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Life as a Captain
Travis Rocha

Late Night Reward

by Travis Rocha

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Academics

Last night, I’m proud to say I was up until 2 a.m., working on an essay. Okay, I know that doesn’t sound like something to be proud of. Consider this though, the essay isn’t due until Thursday! So, why did I stay up so late?

Well, yesterday I was sitting in my room, dreading all of the homework I’d have to squeeze in before the start of fall break. I was pouring over the syllabi for my classes, very disheartened. Then, I had a thought, a radical thought. What if I finished all of my homework today? How crazy would that be? I opened up my laptop and got started.

For theater, I had to read through an entire play and catalog every description of my character that is said by my character or one of the other characters about my character. Even with skimming, that took me a solid 90 minutes or so. Next up, I had to watch a movie for English class and make a short presentation on it. This took up the majority of my afternoon. Though, once it was done I felt a huge weight lifted. It was nice to have my schedule a little less full! I ate a late dinner and finished up a few other assignments. There was just one left.

I had an essay due on Thursday for my leadership course. For me, the hardest part about essays is starting. It was already 10 p.m., I figured “maybe I should just go to sleep.” Then I thought, “well, if I’ve come this far, I might as well at least start my essay.” To my surprise, once the ideas started flowing, I couldn’t stop myself. Seven pages later, I had a fully APA formatted and cited leadership paper finished. The only issue was, well, it was 2 a.m. and I had a class at 9:30 a.m. I crawled into bed. I was tired, but proud.

Now, my week is wide open and I can spend it with my friends. Although, I think tonight I’ll probably go to sleep early!

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