Boring! Boredom! Eternal boredom! I bet we all have those thoughts from time to time after receiving an assignment. Another essay and another topic you have absolutely no interest in. Well, I do have fun writing this for you, guys, but there were these dark and sorrowful days when I had to write the essays on some extremely weird topics for university assignments.
Once we were given a task to make an interview with a historical figure who is already dead. You`d think that it`s interesting and seems simple but there has to be a tricky part and it was beyond all our expectations. We had to ask this person the questions so they could tell something we don`t know about them yet. I`m sorry, professor, but what if practically every single day of their lives are known from the works of biographers? Turned out we had to make the whole conversation up. Until that day I didn`t know the teachers were allowed to smoke weed.
Anyway, some assignments may seem crazy. But this is more or less bearable. Have you ever seen fully sane students after a couple of years of studying at the university? But when the topic is plain boring (at least that`s what it seems to you), then the whole writing process may turn into a torture.
Of course, nobody will ask you to write an essay about the evolution of Victoria`s Secret lingerie so, in comparison to this topic, any other would seem pretty tedious. Perhaps, this is a good idea for an article. I bet the boys will dig the illustrations. I won`t torment you with the cool topics of essays anymore, let`s get back to our problem. So the essay you`re writing may have a potential to become the most uninteresting and depressing ever. What can you do about it?
Rules Are Made to Be Broken
I`m going to tell you one of the biggest secrets of the university education right now. If you already know it, then don`t kill my vibe and just read it until the end. That`s something that I`ve been doing on multiple occasions when the topic of an essay or any other work didn`t please me that much. I would just write down the right title and the entering passage was also in an agreement with the requirements but then a sentence by sentence my thoughts would usually go far away from the topic.
If you manage to capture the attention of a professor with some really good creative writing skills, then he/she will most definitely forget about the initial topic. As I said, I pulled it off multiple times. Your story has to be emotional, a bit provocative and it has to contain a certain moral (teachers do love that).
However, I have to warn you that this method will not work at the finals or exams where you`ll have to write an essay. If the task is to describe the cultural features of a traditional Maya settlement but all you want to write about is their failed prediction of the end of the world, then don`t be surprised because of getting the worst score.
Use the keywords pretending that you actually keep in mind the actual topic but still you may go all creative about this task. Just remember that everything has its limit, don`t overdose with an imagination though. It has to resemble the initial task at least for one bit.
I`m Going to Treat Myself for Thinking About Treating Myself
Humans largely depend on the award system which is situated in our brain. It is responsible for giving that special vibe of satisfaction after we achieve something, after somebody praises us and after we do something that required a lot of motivation and hard work. I think the last one does remind us of the assignment you have.
So in order to complete an undesirable task, just promise yourself that you`re going to get a good treat afterwards. Not just a treat but something that you have been wanting for a long long time. So a chocolate bar definitely won`t do. There is no reason to buy a car either (but in case you`re into that stuff, then good luck with a purchase). But to please your reward system, the present for yourself has to be really significant.
I literally never do any assignment beforehand. The last night before the submission is the greatest motivator and the most effective booster of creativity. I bet 99% of you do the same. By the way, scientifically speaking, our brain postpones all the energy-consuming tasks on purpose so we won`t get stressed out not now but later. Well, thanks, sounds like a major disservice to me.
But this might be that only one special time when you`ll have to do the task at least a couple of days ahead. Why? This way your brain will adapt to the inevitability of the situation and will make the steps towards resolving this issue. But if you leave everything for the last night, you may just consider ditching the assignment you hate at all.
There is one more variant actually but I`m not sure at all whether it has a chance for success. It all depends on your diplomatic skills and the adequacy of your teacher. Maybe if you explain your struggle and ask for another topic it will actually work. Only, of course, if your professor is cool. Trust me all of them want to be considered cool.