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President’s Weekly Messages to Students

It's Fight Procrastination Day

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Dear Kingsborough Students,

Yesterday we celebrated those who worked hard to build our country. Labor Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September to pay tribute to the contributions of laborers to the development and achievement of the United States.  The first Labor Day was celebrated in the 1800s.  

Yesterday we also celebrated West Indian culture in at the West Indian Day Parade.  On the first Monday of September, thousands of spectators line the streets to watch revelers from throughout the Caribbean diaspora in costumes dance along the parade route on Eastern Parkway.  The first parade was actually held in Harlem in 1947, but moved to Brooklyn because of the need for more space.

And today, believe it or not, is Fight Procrastination Day (I promise you I did not make this up).  It is recognized each year on September 6th. There is not clear how this day came about, but we all know that procrastination (putting things off) often affects many of us.  I admit, in college I was a huge procrastinator.  Fortunately for me, I would pay attention in class, and I took excellent notes so studying for tests was easy.  However, I would wait until the last minute to write papers, which meant I would have to pull all-nighters just to ensure my papers met the submission deadline.  There are a couple of times things did not work out in my favor.  Like the time I ran out of ink for my typewriter; or when I was in graduate school, my computer crashed and I lost everything I was working on.   And because I have waited until the night before I traveling to pack, I can’t begin to tell you how many things I have forgotten to pack.    

I am getting better though.  I have learned to plan ahead, break tasks into smaller sections, use the calendar on my phone to give me reminder alerts and the notes section to keep list of all the things I have to do and my favorite part is crossing things off my list.  

KCC students, what’s on your TO DO LIST?

With a few days left until the beginning of the academic year, it is important that you clear the way for a productive semester.  Get organized, and start or complete the tasks that you have been meaning to get to so that you have one less thing to think about and do once the semester starts.    

Classes start on September 9th! Here’s to new beginnings! Let’s get it started!

-       President Schrader

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