What happens when you miss a deadline? I’ve always prided myself in being one of those people who isn’t often late, who doesn’t miss assignments and always has the ability to manage their time effectively. Well, guess what? I missed a deadline! We are human and life can get extremely overwhelming, particularly at this time of the year when everything pools into a giant ball of stress.
I normally post my blog on Mondays. This weekend, I allotted myself what I thought would be enough time to finish three massive projects I have due on Tuesday. I had started all of them and nearly finished one but the one I thought I would have finished took me until last night at 2:00 a.m. to finish. I hand-beaded a 30-string wampum (a Haudenosaunee mnemonic device used for storytelling, record-keeping and information) for one of my Book and Media Studies courses, Elements of Bibliography and Print Culture. More info at the end of this blog!
When it comes to pumping out papers or doing readings, I know exactly how much time I need in order to finish an assignment. Creative projects take quite a bit longer; an important lesson I found out this weekend. I had originally intended to sew my wampum to leather. It didn’t take long before I realized how difficult this would be, and instead had to run all around looking for a particular glue that would work with the materials I’d purchased. Words of wisdom are that you may underestimate how long it takes to finish an assignment and rather than miss the deadline, it’s best to ask for an extension. Ensure that you read your syllabus regarding assignment policies and how best to contact the professor; the earlier, the better. It’s better to submit your best work, even if it has a bit of a late grade, then to submit something that you have to rush to finish. If you are a person who chronically hands in assignments late, it may be up to your professor or TA if they want to grant the extension but they’re more understanding than you might expect. After all, they went through it, too! For certain assignments, you may have to contact your registrar’s office to request a form explaining your circumstances for why a project is late. Obviously, when it comes to major assignments or exams, U of T has official policies regarding that, which I hopefully never have to go through. But in the instance that you do, I’m certain there are resources to help if you have a good reason for missing an exam.
In other news, last week I had the opportunity to attend the 25th Anniversary Party of First Nations House at the U of T President’s Estate. The food was amazing (and Indigenous-inspired!), and speeches from former students, Directors at First Nations House and hand-drum performances by Jenny Blackbird and a quartet was a great way to celebrate the success of First Nations House and Indigenous communities fostered through U of T. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by First Nations House, please do! Follow First Nations House on Twitter and Facebook for upcoming events.
In case you were wondering why this project took me so long, I’ve included a photo. I hand-beaded and glued each wampum string, along with designing and cutting the cover and creating a book. Each stone corresponds with a major life event, which will be translated into Mohawk with the assistance of Professor Ryan DeCaire. The name of the project is “Milestones,” and it, among 150+ other undergraduate handmade artist’s books will be on display for the Artist’s Book Exhibition, which will be taking place at Brennan Hall on Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00pm. Come vote for your favourite book for the popular vote! 😉 A special jury will choose the first prize winner, who will be entered into a national competition for a travelling exhibition with Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and many other prizes will be awarded.
Have a great week, and good luck with end of term!