I do not have formal experience writing lengthy papers, so my Master’s program being a distance learning program entirely based on the production of said papers has been quite a challenge for me. I have no experience with the protocols and grammar of the genre and need to bootstrap myself into being able to produce a passable paper.

Luckily for me, one of my coworkers was willing to sit down and help me edit my paper for the price of a meal. Seeing as I would have bought the guy a meal anyway just to hang out and talk, getting some work down and helping me put a more professional and polish shine to my paper was a huge bonus. We got down to work and an hour or two later I had a lot of the fixes I knew my paper needed, but wasn’t able to see for myself after the months of editing. It was a huge help.

I got a few hours this morning to go to the office andĀ implementedĀ the changes required. I’m on target to meet the deadline for this paper, which is more than I can say of the people in the program currently enrolled at the same time. I’m always a little nervous whenever there is a deadline involved in my work, so being able to get things done on a schedule is extremely important to me. One of my coworkers also working under the same deadline explained he’s got a “puckering” problem, which is office slang for that tightening of the anus due to stress someone gets when they know they are wasting time and have better things to do.

I’m not going to let myself get puckered, so I’ve already started studying the next module during this time off from the semester, and I’ll be ahead again when it comes to writing next module if I follow the same schedule I did for this one. It turns out that if you really do manage your time well, it’s not impossible to finish. If someone without a newborn can’t find the time, and I can still get it done, there must be something to keeping to a schedule.