Associate Professor of Finance
Procrastination is something Dr. Shari Lawrence learned to avoid after her first
freshman semester at San Diego State University.
During the initial days of class in Sociology 101, her professor announced that there
would be no exams, only five writing assignments. If all five assignments were completed within the first four weeks of the semester, students had the ability to earn an A in the course. If the assignments were completed within the second four weeks, the highest grade students could earn was a B, and for completing them during the last half of the semester, students could earn a C at best.
Lawrence was elated that she could turn in all her assignments in four weeks, earn an A and have one less class to worry about for the remainder of the semester.
“The reality of the situation, however, was that I procrastinated and quickly became overwhelmed by my course workload, ” Lawrence recalls. “The four-week deadline for the sociology class came and went without me turning in a single paper.”
It was November before Lawrence turned in her first assignment. Her professor told her it was a shame that she was only going to earn a C when she had turned in high quality work. Just two people in a class of more than 50 students had met the four-week deadline. Lawrence then realized the class wasn’t just about sociology.
“The professor was trying to teach us an important lesson about being successful in life,” Lawrence says. “That is, to be successful in school and life in general, you must be organized and avoid procrastination.”
That’s the motto Lawrence followed as she continued her education by earning two master’s degrees and a Ph.D., her proudest accomplishment. Before coming to Nicholls State University in 2005, Lawrence taught at the University of New Orleans and worked as a financial planner and retirement plan administrator for Asset Planning Services.
When not interacting with her finance students, Lawrence enjoys kayaking and playing tennis.
B.S., San Diego State University; M.S., Troy State University;
Ph.D., University of New Orleans
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