The Negative Effect of Procrastination on College Students

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Procrastination is a tendency to postpone, put off, delay, reschedule, take a rain check on, put on ice, hold off, or to defer what is necessary to reach a particular goal.(Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Philip Lief Group 2009.) While attending College some students find it hard to juggle work, family, and friends. Leading most students down a dangerous path to procrastination; that negative impact affect students from their physical health, mental health, and social health. Everyone has daily burdens and responsibilities that they would prefer to avoid rather than begin. For college students that burden becomes anything relating to college academics, from homework assignments, to essays due next week, or projects. …show more content…
Just as students put their physical bodies at risk students are putting their mental health on the line as well. More and more students are piling on mountains of stresses and strains on their bodies but more so on their minds by choosing to procrastinate. According to Dr. Ferrari associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, he suggests that the “stress or anxiety we feel over long periods of time can lead to more serious situations such as depression and other forms of mental illnesses... that will make our lives much harder to cope with.” The true ramifications of delaying or stalling assignments is putting one's mental health on the line. Students may gain anxiety, and or depression problems because of the exceeding amount of stress and pressure they put themselves under when students defer tasks. Another effect of procrastination is building up unnecessary amounts of stress.
Deferring a task such as writing a paper does not necessarily mean a student's paper will turn out negatively. However, it also does not help a student to procrastinate because students builded up exceeding amounts of stress. According to, “Longitudinal Study Of Procrastination, Performance, Stress, and Health:The Costs and Benefits of Dawdling,” this study suggest that,“Even if the estimated time to do a paper is accurate, the student may perform worse because of unforeseen delays or