Cramming In College Is Overrated

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I am not a crammer. No, that is not a lie. Yup, it is possible to not cram.

I am one of those rare people who actually do their homework the day it is given. I am also one of those few people who starts researching for their projects months before the deadline. I do things early; I make it a point to finish them as soon as possible without compromising the quality.

Sharing this fact about me to people has been very hard at first primarily because I have never met anyone like me (non-crammers are almost endangered species, I must say), but now I am ready to admit it wholeheartedly.

To be honest, I don’t get the idea of cramming. I don’t get why people need to feel the “pressure” or the stress in order to produce a great output. I don’t get why they opt to do things at the last minute and in a rush even when they have the chance to do otherwise. What is it with this generation and our fascination with doing things in a rush, anyway?

Most people I know live by the “due today do today” motto, but I don’t. I much prefer a “due today been done with it weeks ago” mindset. This mindset has been with me for as long as I can remember, and I don’t even recall a time in my life that I actually and legitimately crammed. And I like to keep it that way. I have never understood the idea of cramming which is probably why it frustrates the hell out of me.

What is more is that even if I am not the one cramming, I get easily frustrated! For example, when I see my friend doing a paper four hours before it is due, I get agitated and panicky all of a sudden. Mind you, even if the paper does not concern me in any way, the agitation remains. Moreover, in group projects, I am almost always frustrated. Don’t get me wrong, I usually get great and efficient group mates, it’s just that most of them opt to cram. Well maybe not even cram, but then they usually do not do things as early as I do, and that frustrates me to the core.

So, in a nutshell, you could say that the life of a non-crammer is a pretty frustrating life.

But the life of a non-crammer is also a pretty interesting one. Despite the tons of frustration I experience every single day, there are way more positive things in not cramming. For instance, I get to do things I enjoy like, say, watch the latest episode of Teen Wolf, because I finish my requirements early. Also, nothing ever gets piled up which means that every time a new project comes in my way, I’m free as hell to do it. Additionally, because I do things early on, I do not usually have to multitask. This holds true especially for finals week. I get to focus on one subject at a time because I do not have to cram for other requirements in other subjects.

Now you must be thinking that I probably do not have a lot going on in my life which is why it is possible for me to not cram. Well, you are dead wrong. On the contrary, I have a little too much on my plate which is why I choose not to cram. You read that right, cramming is a choice. No matter how much you deny it, cramming is, has been, and will always be your choice. Ultimately, it is all up to you. The decision to procrastinate is all in your hands.

I am not a crammer. No, that is not a lie. Yup, it is possible to not cram. And yes, a non-crammer’s life is a pretty exciting one.

You should maybe try it sometime. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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