The Negative Effect of Procrastination on College Students

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Procrastination is a tendency to postpone, put off, delay, reschedule, take a rain check on, put on ice, hold off, or to defer what is necessary to reach a particular goal.(Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Philip Lief Group 2009.) While attending College some students find it hard to juggle work, family, and friends. Leading most students down a dangerous path to procrastination; that negative impact affect students from their physical health, mental health, and social health. Everyone has daily burdens and responsibilities that they would prefer to avoid rather than begin. For college students that burden becomes anything relating to college academics, from homework assignments, to essays due next week, or projects. However, by delaying the time necessary to complete an assignment or to write a well and comprehensible essay. Students are putting their physical well being at risk. By choosing to procrastinate, students are leave their bodies natural defenses weak and perfectly susceptible to the common germ. According to Hara Marano from “Psychology Today,” who talked to two of the world's leading experts on procrastination: Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, and Timothy Pychyl, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Both Ph.D., associate professors of psychology seem to agree that, “there are big costs to procrastination. Health is one. Just over the course of a single academic term, procrastinating college students had such evidence of compromised immune systems as more colds and flu, more gastrointestinal problems and insomnia.” With a weak immune system and other physical complications because of procrastinati... ... middle of paper ... ...lip Lief Group 2009.) Works Cited Marano, Hara Estroff. "Effects of Procrastination." Effects of Procrastination. Psychology Today, 7 July 2010. Web. 30 Oct. 2013. Tice, Dianne M., and Roy F. Baumeister. "LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF PROCRASTINATION, PERFORMANCE, STRESS, AND HEALTH: The Costs and Benefits of Dawdling." PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. Western Reserve Umverstty, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2013. Pychyl, Timothy A. "Perfectionism, Procrastination, and Distress." Psychology Today. Psychology Today, 28 Oct. 2012. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. HOLLOWAY, BRYNN E. "DOES PROCRASTINATION AND STRESS HAVE AN AFFECT ON YOUR HEALTH?" DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY Missouri Western State University. DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY Missouri Western State University, 04 Feb. 2003. Web. "procrastinate." Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Philip Lief Group 2009. 12 Nov. 2013.

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