Are you a Workaholic?

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

1. It’s Friday night and you have a paper due Monday morning. What are your plans for the weekend?

2. How well do you know the hours for McCabe?

3. How many study places do you have?

4. How active do you think your social life is?

5. It’s Crunkfest! What are your plans?

Your score:

If you scored 5 to 7, you are one of the many workaholics here at Swarthmore. While other people your age are preoccupied with drama and relationships, you prefer to think about GPA, grad school, and how to get ahead in class. Careful, you don’t want to miss out on a good Swarthmore experience. To make sure you spend some time just for fun, schedule a half-hour every day completely to yourself. No homework, no worries, no stress. Just you and The Office.

If you scored 8 to 12, you keep a very good, consistent balance between work and play. You know exactly when to study and when it’s time to let go. However, this type of lifestyle may be boring and tedious; for the future, be more spontaneous and spend a day in Philly just exploring the city. It’ll be fun and spontaneous!

If you scored 13 to 16, you believe in the mentality: work hard, party hard. You have a thriving social life as well as a decent academic one. As long as you are social and active in both, you’re all good. However, make sure not to overdo either one. For instance, you don’t want to go to class and take a quiz hungover.

If you scored 16 to 20, you are indeed a rare breed at Swarthmore. You live for Swarthmore’s social life and completely ignore academics. Only when you are in danger of actually failing a class do you haul ass. However, this mentality can get you in trouble for post-Swarthmore life. Make sure you start pulling your academic weight when it comes closer and closer to graduation; you don’t want to look irresponsible to those potential employers.


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