The Paper of all papers…

So, imagine taking a class in pastoral counseling that never meets. In fact the only interaction with the professor comes before the beginning of the semester, at the halfway point, and then at the end? Then factor in that the only assignment is a book review… sound enticing? Well I thought so too. Then it came crunch time at the end of another semester and I realized that I had not completed three of the four prescribed objectives of the course. I failed to meet with my professor at the halfway point (although I am in another course with him…), failed to meet with him late in the semester, and failed to work on writing the review during the semester. Oh no right? Well I met with the professor, Dr Burns, and he did just that: burned me. Nearly anyway. He was quite upset that I never met with him in the middle of the semester on behalf of this class. He told me he wanted to review my work to make sure I was on track. At that point all I could hand him was two chapters of review… This obviously was not good enough. I promised him I would set out to complete the entire project pronto and he agreed that this might would be ok. Now let me describe the project.

There is a book called, “Competent Christian Counseling.” Looking at the book it does not appear to be too daunting. Yet, upon further inspection inside the pages, one finds that this book is quite cumbersome and must be read analytically because new terms are used and overall it is written to inform and not to be enjoyed. The assignment is to write a page summary of each chapter and another page of response or reaction to the chapter. That does not sound too bad until you realize there are 33 chapters to this 730 page book!!! Needless to say it was difficult to make up my mind and do it. I struggled through it tho. My strategy was this: with a highlighter in hand I planned on reading through the book completing marking up the chapters as I saw fit. This would transition into my next step of reviewing each chapter and then typing the review and the response together.

I finished the paper tonight. It was not fun. The hardest part was perseverance. If I was able to treat my fingers to some kind of reward I believe I would. Regardless, the paper was finished in 66 pages. That is 66 pages of content for 33 chapters worth of a book. 20,350 words was the word count after I added a title page. My mind is fried but my class has been saved. I don’t seek pity, I only wish to send a message to anyone considering going to college that procrastination is not the way to go. Get your work done early and playtime can come after. I wish I would have learned my lesson by now. Maybe one day tho…


About carlbasey

I am now in my second semester of seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I enjoy learning, reading, fishing, baseball, ultimate, and occasionally watching an entire season of a tv show at one time. I believe Jesus Christ saved me when I was 8 yrs young and has called me into vocational ministry. My life verse is Colossians 3:17
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