Procrastination, like Bowser or the main character in a Disney movie, usually never stays dead for very long. After writing a column on the subject I received an email from Arroyo Grande resident Nancy Macy with her own procrastination story, which I thought you might like to hear.
“In the early ’80s Cuesta College offered a class in how to beat procrastination (don’t remember actual class title), anyway it was offered by a well-meaning professor. Five of my girlfriends from South County decided to take the class, and we would carpool.
“The first class, the instructor asked each of us, to standing room only, why we wanted to take the class. He also told those who had not pre-registered to not worry, because he usually had students drop. I remember one man, who wanted to clean his garage, and the rest of us told of the same type of chores that weighed on us heavily. We were given homework, and we went home.
“The following week, instead of six in our carpool, we had five; and yes, the class size had dropped. The instructor asked who had completed the homework assignment, and no hands were raised. He asked if anyone had accomplished a chosen task, and, naturally, no one had, and the garage gentleman, promised profusely to clean out his garage by the following class.
“This continued for several weeks with the same reporting at each class, which was smaller each week. With three more weeks of the class, my car pool was now to just myself and there were now three students in attendance, and none of us ever did our homework, and I don’t know what happened to the man and his garage. This was my last attendance.
“We procrastinators are well-meaning people, full of good intentions. I sometimes wish I had completed the class just to see how this story actually ended. I really thought that I would take the class again, and really do my homework, and benefit from the time spent. I think the only person who learned anything in the class on procrastination, was the well-meaning instructor; the class was not offered the following term.”
Thanks for sharing the story, Nancy. College, as with life in general, can be rife with distractions and embarrassments. Best of luck to our students of every school, and beyond!
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