Adi is a college student. This is a typical 24 hour period for him.
12 a.m. : Adi returns from the convenience store with a second dinner that would make a hobbit proud. “ahmm, munch scrunch. I really should start my math homework soon”. Instead, Adi continues to watch NBA highlights on Youtube along with just the right mix of beauty tutorials.
I a.m. : The sounds of munching cease, but Adi lays dormant with laptop upon chest. “I really should start my math homework, but I have some time”. Adi is starting to feel sleepy, but is awake enough to convince himself the night is still young. *yawn*
2 a.m. : Adi finally logs onto the college website to check the math homework due tomorrow, which has been available for the past week. “Oh shit! Professor gave us 7 proofs to write that are all complicated and can’t be done correctly in one shot.” Adi has a panic attack and quickly scours math forums for general problem solving strategies, but then realizes no one understands this shit either. He jolts out of bed, scampers over to his desk, and starts reading the text.
4 a.m. : Adi has a scribbly sheet with some answers on it that are probably all wrong, but that’s better than not turning it in, right? *yawn* “Man I worked so hard today, I need some time to relax.” Adi starts watching Game of Thrones, which is a mistake. “I’ll just set 7 alarms in the morning. There’s no way I won’t wake up.”
5 a.m. : Adi passed out on his bed. His laptop fell to the floor with a loud bang and got another dent on its side.
10 a.m. : *warning sound indicating nuclear melt down* Adi silences the first of seven alarms. Rinse and repeat. “Shoot! I have 2 minutes to get out the door and start walking to gym or I’ll be late.” Adi puts on an efficient combination of pj’s and undershirt that is still gym appropriate. Then he hustles out the door like a boss.
10:30 a.m. : A very grumpy and sleep deprived Adi can be found zombie pedaling on an exercise bike.
11:30 a.m. : Time for math class. Adi pulls out the scribbly homework sheet he spent so long preparing. “Class it looks like some of us are struggling on the homework so I want you to take a survey so I can see where you all are having problems”, says Adi’s professor. The survey asks whether students take (0-3),(3-7),or (7-10) hours on the homework. Adi checks off 3-7 because he works really hard even though the homework takes him 2 hours to scribble. The professor reminds the class that the homework requires at least 5 hours to properly complete. At this point Adi looks down and starts doodling super heroes in his notebook as his professor begins writing Greek on the board (no like actual Greek not joking).
12:30 p.m. : Adi’s notes are covered with doodles and his professor is extending class slightly to introduce another cool Greek letter. “wazzizzafig”, says the professor (Adi has completely zoned out). “Class dismissed”, Adi is the first one out the door to get some lunch.
1:30 p.m. : “meheegurglegurgle”, says another math professor. Adi converts a picture of the famous mathematician Carl Frederich Gauss into a pterodactyl by extending his nose and turning his ears into wings. “This function is…”, Adi stops doodling and copies down a supposedly important theorem.
3:00 p.m. : “daba-di-daba-doo”, says an econ professor,”daba-di-Adi do you know why there are so many drug dealers on the streets here in Hickville? What’s the economic story behind that?” Fucckkk I totally didn’t read that either. Adi’s professor patiently waits for an answer. “Uhmm Hickville has a lot of poor white people on meth, remember that house that blew up last week? This is clearly linked to the author’s point that blue collar white workers are being marginalized”, says Adi. “Very good! That was an excellent point. Blue collar white laborers are some of the most under…”, back to doodling.
4:30 p.m. : “meheeblahbadydoop- drugs are bad kids, but these blue collar white workers are being forced onto meth by such high taxes”, Adi has heard enough from this enlightened one for today and plops back down on his bed. Back to Youtube videos. “Man going to class is hard work”, says Adi.
6:00 p.m. : Dinner time, Adi feasts with several of his close friends at a mess hall fit for kings; except it’s a college cafeteria.
7:00 p.m. : Adi sits down to write his blog post. He achieves a zen like state first and collects his thoughts from a days worth of doodling and daydreaming.
9:00 p.m. : “Wow! This blog post is killer”, Adi publishes his post now that he is done with the final edits.
10:00 p.m. : Adi receives a reminder email about the homework and reading due tomorrow. “Reading is for scrubs”, says Adi, “I have two hours anyways before I need to start my work.”
11:00 p.m. : “Proofs are for scrubs, I still have two hours before I need to start my work”, says Adi. Adi heads off to the convenience store.
Today I felt a lot of frustration towards myself, my classes, my professors, and just life in general. On days like this I get angry enough that I can’t help but make light of the situation. I find self deprecating humor and pessimism are ways I express my frustrations without bottling them in. I thought I would share those inner thoughts with you today to provide some comic relief to anyone else who is fighting inner frustrations. Through these slightly exaggerated reflection scenarios I eventually become more honest with myself about the implications of my actions. Honesty and self acceptance are what I take as the first steps towards improvement.