The nine stages of finishing last minute homework
"Wait, we had homework?"
We usually finish the most homework on the night before school re-opens. For those who are still struggling to finish their holiday assignments, here are the nine stages of completing last minute homework that you might be familiar with.
Okay, your homework pile may look huge, but you probably finish it in two hours, maximum. Maybe you can finish this season of Friends first. After all, you need to get the binge-watching urges out of your system before you can focus on your work.
Your WhatsApp is full of homework-related messages. Why do you have no idea which assignments everyone is talking about? Since when were you assigned those math papers?
Life is so hard. You need to relax by browsing your social media feeds first.
Half of your feed is filled with hashtags like “#whatishomework” and “#caneatornot”. On the other hand, it looks like everyone in your class has started on their homework. Everyone, but you.
3. Panic or Regret
Your hands turn clammy, and you start to break into a cold sweat when reality sinks in.
This looks very, very bad. If only you had started on your homework earlier. Your teacher will probably call your parents. You feel like such a disappointment.
Well, at least you can complete parts of each assignment. Maybe your teachers will be less angry if they notice your effort. Time to get to work!
After finishing one assignment, you feel like you are starting to have your life together. All you need is to repeat what you just did for about six times. You can do this!
6. Loss of motivation
Ugh. You cannot do this.
Is it 3am? Or 5am? Your eyes have lost their ability to focus.
This is when you no longer care what you are writing. You no longer bother if you will fail or pass this – you will hand it in anyway.
8. Zombie mode
After napping for an hour, it is time to go to school. It takes twice as long to process what people are saying, which is why you stare blankly at your teacher when he tells you that your hair length is against school rules.
He mistakes this blank stare for defiance, and sends you to detention. “What was the point,” you think to yourself, at the speed of one word per minute, “of staying up to finish your homework, if you were going to be punished anyway?”
Well, at least you can nap in detention.
9. The crash
After a harrowing day at school, you make it back home and flop onto your bed immediately. Next time, you promise yourself, you will not leave homework to the last minute.
Come to think of it, do you have homework for today? Ah, well. You can deal with it when you wake up.