24 Hours of Studying

Today has been an unforgettable day for me because I have been awake for 24 hours. It was my first time staying up the whole night without any sleep to work on a project. I should admit that I was not doing well in the subject for the project and I decided to push myself to work as hard as I could on the project, even if it meant a sleepless night. I wouldn’t recommend this study habit frequently, but we all catch ourselves needing the extra hours to finish an assignment.

day and night

Below are some of my observations after 24 hours of studying:

  1. Responsibility is the main factor that kept me moving forward with the project. My responsibility was to finish the project and .
  2. When the morning came and my work was about to be done, the happiness that I experienced could not be expressed with words. I was extremely excited to turn in my project and the adrenaline kept me alert for the next 12 hours.
  3. Friends and classmates at JCU kept me encouraged and supported me. When I expressed my doubts by saying that I didn’t think I could do it, they responded: “You can do it; just try to write what is in your head. Just do it.” When I was about to give up, they encouraged me. I really don’t know what I would have done without their encouragement.
  4. I am making progress. After putting all of my attention into this project, I realized that improvement will come over time. I am just reaching success one step at a time.


I have enjoyed my studies at John Cabot so far. The process of studying is like the process of a stream. It is the ripple that makes the stream even prettier. The final project might not be my best work, but I benefited by doing it. I have learned that some things will not come easily. The memory of this experience will be relevant and meaningful to me in the future.



Lisa Cheng Class of 2017 Business Administration Major Hometown: Wenzhou, China

Lisa Cheng
Class of 2017
Business Administration Major
Hometown: Wenzhou, China

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