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Troy Steinmetz

I have spent a lot of my college career doing things like this. As a wholesale procrastinator, but one who values keeping his word, I find that putting my commitment in public is a great motivator.

Last year, I had a total of 63 pages of papers to write in various classes during the last 2-3 weeks of the Spring Quarter. So, to motivate myself, I made one of those fundraising thermometers and posted it outside my room along with my list of assignments. It could have said "look how busy I am. I can't talk to you." Instead, it turned into a rallying point. My hallmates would stop in to check on me or congratulate me on a new milestone. They gave me a lot of encouragement, uplifting messages, and even a stress relief back massage or two.

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