this has happened to many of you, and it probably won’t be the last.
So however you spent your past reading week, whether it be sparing the remaining shot in your pistol or using it, these next few weeks en route to finals will be tough. Just know that, as you metaphorically become Captain Jack Sparrow, one can only think that “the seas may be rough, but I am the Captain! No matter how difficult I will always prevail.” Then, once the term has ended, we can say to each other, “well done mates. I knew you had it in you. Now, come back next semester and we’ll do it all over again, eh?”