I have a confession to make. I missed my first college class ever last week… and it wasn’t because I was sick. I was really stressed out Monday night, and I was up really late doing work, and I was still a little behind. I had an 8 am Tuesday morning, and I thought about not going, but decided I would make every attempt to get there. I set my alarm for 6 am, thinking I’d get ready, do a littel more work, then head to class. Well, the oldest excuse in the book got the best of me… I thought I pressed snooze, intending to get 10 more minutes before getting up. Nope, I turned my alarm off. I woke up at 7:15, and knew I wasn’t going to make it to class because 1) I hadn’t completed enough work, and 2) the class was having a presentation and a discussion on a reading assignment i hadn’t completed. Now, in my defense, this is the first time I’d ever been so behind. I usually have all my work done well in advance, but lately I have SO MUCH TO DO all the time. So, in light of missing my 8 am, I got to thinking about my first two years in college, and how i always stayed on top of things and how I made it to class even when it was really hard. I started to compile a list, so I thought I’d share my tips for dealing with the 8 am grind!
Tip #1: Set your alarm for roughly an hour before you need to be in class. Setting your alarm with ample time to get ready is key. Getting to class is a lot more difficult if you feel like you’re rushing, also you’re more likely to forget something.
Tip #2: DO NOT HIT SNOOZE. I used to never hit the snooze button, and I had a much easier time getting up and moving around. I’m the type of person that once I’m up, I’m ready to go. Also, you never fall fully back asleep when you snooze, which will make you more tired.
Tip #3: Dress comfortably. 8 am classes are no fashion show. Make a somewhat nice outfit comfortable by trading riding boots for sneakers or a blouse for a tee. Go easy on makeup, and wear glasses instead of contacts. This will save time, and may allow for 10 minutes of sleep without ever hitting the snooze button (you can sleep in later if it’ll take less time to get ready). Here’s my favorite 8 am outfit:
Tip #4: Bring caffeine. If you’re like me, you’ll feel super awake right up until you sit down in class…that’s when the yearning for a nap starts. If you have a coffee pot, set your timer to start making coffee ten minutes before your alarm goes off. The smell alone will motivate you to get out of bed, and it’ll be hot and ready to pour into a travel mug when you head to class.
Tip #5: Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Try to get into bed a little earlier than normal the nights before you 8 am class. Also, if you usually go to bed at 1 am because you have class at 10 am, do not go to bed at 1 am the night before an 8 am because you’ll really only be getting six hours of sleep instead of seven or eight.
Tip #6: Sit in the front. If you can make constant eye contact with your professor, you’re less likely to fall asleep because you’ll be more engaged, and you’ll also feel guilt falling asleep when the professor can see you (or maybe that’s just me…)
Tip #7: Eat a good breakfast or bring sustenance if allowed. I’m hypoglycemic, so I have to eat or I pass out. Make sure you eat, it’ll give you energy and make you less tired.
These are my favorite/most effective survival tips for 8 am classes! What tricks do you use to get to class on time?