I have made very few notable mistakes in my academic career. I have never bombed a test— at least not in relation to the rest of the class— nor have I missed any large homework assignments in recent memory. I manage my time reasonably well, and I know if I stay on top of things, I tend to do well. However, I failed to keep on top of my history term paper over break, and I fear it will become one of those notable mistakes. I already know it was a mistake to put it off.
I have my topic: Johannes Kepler. I have my sources: two actualbooks and a handfulofwebsites. The difficulty lies in assimilating all that information and condensing it into a coherent paper while the compilers project, end-of-semester homework, and impending finals assault me from all sides. When I started reading on Monday, I made a rough calculation that told me I needed to read for about two hours per day to be ready to start writing as soon as Lee and I finish the compilers project. Normally I could easily read for that long, but that's without paying too much attention to the text. Here I must highlight and annotate information needed for the paper and fit those two hours into the cracks between classes and the rest of the work.
Compilers, a marathon writing session, finals, and then winter break. It's doable, but don't expect to hear much from me.