There are many private high schools in the Boston area where I live. As I have now learned, it would be impossible to apply to them all. I am applying to four schools and I thought I had it pretty easy. Boy, I was wrong! Each application is like three nights' worth of homework, so essentially the only time you have to get any real work done is on the weekends. But for some reason my normally pretty consistent work ethic disappears as soon as school ends on Friday, and I normally don't do homework until Sunday night. This procrastination means that all the application work, with the exception of one Saturday which I will be talking about in the following paragraph, has been done on Tuesday afternoons.
The ridiculous thing is that I had been out of school for two weeks. I don't think I thought the least bit about academic things all vacation. I subconsciously knew that I had a little more than a couple weeks to get my applications done, but I never considered doing them. For the final week of the holiday break, my family took a vacation to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. We had a nice little villa on the beach and things couldn't have been better, especially considering that we hadn't been on vacation in more than two years. Our flight was to leave on Sunday in the morning, so we planned to do most of our packing on Saturday. This meant we had nothing planned except hanging out at the beach. After a few hours, I decided to just relax for the rest of the day. It was then that I suddenly remembered the applications. I was filled with a sort of guilt because I knew doing them would be a great idea, but the prospect of sitting on a computer typing out long responses to dumb questions didn't sound appealing. But nonetheless, I made the decision to get some stuff done.
In the end, it was worth it, but I was constantly questioning myself what I was doing working when I could be chilling on a beach under the beautiful blue Mexican sky. But overall, getting this done meant not only less work in the future, but a better ability at stomping my procrastination habits. This instance showed me that perseverance can conquer anything and everything.