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Essay-Writing Guide for College Students

  1. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a well lighted place with plenty of freshly sharpened pencils.
  2. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand it.
  3. Walk down to the vending machines and buy some coffee to help you concentrate.
  4. Stop off at another floor on the way back and visit with your friend from class. If your friend hasn't started the paper yet either, you can both walk to McDonald's and buy a hamburger to help you concentrate. If your friend shows you his paper, typed, double- spaced, and bound in one of those irritating see-thru plastic folders, drop him.
  5. When you return to your room, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well-lit place with plenty of freshly sharpened pencils.
  6. Read over the assignment again to make sure you understand it.
  7. Check your e-mail; reply to everyone who sent you e-mails. Forward today's JokeFiles.com newsletter to your aunts, uncles, and cousins.
  8. You know, you haven't written to that kid you met at camp since fourth grade... You'd better write that letter now and get it out of the way so you can concentrate.
  9. Go check your teeth in the bathroom mirror. Return to your computer.
  10. Listen to your favorite CD and that's it, I mean it, as soon as it's over you are going to start that paper.
  11. Listen to another CD. Rip both CDs to MP3 and transfer them to your iPod.
  12. Check your e-mail again.
  13. Rearrange your CDs in alphabetical order. Now do an inventory to make certain that you have ripped them all to the hard-drive.
  14. Phone your friend on the other floor and ask if he's started writing yet. Exchange derogatory remarks about your teacher, the course, the university and the world at large.
  15. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well-lit place with plenty of freshly sharpened pencils.
  16. Check your e-mail to make sure no-one sent you any urgent messages since the last time you checked. Then watch the "Hott for Hillary" viral video a couple of times.
  17. Read over the assignment again; roll the words across your tongue; savor their special flavor.
  18. Check the TV listings to make sure you aren't missing something truly worthwhile on TV. NOTE: When you have a paper due in less than 12 hours, anything on TV, from Masterpiece Theater to Sgt. Preston of the Yukon is truly worthwhile, with these exceptions: Pro Bowlers' Tour, sewing shows, or any movie starring Don Ameche ("Picture Mommy Dead" and "Things Change," excluded).
  19. Catch the last hour of Soul Brother of Kung Fu on channel 265.
  20. Phone your friend on the third floor to see if he was watching. Discuss the finer points of the plot.
  21. Go look at your tongue in the bathroom mirror.
  22. Look through your roommate's book of pictures from home. Ask who everyone is.
  23. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the future.
  24. Open your door and check to see if there are any mysterious, trench-coated strangers lurking in the hall.
  25. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well-lit place with plenty of freshly sharpened pencils.
  26. Read over the assignment one more time, just for the heck of it.
  27. Check your e-mail.
  28. Scoot your chair across the room to the window and watch the sunrise.
  29. Lie face down on the floor and moan.
  30. Leap up to write the paper.
  31. Type the paper in under an hour and turn it in with minutes to spare.


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