The Long Night Against Procrastination began in 2010, initiated by the students and peer tutors in the Writing Center of the European University Viadrina (EUV) in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. This first event lasted eleven hours. Peer tutors supported students throughout the night, and snacks and exercise breaks helped keep everyone active and productive. Although the initial event was relatively small, it was well covered in the media and soon other German universities held their own Long Night events. By 2013, over thirty Long Nights Against Procrastination had occurred around the world.
Besides spreading geographically, the scope of Long Night has also expanded beyond writing centers. Many are now collaborative events that bring together key academic support services for students. On Tuesday, November 15 from 7 to 11 pm, Loras College will host its first Long Night Against Procrastination in the Miller Academic Resource Center. Rather than waiting until finals week, this event will fight procrastination, helping students prepare ahead of time for the end of the semester in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our Long Night will include faculty office hours, librarians, tutors, counseling and spiritual life support, along with study breaks, snacks, and prize drawings. Students will even have the opportunity to get a selfie with President Collins!
We are delighted to join this international phenomenon and grateful for the great collaborative making this event possible. The Library values the partnerships with the Writing Center, Academic Success, Math Lab, Counseling Services, Spiritual Life, Student Development, and faculty volunteers. We hope to see you there!