Paper Writing Essentials9:38 AM
Happy Hell Week*, everyone! At this time, every student at Hillsdale College is vying for a quiet spot in the library to escape the Siren song of spring and bunker down to the 10-page research papers she should have but did not write over the semester. I've got at least 17 pages left to draft. Shoot me now.
*The week before finals week. I'm almost done with junior year.
Here's what I use to crawl along toward victory:
1 //// All materials pertaining to the subject matter at hand. All of them. Every notebook, every book, every sticky note substituted for a notebook during an emergency thought process. Also, you need access to Google. Quick access. If you don't have all your resource material, your paragraph will trail off into untruthful guesswork, and you'll feel so vile that the only moral response to such nonsense is quitting your paper altogether and chatting with friends for three hours.
2 //// Study breaks. I mean, sorry, the computer on which to type your paper. I never spend an hour on Facebook while writing papers. Closer to two, maybe? Currently my online procrastination has spanned from this video to this article. Yes, people. I do indeed Google how to beat spring fever in desperate procrastination. I do it right.
3 //// CARBS. Homemade cookies, noodles, light and flaky multi-grain country club crackers. I've determined it's not gluttony because I am truly always hungry while writing papers. Especially when writing papers. And funny enough, I can't type while eating light and flaky multi-grain country club crackers. Wonder why that is.... (P.S. The L&FMGCCCs are courtesy of my bf, who bought me carbs in lieu of flowers because he's sweet like that.)
5 //// Study musics! (Sorry, I make everything plural when I'm crazed.) The Batman soundtracks are my jam when writing papers. Unfortunately, it's too gorgeous and spring-y outside to listen to intense Joker themes, so its magic hasn't worked at chaining me to my desk chair. I switched to listening to The Theory of Everything soundtrack and a dinner music playlist on Spotify. Speaking of which, whenever I try to play Batman music on Spotify, Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Movin'" starts playing. And won't stop. It's caused me so much angst recently.
What are your paper writing essentials?