This is so sad. I’m actually headed to my 8:30 class right now.
And we’re back at it, folks. The new semester has started. New classes, new friends, new mistakes. Well, kind of. Mistakes as in scheduling more than one 8:30 am class. I know that part of this is inevitable because I’m a freshman and had a late registration time, but part of your brain still attempts to convince you that it’ll be okay because high school started at 7:30, right? So wrong.
Since you will get stuck with an 8:30 class at some point in your college career (and if you don’t, you’re blessed), here are a few ways to attempt to survive this torture.
Try to force yourself to be a morning person.
The keyword here is to try. I’ve started this semester waking up earlier than I need to for my 8:30. Last semester, I would often wake up 15 minutes before I needed to leave and would show up to class barely awake, let alone ready to begin cramming my head full of university core. I’ve discovered if I wake up an hour before I need to leave, pump myself full of caffeine, and pretend I’m in high school and this is normal to get up at this time, it makes the suffering a little more manageable. I mean, not a whole lot more, but enough that I keep doing it.
Or tea. I love coffee but I can’t typically drink it because it upsets my stomach so I drink my tea every morning instead, but either way, get some caffeine in you. Plus, when it’s cold out, a hot drink in your hands as you head off to class makes the weather not seem as bad.
-29 wind chill? No big deal.
I can’t stress this one enough. As someone who never ate breakfast before school in high school, I learned my lesson once coming to Chicago. Even if it is only a granola bar, eating something when you wake up helps move your brain from the zombie state to actual human functioning thoughts. Just do it, even if you aren’t hungry.
Set 50 alarms.
Okay, maybe not that many. But a lot. I’m guilty of setting one alarm, trying to hit snooze when it goes off, but falling asleep before actually hitting the button with my finger. I’ve learned setting 5-10 alarms with increasingly urgent titles on my phone helps me get my butt up out of bed.
Just kick off your blankets.
This one is extremely difficult. I struggle leaving a warm bed-don’t we all? So if I absolutely can’t get up out of bed, I force myself to kick off my blankets. Therefore, I’m now freezing and must get up to get dressed in order to remedy my predicament. Tah-dah.
Pick out your outfit the night before.
Yes, maybe when you actually wake up you’ll decide to change it four times before you leave, but knowing that one of your tasks for the morning is at least part way done helps the whole getting out of bed struggle.
Go to bed earlier.
Pshhh. I never do this. Ever. But if this is something you want to try, knock yourself out.
Put on your outfit for the WHOLE day.
Sometimes I like to wear comfier clothes to my early classes and change once I get back before my others. I’ve found if I look nicer for my 8:30, I’m more awake-part of this is because I’m not so comfy-and because it takes more time to get ready, therefore I’m up longer. Plus, then I can’t come back to my room and climb into bed. Well, lies, I can, but I don’t if I already look nice.
Try to schedule easier classes at 8:30.
Don’t schedule Spanish. Your brain isn’t functioning in English at this time, let alone in another language. Don’t schedule Ethics. I did this one this semester. Woof. Nor Calculus. I mean, if these are your favorite classes, then be my guest, but if you are like me, just…no.
Yep. That’s about it. Either way, your 8:30 will be a struggle some days, but these will help sometimes. Just push yourself to get up, and it will get easier. Now go back to procrastinating during your homework time.