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Roslyn High School Student Caroline Trezza Wins Scholarship For Procrastination Study

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Young Epidemiology Scholars contest winner Caroline Trezza (credit: roslynschools.org)

Young Epidemiology Scholars contest winner Caroline Trezza (credit: roslynschools.org)

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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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