The Long Haul, Episode 3

Hello, old friend. I was expecting to see you much more this semester, but for some reason I didn’t. Now, however, I get the feeling you’re about to make up for your long absence.

For previous episodes, feel free to check out The Long Haul and The Long Haul Episode 2. Unfortunately this time I started my all nighter at 5 pm this afternoon and was at the UCT library taking pages of notes so I could be done with my research in time before the place closes at 10 (who the freaking heck made that silly decision???). Aaaaanywho, I was going to hang around campus and spend the night in the commerce labs (aka The Place We Go To Because For Some Silly Reason The Humanities Labs Are Less, Smaller, And Close Earlier Even Though We Have More Essays To Write), but then it got cold and I wanted coffee, and then the library closed and I had to make a decision, so here I am at home, sitting by the heater and waiting for the water to boil for COOOOFFFEEEEE.

In short, I have to write one humongous paper with tons of references/citing about the role of the Bhagavad Gita in Hinduism, and one smaller essay about Chinese religions which right now is looking like a picnic compared with its mammoth counterpart, in addition to several Greek and Hebrew assignments. I spent five hours without breaks taking ten full pages of notes by hand on the Bhagavad Gita in addition to skim-reading a large part of it. If I’m not an amateur expert on this thing now, then there is no hope for mankind. Yes, I am stalling. {A disclaimer/don’t-murder-me plea: yes, I am aware that I have the ability to prevent these things, and yes, I am aware that lots of people have had to do many all nighters…I am also aware that they have the ability to prevent these things just as much as I do. I shall not be yelled at for having better time management skills, nor shall I be deprived of my long and rambling blog [the sole purpose of which is to keep me motivated] because of it. That is all.}

10:41 pm: Soooo combing other people’s books for quotes/information to use actually doesn’t translate into writing an introduction. No one tells you this, and even though you yourself have realized this multiple times before, it never gets better. *sigh* However, this is still not as bad as The Long Haul. Nothing is as bad as AP World History, even if there is more work involved. Nothing.

11:51 pm: Hey look, it’s almost midnight and an hour later and I have TWO WHOLE PARAGRAPHS. *makes coffee* On the bright side, my paper is perfectly, immaculately formatted. I did not spend 10 minutes on this to put off the actual writing, what are you talking about? I am also not using Wikipedia. Nope. Also, are you aware of all the distractions out there? Who knew there were so many fake internet religions?

12:47 am: I’m finally on a roll. The first few paragraphs of a paper are always the hardest for some reason. Anyway, no one can say I haven’t done my research. Now I almost have too much to say.

2:20 am: Hooray for being done with my massive paper! Well, mostly. I still have to type up the bibliography. I’m hoping we didn’t have to use all the sources, because I found some of my own that were way better, and I went over the word requirement as it is.

3:41 am: My brain isn’t working. This is so pathetic. I’m trying to read this Confucianism stuff and my brain is literally not working. *makes coffee*

4:49 am: Aaaaaand it’s almost dawn. This is awesome. Is it just me or does time actually go faster at night…*makes coffee*

5:57 am: Well this was considerably less exciting than the other episodes, partly because I was working instead of blogging, which I guess is a step forward. Anyway, I got most of the work done…I still have a bit to do on the smaller essay, but it’s not major. Yay! And now I’m going to get ready for the day. Who needs sleep anyway? The coffee people will be seeing me a few times before I come home again, methinks……

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