Roslyn High School Student Caroline Trezza Wins Scholarship For Procrastination Study

ROSLYN, NY (CBSNewYork / AP) – This Long Island student didn’t procrastinate on her work!

Caroline Trezza, 17, a high school senior interviewed fellow students at Roslyn High School for her study on procrastination.

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Because of her hard work, she came in second in the Young Epidemiology Scholars contest, and won a $35,000 college scholarship.

Trezza focused on 168 students. She noted that procrastination could be more than just a bad habit. She found that a students’ mental health could be affected by the psychological stress of putting tasks off.

She told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that those who procrastinate tend to have lower self-worth.

“I actually found that students who believed more in their own capabilities were less inclined to procrastinate. Students who were intrinsically motivated to do really well and have, like, a need for achievement, that capability in turn was was linked to reduced procrastination,” she says.

She says studying procrastination was an easy choice.

“Yeah, it was very much just seeing how relevant it was and having friends that procrastinate and procrastinating myself. It was kind of seeing it all around me and something that a lot of people could relate to,” she says.

The contest is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which focuses on health care.

Caroline is looking at majoring in psychology when she goes off to college.

National Procrastination Week was the second week in March. Perhaps you wanted to participate, but put it off?

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One Comment

  1. John says:

    Who cares….she is hot!

  2. q says:

    Do, duh.

  3. Anthony Keller says:

    I think this study is inaccurate, and the exact opposite is true…while those who may not have faith in their abilities due procrastinate because they dont care and arent able to do the work, those who are extremely capable and who have faith in their capabilities can hold things off until the last moment because they know they can do a really good job, regardless of how little time they have…I am the epitome of a procrastinator, yet I have a 3.97 GPA….Although I know its not wise to hold everything off until the last minute, i perform work well in a tight deadline and I have the capabilities to do work in a few hours on what would take someone else weeks

    1. CGG says:

      you have a word usage problem in your comment my friend…you should consider proof reading your post before posting, especially when you are claiming to extremely capable…although, i have to say i do agree with your post…now i shall proof read…lol…

      1. CGG says:

        “claiming to be extremely”…rotfl

    2. Val says:

      You are basing your comment on yourself only, while did her study based on 168 people. Whether or not it’s accurate, those were her results and I think it’s terrific that she won a scholarship.

    3. MB says:

      “due procrastinate”? Is that a different kind of procrastinating?

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