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The productivity of the Night Against Procrastination

Rita Chetty, Staff Writer

Many students showed up to participate in the Night Against Procrastination event that took place in the library on October 5th. (Latecia Ragland)

Are you stressed about midterms? Are you caught up with your assignments? How have you been avoiding procrastination?

On Oct. 5, Ames Library hosted the Night Against Procrastination to battle the ongoing issue of students struggling to find the motivation to do homework. Librarians and tutors from the Center for Learning offered help and guidance to the students who attended.

Those who attended were greeted by campus mascot Talon at the door with tables full of snacks, tutoring information and raffles for prizes to be given throughout the night.

The night consisted of tutoring for a wide array of subjects such as math, biology and chemistry. Many students attending saw the event as an opportunity to get work done with no distractions, while others used the night to destress with friends and peers who created a welcoming study environment.

Junior music education major Kendall Farra was one of the students who assisted in leading a drum circle in the middle of Martin Square, which was offered as a creative way for students to take a study break. Those who joined in on the music making had an opportunity to create their unique beat and even have their own drum solo.

“We were asked…to provide an opportunity for the students at the Night Against Procrastination to rest and relax with a few musical exercises,” Farra said. “We set up the reading room with some pitched percussion instruments, xylophones and the like, and set up the drum circle outside.”

Junior business administration and economics major Kaitlynn Burnett, a tutor, provided many reasons for how an event such as Night Against Procrastination can be useful for students.

“Students see other students come ask for help, and it makes them feel more okay with asking when they need it,” Burnett said. “They just see the opportunity and take it rather than feeling scared to schedule [tutoring] or being scared of how the process works.”

Burnett mentioned how being introduced to tutoring early in the year can be helpful.

“When there is a question, students should ask right away because when it gets later into the quarter, things are going to pile up,” Burnett said. “The earlier they get help, the better, because then they are setting themself for success.”

Sophomore psychology major Esal Shakil, a student academic counselor from the Center for Learning, thought the event motivated those in attendance while also helping them get acquainted with a new study space.

Advertisement for the Night Against Procrastination event in the library. (Latecia Ragland)

“Getting familiar with the library and all the space in the library where they can study is really important,” Shakil said.

Many students appreciated the event for providing tutors and promoting further learning opportunities offered by the Center for Learning. Having these resources can be vital to many, especially due to approaching midterms, essays and assignments.

The question of eradicating procrastination still lingers, but this event offered creative solutions. The resources available for the students in Ames Library and beyond gives many students, such as junior business major Natalie Williams, hope and optimism for their future study habits.

“I think it can be useful for people who are struggling to adjust to college education,” Williams said. “I think it promotes productivity. When you’re surrounded by people who are productive, it makes you feel productive.”