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Advice Column: Ask Jack and Jade

DISCLAIMER:
We are not professionals. We are students looking to help fellow students in their time of need.
Submit questions to askjackandjade [@] gmail.com. Submissions must be less than 200 words. All questions will be posted as anonymous unless specified otherwise.
Dear comrades,
I’m trying to overthrow the capitalist regime, but none of the other proletarians will join the revolution. How can I get them to see that communism is the one true way? -Comrade
Dear Comrade, 
I, too, struggle with enlightening the proletariat. Perhaps Marx was right in suggesting that the time must be right for communism to take form. As stated by Marx and Engels in “The Communist Manifesto,” the trajectory of history aims at the perfect end, which is communism.
However, until all workers find themselves properly prepared and ready to take hold of the means of production, we will not arrive at the equality that communism promises us. My advice would be to inform your fellow workers of the detriments of the capitalist regime, as well as enlightening them with your perception of the benefits of communism.
Consider contributing as a writer for the Mass Media or presenting your idea to the Philosophy Club for feedback. Good luck!
Sincerely,
Jack

Dear Jack and Jade,

Any tips on curbing procrastination? I’m terrible. Now, it’s affecting my school work. Please help! -Miss Procrastination 

Dear Miss Procrastination,

I’m glad you asked. Sadly, many of us are in the same boat as you. I have been a procrastinator most of my life.

I wish the answer to this was easy, but it isn’t. The only way you can stop procrastinating is by actually doing what you are supposed to do. I know it doesn’t sound like fun, but it’s as simple as that.

It’s not always encouraging to dive into doing your homework and assignments, but I’d encourage you even when you don’t feel like it to just do it. You have to tell yourself that despite your feelings or surroundings, you have to complete your assignment.

Setting up a study area and shutting out all distractions is a great first step. Make sure you have a snack or two to munch on from time to time.

The most important thing you can do is to condition your mind. There’s a saying that goes, “What the mind conceives, it can achieve.” Before you start your assignment, think about the grade you’d like to get. Decide how much time you need to set aside to complete your assignment. If you have a problem with time, make a study timetable and stick to it. Take a few minutes to read your assignment and, if it helps, break the assignment up into mini assignments.

Always try to complete assignments ahead of time so you have time to go over it and make sure you did what your instructor asked. You’ll definitely save yourself a lot of stress and potentially bad grades. Also, if you are having problems completing your assignment, ask your professor or a classmate for help.

After all the hard work is done, dive into your warm and cozy bed and watch a couple of your favorite shows. Or you can browse for new music videos on YouTube – whatever makes you happy!

Sincerely,

Jade