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Chapter 21. Cramming for Exams and Other... > Procrastination in College - Pg. 222

Cramming for Exams and Other Fine Academic Traditions 222 Procrastination in College If you're a commuter student, the reasons for your procrastination are probably a lot like those high school students have. You might be working full- or part-time and going to college part-time, so you have the added demands of a job, which can make it hard to keep schoolwork a priority. But what if you're a so-called traditional college student, aged 18 to 24, who lives on campus and takes classes full-time? You have your own set of procrastination challenges. Why College Students Procrastinate The causes of procrastination among college students mirror those of any type of procrastination: environmental factors and psychological ones. The environmental, or situational, causes include the following: · The distractions of a social life · The competing demands of part-time jobs and internships · The lack of structure, as compared to high school (more projects with long-range deadlines and more autonomy to get themselves to class and get work done) · The challenges of living with roommates · A culture of procrastination in which students brag about being far behind in their work and use last-minute studying as a chance to socialize You're Not Alone When I was a university student in England, cleaning out the bathroom was a chore I avoided as much as possible. The nearer we got to final exams, however, the cleaner that bathroom got. I'd ask myself, "Shall I study or do more household chores? Hmm, the kitchen and TV room are spotless, I'll go clean the bath- room." --Tanuja W., corporate treasury manager Matter of Fact If you tend to be motivated by money and are having trouble completing a college or graduate degree, consider these facts from recent years' findings by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Annual earnings of college graduates are nearly twice that of high school graduates. Having a master's degree increases earnings an average of 30 percent. Holding a professional degree (such as law, medicine, engineering, and so forth) means you'll earn an average of 130 percent more than high school graduates.