A year ago I was in Comp. I with the amazing instructor, Mrs. Lisa Haag. One thing that I really enjoyed about her class was that there were no due dates for final drafts. I’ll admit, I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, so I was grateful to have that freedom with time to work on my final drafts. She did, however, require that rough drafts be brought in on specific dates for peer reviews.
I will admit another thing: In every class that I take, I will be seated directly in front of the instructor’s desk in the front row. Because of this, I tend to overhear a lot of the whispered conversations between instructors and students. The most common statement I would hear sitting in Mrs. Haag’s class? “I’m still working on my paper.”
Yet another confession: Despite the fact that that I love to write, and intend to make a career out of my writing, I am slow. I will stare at a blank page for hours, spend days doing research in different topics, and have nothing written… sometimes I won’t even have an idea of what topic I want to write about (it took me 30 minutes just to come up with the idea for this blog post). Ask me to write three sentences about anything and I will stare at the paper for about 10 minutes before my pen will touch the page. This tends to go back to my perfectionism; even my roughest draft has to be as close to flawless as possible. Still, I always turn my assignments in on time.
Mrs. Haag didn’t ask for anything perfect when she asked students to bring in our papers on peer review day. She wanted our rough drafts. Still, for every paper (there were five) I would always see one person go up to her desk and tell her, “I’m still working on my paper.” I have deemed this journey to the instructor’s desk The Walk of Shame. I understand that life gets busy sometimes, occasionally some people won’t be able to get all of their work done on time. But when it comes to the education that you’re paying for, I highly recommend finding the right balance and getting all of your work done. If this balance means that you take 12 credit hours per semester instead of 18, do that! It’s better to take 12 credit hours and get all A’s and B’s than it is to take 18 credit hours and have to retake all of them.
Mostly what I am asking of everyone… don’t take The Walk of Shame. Do all of your work and turn it in on time.