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The Blue & Gray Press | August 24, 2019

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Single White Unemployed Female: Procrastination not Always a Problem

I have a procrastination problem.

It’s more serious than merely listing “procrastinating” under my interests on Facebook. It’s not that I’m lazy—well, at least I don’t think so. I’ve always been pretty bad about it, but senior year has magnified it to a ridiculous amount.

I used to think I had left Senioritis behind in high school, but apparently O’Connell High School decided to Fed-Ex it back to me in Fredericksburg.

Hulu, Netflix Watch Instantly and YouTube have been a great contributor, since I’ve been able to find episodes of Daria and Freaks and Geeks, as well as all my favorite teen movies of the ’90s.

I’ll try to start my assignments ahead of time by going somewhere inspirational, like a library or Hyperion, hoping that the aroma of roasted beans and caffeine will work like Adderall and I’ll morph into a reading and writing machine.

This never works, and somehow I get distracted. I find a way to sidetrack from my paper, project or exam study session.

Simply getting a song stuck in my head will trigger my procrastination. I’ll start with a paper for Sociolinguistics, and somehow, a strange train of thought begins. I start humming The Smith’s “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and end up on the Wikipedia page for Raffi’s song “Bananaphone.”

I feel like the black sheep in the family when it comes to this bad habit. My mom has never been the doing-things-at-the-last-minute type, my dad likes to take care of things as soon as they need to be done and my sister will start and finish things a week before they’re due. I, on the other hand, can’t complete something unless it’s due the next day.

Though it sounds like a curse and a burden, there are some good things that can come out of being a procrastinator. I work much better under the pressure of a deadline, which some professions, like journalism, consider an asset. I always trust my instincts when I write because I don’t have time to second-guess myself.

That all being said, procrastination has a lot more cons than pros. As a result, I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to not do things at the last minute. I want to know what it’s like to have free time before the big assignment’s due, because I did it ahead of time. I’m going to try to waste my time on YouTube and Netflix after I’ve (gasp!) finished my paper.

By the next Bullet issue, I’ll have a new article due for this column, and I’m going to try to start it this weekend. I’ll probably start on it when I’m on the train to D.C. for my internship. Actually, maybe I’ll start this weekend and go to Hyperion. Wait a sec, it’s my birthday, crap. You know, I have a few hours before deadline, so I’ll crank it out then.


  1. Humberto

    I’ve read your articles and don’t get it. Is there an ongoing thesis here? Your articles don’t connect to being a white single unemployed female. As far as I’m concerned, having an internship and being a full time student isn’t the same as unemployed. If you tried to file for unemployment you wouldn’t get it. Actually, after reading your last article, I don’t think that you would file on time since you like to procrastinate.

    I would like to see more meat in these pieces. These feel like diary entries rather than commentary on life which I would like to see. thanks for writing.

    H Chavez

  2. Long time reader, first time commenter!

    First let me just say that I enjoy where this column is heading, but I agree with Humberto. The author doesn’t seem to be able to get past trying to impress readers with her wide array of vague pop culture references, but I’m confident that if she could the entire paper would benefit. Although the occasional cultural comparison can strengthen the work, these references should be used sparingly and not as a crutch for an insecure girl who just wants an entire readership to like her. Basically what I’m saying is that there are more pop culture references in one of Miss Begin’s columns than there are STDs in an entire fraternity house–now let’s get the Bullet some Valtrex and move forward with what has potential to be an informative and interesting column.

  3. Cameron

    I think the fact that there is no strong thesis is partially intentional. The column is about a young woman who doesn’t know exactly where she is going in life. One day her mind is here, the other day its there. Also, I believe that the “vague pop culture references” are great. Not only are they funny, they personify the Single White Unemployed Females out there who stalk and Perez Hilton.

  4. SB

    I enjoyed reading this piece and it is definitely a topic that most of UMW can relate to since majority of the campus is made up of white females. The use of overly used pop culture references hardly amounts to the STDs in an entire fraternity house. She was just trying to connect with the audience, which I thought she did very well. Also, I think for unemployment purposes here, unemployed = no income. Being a student = no income. Having an internship = no income. So I would guess that she is, indeed, unemployed. 🙂

  5. Gabbi

    I would like to rebut SB: as a student here at UMW, I would like to speak for everyone at school and say that 95% of the population’s parents are paying for their lives right now. When your parents are paying for everything, as I suspect is the author’s situation, you are not unemployed technically since you do not need alternative sources of money to sustain your life.

  6. SB, I have a question regarding your logic: what does being a white female have to do with procrastination? And you’re right about the number of pop culture references not equaling the number of STDs in a frat house. Forgive me for my hyperbole.