[two weeks before it’s due] Oh yeah man, I’m not going to procrastinate this one, I’m going to get it started now and finish early. Look at that opening sentence! That is a kickass opening sentence!
[four days before it’s due] Oh right, I have to finish that paper. Better get on this, don’t…
another timeline from a fellow student:
[two weeks before it’s due] Yes, I know, I still have to write this paper. But I’m attending a field trip over the next 7 days. I better print all my research so I can work on this stuff there,
[one week before it’s due] Well, obviously, I did not have time to write a single word, Who knew? But now, I’ve got the whole week to… wait. Am I getting sick? Nooooooo. This is not fair. *spends the week sick in bed*
[one day before it’s due, 10am] Okay, I’m well enough to decide if I’m gonna do this or not. Write a whole paper for this awsome literature class and deliver it to the campus until tomorrow 5pm, or attend another, maybe shitty, literature class.in the next term. Well…
[one day before it’s due, 6pm] Yes, yes, this all assembles nicely. I think I’m able to make the deadline. Woohoo.
[the day it’s due, 2am] I’ve got 4 pages. I communicated everything I wanted to communicate. How the hell am I supposed to fill the remaining 6 pages??? *Fills 6th bowl of cereal*
[the day it’s due, 4am] I better work on the list of works cited now. All these MLA rules have to be exactly followed. I so don’t wanna lose points there.
[the day it’s due, 6am] No, Mom, I have not slept a single minute. But: I was able to fill 3 additional pages. Maybe I can meet the deadline.
[the day it’s due, 8am] I - I thought - I - what did I think? - I - I’m not sure. But - I need to think. I think.
[the day it’s due, 10am] Brain mash survived. The last two hours were ultra-productive. Like 2 sentences productive. I need to fill 2 more pages. Pictures maybe? Oh nooo. Pictures very likely don’t count for my 10 pages. Ugh. I need some pictures anyway. I can’t think of a single additional word.
[the day it’s due, 11am] Okay. Done. Now I’ll sleep for two hours and then I’ll read the whole thing again.
[the day it’s due, 11.05 am] Oh boy, I can’t sleep. I’ll just get another look on the paper.
[the day it’s due, 2 pm] Done and printed. And an additional pdf file sent to the instructor. Rewrote a lot of stuff there. Now a shower and then off to the train station.
[the day it’s due, 3 pm] Waiting for the train. Oh. There are pretty colours in the air, Oh, I’m not feeling so well. I hope I don’t fall asleep on the train.
[the day it’s due, 4 pm] I can’t find the instructor’s name on the PO Boxes, why does the universe hate me?
[the day it’s due, 4.05 pm] Oh, there it is. And DONE! Now home and bed and cold medicine and SLEEP. But I’m so proud I finished this thing.
[The day after deadline] Oh my god. What the hell did I write? I can barely remember. No, I do not want to look at my copy of the paper. I don’t want to know how bad it is. I promise to NEVER EVER try to write a whole paper in 28 hours without a break longer than 5 minutes again.