The College Experience Deconstructed: Procrastination – The Free Press of the University of Southern Maine


Realize you spent 42 minutes hunting down that elusive ham and cheese hot pocket and still haven’t started working. But the dread and remorse felt when I finally have to pay the piper has stained the halls of my academic career too many times to not try. While still acknowledging the validity of the conventional narrative on procrastination, I propose we delve into the more insidious questions of why. In the short-term, humans are programmed to place a higher value on seeking positive feelings and procrastination helps us avoid negative feelings.

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