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SAT Essay Sample 4 from Kaplan 12 Practice Tests for the SAT

“Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret  your premature action.”--Aaron Burr


Do you agree with Aaron Burr that it’s wisest to put things off if you can? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

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My mother used to say that “procrastination” was my middle name, because I continually put off doing chores or homework until the last minute. I preferred to spend my time playing or reading, as these activities were more interesting and fun. However, leaving responsibilities unfulfilled right up to the deadline meant that I always felt very rushed and stressed when I finally got around to doing what I should have done earlier. I also discovered that I didn’t always leave myself enough time. Sometimes I wasn’t able to finish, and incomplete projects led to negative consequences, like bad grades or additional chores. Ultimately, I learned that it’s not wise to put things off. So I disagree with Aaron Burr’s statement, and one of the best literary examples to support my point of view is Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Hamlet is often referred to as the classic procrastinator, since he spends almost the entire play debating with himself about how or if to avenge his father’s death. In the fist scene, his father’s ghost appears to Hamlet and implies that the new king, Claudius, may be a murderer. Hamlet is extremely upset about this, and determines to investigate the situation to learn if the ghost has told the truth or However, even when Hamlet is convinced of Claudius’ guilt, he can’t seem to take action and kill Claudius, despite having several opportunities during the course of the play. By continuing to procrastinate, Hamlet involves other characters in his plot, and several of them lose their lives, including Polonius, Ophelia, and Laertes. If Hamlet had taken action sooner, these other characters might not have died. Hamlet’s procrastination, then, has mortal consequences.

Taking action in the moment tends to result in fewer regrets compared to endlessly procrastinat-ing, as the example of Hamlet proves. For this reason, it’s wisest to act when you can rather than putting things off.

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