Procrastinating

Hello good people of the world.

I would like to inform you right now that you are indeed very special; you are the reason why I wake up in the morning, why I gag down the incredibly sketchy globs of “food” the caf serves me every morning, why I spend my days studying and reviewing, and why I tell myself that I can keep going.

Not actually. Y’all are pretty cool people, but frankly, I do all that stuff for ME. Yeah, ME. And that’s the point of this blog post. You should be doing all of this stuff for yourself. Not anyone else! Not your mother, your father, your grandparents, your siblings, your third cousin twice removed, no one! University is a pretty difficult time. You spend it working on homework, meeting new people, becoming incredibly stressed, forgetting learning things, and growing as a person. University is a time for pursuing your passions, branching out, and becoming the person you always wanted to be. And if you aren’t doing that for yourself, then why are you doing it?! Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t take other people’s opinions into account. You should definitely let them tell you their opinion. But you should be here to follow YOUR passion. Don’t take a math major because your parents loved calculus when they were younger; don’t be an english major because your dad is an author and wants you to follow in his footsteps. Do your own thang because really, this is YOUR life that you’re working towards. If you don’t enjoy what you’re learning (other than the mandatory math courses that some poor arts kids have to take, those don’t count) then stop learning it. Find a different passion and pursue it. Follow your heart and do what you want to do. After all, you’re paying enough money for it, so why not make it enjoyable?

There’s your helpful little piece of Megan advice there. And I know in my last blog post, I said that I probably wouldn’t blog until the end of finals season. And here I am, a week and a half later, blogging again. That is why, friends, the title of this post is called “Procrastination”. It is because I’m a slightly weak-minded individual who enjoys writing random stuff which will reach an unknown amount of readers (hopefully TONS of readers!) instead of studying for my film final, which I know will completely destroy me.

On the bright side, my gauntlet of finals is over! I had 4 finals and a tuba jury and a final paper and a website due all in the span of 5 days, and I freakin’ nailed it. Like so much. Like so much I nailed straight through the wood and into my foot which was right underneath the wood. Meaning I majorly screwed up a little bit. But only on one of my exams. And my tuba jury. In hindsight, the jury wasn’t a good thing to screw up, but it’s over and there’s no point dwelling on the past. Or crying about it.

So really, I only have 2 finals left! Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Double header. Double whammy. Double death. And after that? Well I head home! Which seems pretty unreal right now, since I get to have 4 whole months where I don’t have to think about anything remotely musical. Other than practicing of course.

The only way I’m getting through this finals period is by reassuring myself that each final down is a step closer to summer. And being with my family. And being able to cook my own food instead of eating the cafeteria gruel. And to finally play video games again. And to see all my friends. And that helps me get through these finals. These little reassurances help me remember why I’m here, and why I’m fighting to get to the end of these exams so I can remember how to be myself.

This post totally didn’t go where I meant for it to go. I was just going to complain a bit about finals and put in a gif of Jared Leto because HOLY JAYZUS THAT MAN IS AWESOME and I was going to brag a bit about how I met Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter for all you noobs) today and took an incredibly badass picture with him at Vancouver Fan Expo. So, to appease my inner self, I’ll post the Jared Leto gif. Now good luck to all you people doing their finals, and to all you new kids deciding about UBC (or if you’ve already accepted your offer) YOU ARE AWESOME AND UNIVERSITY DOES NOT DEFINE YOU BUT OURS IS THE BEST SO CONGRATS FOR GETTING THIS FAR.

Okay. I’m done now.

(these gifs were stolen from whatweshouldcallubc, and they’re pretty much the best. If you want incredible relatable UBC gifs, check out their tumblr page!)

 

Finals season is upon us!

Well, it’s that time of year again! Finals season! Because it was so long and painful that someone decided to call it a season. I guess if we attributed it to any other specific season it would be winter. So it’s pretty much like winter happening for like 3 weeks even though it should be summer.

That wasn’t a very good description. I’m really tired, so just don’t mind my ramblings. I also had like 4 cups of coffee because I’m doing a paper that’s due pretty soon and I decided to stay up as late as I need to to get it done.

thor and coffee

BAM. Finishing things well before they’re due! (Like seriously, it isn’t due for a whole week. I’m nailing it!)

So I guess I have learned things since the last finals season! Which was conveniently located in the winter. First of all, I’ve decided to not procrastinate as much. This is a very good decision, since all I have to do is actually study for my finals and not write all the papers that are due (as long as I finish them tonight). And I actually made this schedule on my calendar (colour coded!) as to when I have to start studying for all of my respective finals. And even though it’s kinda a sucky finals schedule – between now and next Thursday, I have 4 finals and a tuba jury and a paper and a website due – it can be dealt with in a timely and only slightly stressful manner! Because I PLANNED.

Okay. Who am I kidding. It’s still going to be hell, but hopefully an easier hell to get through (maybe like the fifth level of hell as Dante described it? I am pretty lazy, but it’s better than the seventh level, that’s some pretty terrifying stuff). And at least it should be easier/better/less horrifying than my midterm season (remember? 5 midterms in 2 days).

But yeah. I guess life is pretty good. I’m feeling less existential crisis-y lately, which is good, even though all those pieces which I submitted to composition still weren’t enough to get me in. There’s always next year though! But after that I’m pretty much screwed, since I can’t get accepted past 3rd year. Oh well! It’s not really the title on your degree, it’s what you learn while you’re on the path to getting the degree that counts.

Too bad studying is one of the worst things pretty much ever.

ALSO people you should use productive procrastination if you feel like procrastinating. Because that sure works for me. Take my paper for example! I REALLY don’t want to write a history paper. So, whenever I get sick and tired of working on it, I do something fun instead. And this fun thing is creating my website for music tech, which is pretty much my favourite class of the term. And when I do that, I’m still working on a thing that needs to be done, and I’m also procrastinating on writing my paper! It’s a win-win! Or lose-win turning into a last minute writing frenzy of a win. Either way.

ALSO ALSO for all you HIMYM fans out there, did you see the series finale? Because I’m pretty sure it made it to the top of the list for worst series finales OF ALL TIME. So now I will use this sassy gif of Lily Aldrin to call out the writers of the entire final episode for their complete and total failure.

 

That’s all for now, I’ll try to blog again at some point, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen until after exam season. “Season” being the unfortunate winter that gets stuck in summer. In case you missed my first point. Okay. Bye

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