By Jim Larkin and Jack Powers
As we approach the semester’s end, the madness often reaches levels akin to those experienced in Shakespeare’s quasi-hallucinatory “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Indeed, the chaos that ensues in the final days before a term paper is due may cause one to exclaim, “What fools these mortals be!”
- They require documentation. Regardless of how well versed in the subject you may be, you don’t want to be formatting footnotes the night before your paper is due.
- The unexpected. Factors outside your control that can add to the time it takes to write a term paper -- computer problems, illness, unexpected assignments. As Monthy Python put it, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!” The P tendency to wait until later in the game to begin writing can get you into trouble -- something that sets you back a single 24-hour period can make the difference between several letter grades.