Should She Do the Assignment?

Eszter Klára Szabó

She had an important decision to make… Should she do the last Civilization assignment of the year—writing about a situation in which someone makes an important choice—and ‘waste’ her so-precious time on it, or just leave it be and do the tasks she considers more important?

As the school-leaving exam was rapidly approaching, she became more and more stressed about it. All she did day and night was study biology, math, Hungarian, and history. She did not care for the other subjects, especially not civilization. It’s not that she ever disliked the subject – in fact she thought it was very interesting and a fun thing to learn about when one has the time. But she didn’t have time.

However, she had to take into consideration all the pros and cons she could. If she decided against doing the assignment, it might negatively affect her grade at the end of the year, which might lead to her having fewer points, and also, isn’t it just embarrassing to have a five in all subjects but civilization? No, no, no stop focusing on the negatives. It could be also considered writing practice, which might be beneficial for the upcoming English test, but if we’re on the topic already, why would I do this and not an actual English essay? Takes the same amount of time, and one is much more practical than the other. Another thing is – there was no previous time when she did not complete an assignment just because she didn’t feel like it. It’s such a lousy excuse. Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to; we have to fulfill our responsibilities even if they suck.

The end of the story… well it’s pretty easy to guess, isn’t it? Perfectionism won again.