I’m out, I’ll admit it I’ve got zero ideas for a column today. At least zero ideas that I think would be enough to read. Usually, when I write these columns I try to look at the things which might be bothering students and then write a support structure advice piece which might best answer their concerns. But if I’m being candid (which of course I always am in this sympathetic advice column), today I can’t remove myself from my own experience, this column seems to be just another looming deadline.
As we reach the crunch-point at the end of the year when many students leave their accommodation to permanently move to the library, writing a column on time can seem like a minor concern, compared to a dissertation that’s supposed to be the crowning achievement of a degree, and a bevy of other essays seemingly thrown in there for laughs by our striking lecturers. The quandary of these assignments is however much the same as this column. Should I take pride in my work and try to make it original and with great effort? Or rush through to make the deadlines pulling together the most-thin points to build an article like a tower missing Jenga Blocks.
piece of academic work can be either perfect or finished
So, what to do? Unfortunately we live in this reality, where my personal advisor once bluntly told me that a piece of academic work can be either perfect or finished, but not both (clearly lecturers suffer from this problem as well). Here, we’re paying to suffer these deadlines, so perhaps we shouldn’t get so worried about them, once they have past I usually forget my essay completely. Like this column, everything passes eventually, don’t worry about doing university work perfectly because it won’t last forever.
Image – Blanca González Alba