Software never works 100 percent as it should. “The more complex a piece of software, the harder it is to find all of the bugs,” as one of my professors would say. A bug in a piece of software is something that doesn’t work as intended. With a lot of college schoolwork being done on computers, you have to be prepared for these failures to occur.

As a tech-savvy guy and college student, I use a lot of different software to help with my assignments – any of the tools in the Microsoft suite, graph editors, Angel, the list goes on and on. I have grown to accept the fact that all software fails in some places. Accepting this has actually helped me to procrastinate less.

Say that you have a paper due in a week (or even less). Sometimes we are bogged down with other important assignments, and something gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. As the week goes on, that paper slips your mind entirely and suddenly you’re staring at a blank page in Microsoft Word the day before the paper is due. Then, all of a sudden, Word decides to not work, crashing every time you try to start it up.

What do you do? Well, there are plenty of computers on campus. The Power Room in Waldron and computer labs in Zurn are some viable alternatives. Every computer should have some form of word processing tool on them, so you’ll be able to write your paper.

Next time, simply start earlier. Assume that the software will fail at some point and that you need a head start to be able to get the work done. Since coming to college, I’ve started preparing for any technical mishap by starting projects early. I don’t want to end up in the aforementioned situation, so I allot myself more than enough time to complete each assignment.

So try starting earlier, expecting that something may go wrong with the software, and you will end up getting your work done instead of panicking the day before.


Procrastinators unite tomorrow! Which is exactly why Sarah Sgro waited to pack. Procrastinate with Sarah and David by reading College Inc.