Research Assistant job – cool.
Self-motivated – cool.
Accountability via trust and results – cool.
Last-minute proposal for academic essay panel – moderate_level stress.
Last-minute proposal for academic essay I dont have time to research – sleep-disrupting_level stress.
I managed to write a convincing and seemingly knowledgeable abstract proposal on a topic i haven’t had time to research. It’s one of the more stressful things I’ve had to do, all while imagining myself reading this imaginary essay in front of a roomful of people.
I heard a story about an undergrad who wrote her essay on the importance of some author’s use of punctuation, and how it affected the meaning of their novel. At the end, someone more researched stood up and asked, “but what do you think about the fact [author]’s editor was the one who put all that punctuation in for him?”