Office Hour: Saving it for Later


Hi! I’m Alina Joharjian, a first-year at Brown from Cranston, Rhode Island. Although I am plenty acquainted with life in Providence since I am a local, I am super excited to delve into the world of academia at Brown and take you on that journey with me! In the Office Hour column, learn more about the brilliant professors of the Brown community.

You do it. I do it. We all do it. What “it” could I be talking about? Well, procrastination, of course! In this week’s Office Hour: I come bearing a tip that I have learned the hard way (multiple times…. And I still do it… whoops!)

Your math homework is due on Thursday. The week goes by, you’re on the dreaded hump day when you realize you haven’t started the assignment yet. You remain calm and begin to attempt the problems. Okay, you start panicking pretty quickly because not a single thing looks familiar to you. Great, I’ll just go to my professor’s office hours later this afternoon, you think.

This sounds like a total rational idea, doesn’t it? Let’s see how this unfolds…

You turn the corner in the hallway to walk into your professor’s office, and you notice an entire line of people outside of his/her door. You have class in an hour. Should you wait, hoping that you will get a chance to ask your questions? It’s decision time.

The above story is 100% accurate; it has happened to me multiple times!!!! Beware!!!! (Not to scare any engineering people away but I have had friends who have been in office hours the day before a homework assignment was due for 6 hours.)

Now, this situation can be applied to practically any subject: a presentation, a paper, etc. The point is: regardless of the advanced notice given, you wait until the last minute to do your assignment and ask for help. I’m not shaming procrastinators. Like I said, we all do it. Just be prepared to wait with the rest of us.

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