Weekly Report 01/09 to 01/15
Mismanagement. This week, and those before it for that matter, I managed to forget one thing: my board. To think I had an incredibly easygoing weekend in all my other classes, and I still managed to leave the board for last. The only consolation I have was my first mentor meeting.
Many of my friends say I challenge myself too much. They think I take too many AP and Pre-AP courses and they claim my life is dominated by homework. That is far from the truth though, I take significantly less AP and Pre-AP courses as many of my peers in ISM. Taking less AP courses allows for me to spend more time doing homework, but I still take significantly longer to do my homework than my peers. I am not sure if I spend too much time doing homework or if I procrastinate too much. Take weekly reports, most ISM students I have talked to take thirty minutes to complete their report, while I take around an hour. (Admittedly I have gotten quite a bit faster these past two weeks). It is a tough issue to deal with. When do I start homework? How do I motivate myself to work? Is it really better to spend less time working on homework? I am not sure. I believe I should start working earlier and accept the fact I will not have as much free-time as I would like. However, that is easier said than done. This weekend I left my research board for last. I just spent the last 8 hours working on it. I painted the background, worked on using the outline as best I could to save time, but I still took far too long cutting the paper and resizing it to put in the board. To top it all off I am still not done! If I learned anything this week it is to better organize my priorities and to stop avoiding homework.
Luckily I also had my first mentor visit. Ms. Vernon and I met up on a restaurant next to SMU and talked about the Mentor Handbook as well as the Research Showcase. She helped me figure out how to better my original work and set up a plan for future mentor visits. I am incredibly excited. This is a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity. I will make the best of it.