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Essay Slump

I have 2 portfolios to write in two (ish) weeks, 3 mini essays each and i just realized that one of the essays im writing there is no way that i can find resources for it in my schedule and because of that there is no way that I'm gonna get my second portfolio due in time. I am schitzophrenic so procrastination is my enemy and sometimes I can't control that which is how I've ended up in this predicament. Please help me, I am getting so stressed out.
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Original post by catrionabruce3
I have 2 portfolios to write in two (ish) weeks, 3 mini essays each and i just realized that one of the essays im writing there is no way that i can find resources for it in my schedule and because of that there is no way that I'm gonna get my second portfolio due in time. I am neurodivergent so procrastination is my enemy and sometimes I can't control that which is how I've ended up in this predicament. Please help me, I am getting so stressed out.

neurodivergent is too wide a thing now for any narrowing advice despite the heterogeneity. You know you.

If you have a diagnosed disorder you could request mini extensions and space them out so its one THEN the next
Original post by catrionabruce3
I have 2 portfolios to write in two (ish) weeks, 3 mini essays each and i just realized that one of the essays im writing there is no way that i can find resources for it in my schedule and because of that there is no way that I'm gonna get my second portfolio due in time. I am neurodivergent so procrastination is my enemy and sometimes I can't control that which is how I've ended up in this predicament. Please help me, I am getting so stressed out.

Also if you can't get an extension, just be pragmatic and phone in that one essay and aim to do the bare minimum to get a passing mark in it, and focus on doing well in all the others.
Original post by catrionabruce3
I have 2 portfolios to write in two (ish) weeks, 3 mini essays each and i just realized that one of the essays im writing there is no way that i can find resources for it in my schedule and because of that there is no way that I'm gonna get my second portfolio due in time. I am schitzophrenic so procrastination is my enemy and sometimes I can't control that which is how I've ended up in this predicament. Please help me, I am getting so stressed out.

Hey there,

I understand how stressful this must be for you. It sounds like you're juggling a lot right now, and I'm sorry you're feeling overwhelmed.

Given the tight deadline and the difficulty you're having with one of your essays, it's crucial to prioritise your well-being. I strongly recommend reaching out to your university's student well-being services as soon as possible. They're there to support you through tricky times like this and can provide guidance and resources to help you manage your stress and workload. Also, consider talking to your peers who are doing the same essay and brainstorm ideas on how to find resources for your essay. I have always found it to be helpful, and luckily, I have them helping me out. I hope you can do it too.

In the meantime, try not to be too hard on yourself. Procrastination can be challenging to deal with, especially when you're managing everything else. Take things one step at a time and focus on what you can realistically accomplish within your time frame. Create SMART goals. I have found it to be really helpful, especially during tight deadlines. Write down everything that you need to do. It will help you get a clear picture when you split it into smaller tasks and give a timeline for each. I know it takes a lot of effort, but trust me when I say this: it is very satisfying when you strike off one after the other from your to-do list and reach the end.

If possible, consider discussing your situation with your professors or academic advisors. They may be able to offer extensions or alternative solutions to help ease some of the pressure.
Remember to take breaks when needed and prioritise self-care. You're doing your best, and that's what matters most. Take care. Please feel free to reach out and update us with what's happening or if you need any further advice!

Cheers,
MSc (International Business Student).
Original post by catrionabruce3
I have 2 portfolios to write in two (ish) weeks, 3 mini essays each and i just realized that one of the essays im writing there is no way that i can find resources for it in my schedule and because of that there is no way that I'm gonna get my second portfolio due in time. I am schitzophrenic so procrastination is my enemy and sometimes I can't control that which is how I've ended up in this predicament. Please help me, I am getting so stressed out.

Have you accessed DSA for the student mentor stuff?
Original post by catrionabruce3
I have 2 portfolios to write in two (ish) weeks, 3 mini essays each and i just realized that one of the essays im writing there is no way that i can find resources for it in my schedule and because of that there is no way that I'm gonna get my second portfolio due in time. I am schitzophrenic so procrastination is my enemy and sometimes I can't control that which is how I've ended up in this predicament. Please help me, I am getting so stressed out.

Hi,
I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling under this pressure. Have you accessed any of your university's mental health/disability support? Often these services can offer various outlets of support for example deadline extensions, aid with time management and so on. I would highly recommend getting in touch with the support team at your university as this can help you now and for future assignments.
Hope this helps! Faye :smile:
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Original post by catrionabruce3
I have 2 portfolios to write in two (ish) weeks, 3 mini essays each and i just realized that one of the essays im writing there is no way that i can find resources for it in my schedule and because of that there is no way that I'm gonna get my second portfolio due in time. I am schitzophrenic so procrastination is my enemy and sometimes I can't control that which is how I've ended up in this predicament. Please help me, I am getting so stressed out.

Hi,

I’m sorry to hear about your position! ☹️ My advice would be to look at getting an extension. In some universities, you can get certain lengths of extensions without evidence. To get a long extension, you typically need evidence. This could be in the form of medical evidence, such as a letter from a GP talking about how your condition affects you and your ability to study and complete assessments. This way, you can get longer time to complete the assessments. As well as this, I’d maybe look at getting in touch with the university’s wellbeing team to support you through the large amount of essays you have, as this is bound to be a stressful time. Also, I would also suggest getting in touch with your university’s academic advisors, as they can help you to plan out your essays and manage your time with the assessments.

I hope this helps!

Estelle
Third Year Psychology
University of Huddersfield

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