January 27, 2017

How to Survive an 8 AM Class When You're (Really) Not a Morning Person

I've managed to avoid the dreaded 8 AM class for my entire college career. The earliest class I've taken was a 9:30, and I was often the last person in the door after speed-walking eight blocks and skipping breakfast (shoutout to my friend who brought me cereal bars throughout the semester so that I wouldn't eat the desk). Mind you, this class only met once a week.

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And so came spring of 2017. The only time slot that Legal Issues in Media Management is being offered this semester is 8 AM-9:15 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the course is only available in the spring, so I had no choice but to enroll. I've read every article and post entitled "How to Be a Morning Person," but it makes no difference: I'm not a morning person, and I'm not telling you how to be one in this post. I'm telling you how to survive an 8 AM class when you're (really) not a morning person.

+ I sleep with the curtains halfway open.

I have blackout curtains in my apartment, which is a great thing and a not-so-great thing. It's great because I can sleep in as late as I want without a problem. It's not so great for the same reason. So, I draw the sheer curtains closed, but only draw one side of the blackout curtains. This ensures that some sunlight will disturb me, so I can do this 8 AM class in college.


+ I don't hit snooze... 

... always. I'd be lying if I said that I never hit snooze because I did  (twice) just this morning. But, when I need to be up early, I try my hardest to not delay my alarm because I'll probably end up being late or skipping breakfast because I didn't allow enough time to do everything that I needed to do. 

+ I go to bed earlier. 

I know this isn't the best habit, since you're supposed to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, but I go to bed earlier the night before I need to get up early for my early morning college class. I typically don't turn out the light until midnight or later, but on Monday and Wednesday nights, my lamps are switched off by 11, so I can survive my 8 AM class.

+ I keep things quiet.

I generally prefer to put music on while I'm getting ready. Early in the morning, though, there is little that I enjoy, to be blunt. Even driving to school, I keep the volume low. I find that the quiet lessens my irritation at having to be up so early and helps me to survive an 8 AM class. 

+ I get ready first.

Typically, I wake up and take things slow. I brush my teeth, make my bed, read a devotional, and do some blog things while I leisurely eat my breakfast and drink my coffee. Only after that do I start to get ready for the day. That's when I wake up at 9 AM or later. I have no appetite at 6 AM, so I head straight into the bathroom and do everything I'd normally do in reverse, so that I'm (somewhat) hungrier and awake by the time I'm done.

+ I always eat breakfast. 

On the topic of being hungry... if you're going to survive an 8 AM class, breakfast is necessary. An empty, growling stomach is not conducive to early mornings, good focus, or, ultimately, doing well in the class. My go-to breakfast is an egg sandwich, breakfast burrito, or bowl of oatmeal (my healthy grocery list for college students here).

How do you do early mornings?

8 comments

  1. Early mornings are rough, but taking a shower in the morning and having a cup of coffee always wakes me up! I also like to prepare all of my things for the day in advance so that I'm not scrambling in case I do wake up late. Great post :)
    - katrina // Yours Truly, Katrina

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    1. I shower in the evenings, but coffee keeps me going all day, every day! I prepare everything the night before, too. Thanks for reading, Katrina!

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  2. I, just liek you, have avoided 8 ams until this spring and now I have two. One only meets once a week but three days a week, I'm waking up before the sun to leave on time. I tooooootally agree with getting ready right when I wake up! I'm not a breakfast person, so I usually get some juice and then get ready. Then, I've found breakfast bars, mini muffins, or bagels that I take with me in the car (I have a 30-40 minute commute) but that at least keeps my stomach from growling for an hour! Great post!

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    1. Bars are my favorite! Haha. I find that I have to have a high-protein breakfast, though, or my stomach will start to growl before I'm done with my block of classes (I have two back-to-back following my 8 AM). Thanks for reading, Ariana!

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  3. I lnow how it feels with early mornigs! Going to bed early definitely helps! I plan as much as I can the day before so I dont have to spend much time faffing in the morning haha! Great post :)

    Foirell | www.citygirlrell.com

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    1. Thanks, Foirell! Going to bed early and having my school bag packed helps for sure :)

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  4. I have my first 8am in two years this semester, but luckily it's only twice a week. I brought myself back to my middle school days when I picked out my outfit the night before. If I waited until the morning, I would probably choose sweatpants every time. It worked for my first day today, so hopefully it will keep working! My roommate always has 8ams, so she was super excited that I could go to breakfast with her.

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    1. At least you get to enjoy breakfast with your roomie! Haha. Good luck this semester, Erin :)

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