Doing Work to Get Out of Less Work
No prep schooler in their right mind will ever admit to purposefully avoiding work. Typically there is something of greater importance, such as the most recent episode of Entourage, or a friend who needs help smoking a joint, which will provide good reason for procrastination. However, this form of indolence is not thought of as work, and is more of an instinctual response to meaningful activities. When prep schoolers find themselves in a time crunch is when you see the true extent of their ingenuity.
Forged notes from parents are useless in the boarding school environment, so outside-the-box thinking is required. If a paper is due, laptops are hidden and the police are called to report stolen property. After hours at the precinct filling out paperwork, a police report is handed to the teacher in question in place of the paper. Ingeniously, the paper has been pushed back to a later date due to the fact that it resided on the suddenly missing laptop, and as a bonus, sympathy points are won for the poor student who was the victim of such a malicious crime.
Prep schoolers will go to amazing lengths to get out of the most menial assignments. It plays to the ego, doing more for the sake of inconveniencing others. It’s not so much about the quantity of the work that needs to be done, so much as the fact that getting out of it can be done. It’s a testament to the fact that they can play the system, do the work later, and come out on top.