Procrastinators unite for a long night

Writing Centre tutors (from left) Annie Slizak, Yueqi Wu and Scott Turner and Writing Centre Coordinator Jenna Goddard (below). (Annie Slizak/The Omega)

Writing Centre tutors (from left) Annie Slizak, Yueqi Wu and Scott Turner and Writing Centre Coordinator Jenna Goddard (below). (Annie Slizak/The Omega)

At 2 a.m. while most students were sleeping, others such as myself were participating in the Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP). I found myself at this event for two reasons: I had assignments that I needed to finish and more importantly – the event provided free pizza. Who doesn’t love free pizza? The LNAP is an event held twice a year to bring the procrastinating students of Thompson Rivers University together in an overnight work session.

The event is held in the TRU Main Library from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. with multiple information sessions, activities and Writing Centre tutors on hand to help students get through their work.

“Students have commented they get a lot done but it’s also valuable to see that other students have also left things for the last minute and are asking for help and needing help and you’re not alone doing it,” said Elizabeth Rennie, TRU’s Instruction and Outreach Librarian.

After a few hours of working on assignments I found myself in need of a mental break and stumbled upon Kenna Sim, a fourth-year sociology student who was taking a break from her own assignments. Sim has attended the LNAP twice now and said the event “was good motivation.”

“I don’t usually work at night so it motivated me to get it done,” Sim said.

After I finished chatting with Sim, I went upstairs to start working on this very article but on my way I almost tripped over a bright yellow bean bag. Sprawled out on the bean bag was TRU baseball player Frank Fisico, catching up on some reading for his Children’s Literature course. He was reading Peter Pan. Fisico said the event was perfect for fitting assignments into his busy schedule.

“There’s seminars and people here to help. It’s a good working environment. You see everyone else doing work and it’s monkey see, monkey do,” Fisico said. “Plus you can’t argue with free pizza.”

After I talked with Fisico I went and got more pizza. I realize now that I should have taken Sim’s advice when it comes to having a game plan for the event.

“I recommend that people come prepared with an idea of what you’re going to do. It’s hard when you show up and don’t know what you’re going to do,” Sim said.

At this semester’s LNAP event I got most of what I wanted to accomplish done, however, I did not make it to the 6 a.m. survivors’ breakfast. The LNAP is an event that challenges students to be productive and get the help they need from faculty and each other. The event also creates a community among the approximately 200 attendees. Students will have the chance to attend LNAP again when it runs next fall.