Listen to a conversation between two students.
Man: I don't know about you, but, I'm really looking forward to summer break.
Woman: I can't even think that far ahead.
I've got so much to do before the end of the semester.
I've been feeling pretty stressed out lately.
Man: Why? What's going on?
Woman: Well, I just have so many assignments.
I've got three major research papers to do and they all due, basically, at the same time, in two weeks.
Man: Wow! Three? That is a lot. And research papers take a lot of time.
Woman: Right, and between my job and classes, there just aren't enough hours in the day to get them all done.
Man: Well, is there anything you could cut from your schedule, I mean, you're working part-time in an office in town, aren't you?
Why don't you just reduce your hours there for a while, at least till you get the papers done.
Woman: Well, I guess I could tell my boss I need to cut back on my hours for a couple of weeks, uh, but I don't know, I haven't been working there very long.
I don't want to make a bad impression by asking for time off already?
Man: What else could you do?
Woman: Well, another option is I could get an extension on one of the papers.
I asked one of my professors about it, my History professor, and she said it would be OK if I handed the paper in a week late.
So, I guess I could just concentrate on getting the other two papers done first.
Man: Oh, that's great.
Woman: Yeah, only she said she'd have to take a few points off the grade for the paper since it would be late, you know, to be fair to the other students.
Man: Oh, that's a drag. So what are you gonna do?
Woman: Uh, I don't know yet.