Writing essays is the worst. This is coming from an English major. College essays come in all shapes and sizes, from 500 word "responses" (I still don't understand what/who I'm responding to?!) to full blown 8 billion page research papers that make you question what you're doing with your life. They can be killer, but you gotta do 'em! Here's some tips for when you're just not about it.
Go to the library.
Did you know your campus library is there (sometimes 24/7) just for the purpose of getting crap done? Contrary to popular belief that it's just a quiet(ish) place to hold conversations, it can actually be a great resource.
Pack yourself some study essentials (coffee, headphones, more coffee...) and camp out in the quiet section for the afternoon/evening/week. Getting there is half the battle.
You are not going to get crap done if you can't get off Instagram. Put your phone down. If turning it off is too intimidating, just put it on do not disturb. The same goes for your laptop (unless you need it for typing, of course).
You're supposed to be writing that essay, not stalking your ex on Facebook, get your life together! There are tons of apps and extensions available for keeping you away from time consuming websites. Programs such as Freedom and Cold Turkey prohibit you from viewing distracting pages during your precious work time!
Play super intense essay-writing music.
Did you know there are actual playlists designed just to put you in the writing mood? Do you need to buckle down and write a huge paper? Try FlockU's instrumentals playlist designed for concentrated studying.
Write or die.
If all else fails, this Internet tool will scare you into finishing your paper. Write or die uses a timer to force you to write as quickly as possible. If you stop writing, there will be consequences! This is great for first drafts because it encourages you to get all the words on paper without worrying about editing. Write now, edit later! Your word count will thank you!