Today we’re going to talk about something extremely radical: 8 a.m. college classes.
Now, most college students (like yourself if you’re reading this) think 8 a.m. classes were created by Satan himself, but me? I love them.
I’ve always been a morning person, and many of the reasons why overlap with why I love taking 8 a.m.’s, and why you should too!
Being done with classes early
I do have to say that my favorite thing about having such early classes is that then I feel like I have more free time in the day. It took me a while to figure out why this was, but then I realized it’s because nothing is hanging over my head that I have to worry about doing later (ie. going to more classes) and because the earlier you wake up the more of the day you have to live. Like they say, wake up an hour earlier to live an hour more.
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Not having to miss your favorite show
To kind of piggyback off that last one, since you don’t have any classes at night, you’ll (most likely) have nothing keeping you from watching your favorite tv programs! This is really important for me and one of my friends because we watch Dancing with the Stars together every Monday night when it’s on.
Last semester she accidentally scheduled a class in the middle of the show so sometimes she left early if they didn’t get let out early. Save yourself the trouble, and try to take the class earlier in the day. Plus, who wants to be in class after 4 pm anyways?
You’ll be a less judged for drinking coffee
So you know how drinking coffee is a basic thing to do, and therefore gets made fun of? Or you just get teased because people think you have an addiction? Well, something about college makes basic girls out of all of us doesn’t it? But if you’re waking up early then people seem to judge less about the amount of coffee you drink. Not that I care if you think I drink too much coffee anyways. I don’t.
If you follow me on Insta then you probs know how avid of sunset enthusiast I am, but I’m also a sunrise lover too. One of my bigger motivators to make sure I don’t hit snooze on my alarm is so that I can see the sunset before class. If I get lucky, I’ll even get to watch it while walking to class instead of having to keep peeking out my dorm window every couple minutes to make sure I don’t miss anything exciting.
You’ll actually feel less tired
To get a tad bit sciency for a moment (this never happens), it’s been shown in multiple studies that by waking up early continually that you’ll feel less tired throughout the day. Of course, this also assumes that you go to sleep at a decent hour (no, past midnight is not a decent hour).
I agree with this assertion because last semester I would wake up between 9 and 11 every day and I was so tired all the time, and I couldn’t figure out why for the life of me! Then this semester started, and my alarms through the week only range from 6:00 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., and somehow I manage to feel more energized, even on my long days when I have class from 8:00 to 5:45! And I don’t even get 7 hours of sleep every night!
Science is strange.
You get quiet reflection time
One thing that I’ve been trying to get into is meditation. I know it sounds a bit hippy and out there, but bear with me here. Meditation’s focus is to just center your focus on the here and now, and to clear your racing mind. This is especially useful in the morning, because it will help you destress before your day even begins and allow you to start it in a great mood.
Plus, it’s a lot easier to do in the early morning because that time of day is associated with peace and quiet. And you’ll be forced to be quiet as well since your roommate will still be snoring.
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The classes usually aren’t as full
I don’t know about you, but I don’t love large classes. I’m not about anything over 40 students, and less than 20 is the jackpot in my book. If you’re like this too, you should consider taking 8 a.m. classes. Why? Because of their dreaded reputation, most sane college students tend to avoid them like the plague, making the early morning classes less full! Jackpot! Who’s the sane one now?