September 16, 2019
How to Survive 8:30 Classes
It’s been a few weeks, and you should be getting settled into a good routine by now. Are you finding yourself struggling to make it to your 8:30 classes? It’s weird how you were able to make it to class for high school, but 8:30 classes in college seem so different.
Most people loathe 8:30 classes, but the truth is that they are a part of life, especially adulthood. Nursing and Education majors should start getting used to early mornings because clinical and student teaching days start between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Most jobs after graduation start at 8 or 8:30 a.m.
Early morning classes are not that bad, and they give you more of an opportunity to get your school day done earlier so that you have time for work or other activities later.
Here are a few tips to help you survive your 8:30 classes:
Lay out everything you need the night before. It will be so much easier to get up in the morning knowing all you have to do is get dressed and go.
Set multiple alarms. If you are bad about sleeping through your alarm, set multiple alarms, a few minutes apart. Your roommate might not be happy, but you’ll be more likely not to turn off every alarm you set.
Listen to upbeat music. This will help wake you up and give you a burst of energy you need. You’ve probably already annoyed your roommate with the multiple alarms, so be kind and put your headphones in.
Wear something comfortable. You should not go to class in your pajamas, but you’re also not going to a fancy dinner. Wear something comfortable, but appropriate.
Eat breakfast. This is important. If you’re running late, make sure you have a granola bar or something you can grab and go on the way to class. You need that fuel to help boost your energy and get you ready for the day.
Sit near the front. The easiest place to fall asleep or get distracted in a class is at the back. Sit near the front so that you can see and hear the professor more clearly.
Enjoy the rest of your day. Now that you have your early classes out of the way, you have the rest of the day to be productive. This is a great time for you to get studying or homework out of the way so that you are not up late.
Don’t let early morning classes scare you. They are inevitable and you’re going to have them at some point in your college career. Find the positives in them and maybe by next semester they won’t seem so daunting.