How to survive those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 8 a.m. classes

After avoiding the dreaded 8 a.m. classes for three semesters, it has finally happened. I got stuck with a Monday morning 8 a.m. class on my schedule. That’s right. Three days a week I have to figure out a way to wake up early, make it to class on time, and somehow find a way to survive the rest of the day after my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 8 a.m. class (Dear Professor, if you happen to read this, it’s not personal).

I am weeks into the semester and these 8 a.m. classes have me running on empty. College students, by nature are not morning people, so I have devised a full-proof, 100% effective way to somehow survive your 8 a.m. class.

Step one: Go to bed (somewhat) early

I know what you are thinking: Thanks, Captain Obvious. But, really, the best way to have your early mornings not be horrible is to go to bed at a decent hour. Most of us struggle with this. It’s college. You want to hang out with your friends late at night, you want to binge watch the next 12 episodes of your current Netflix obsession, or you are stuck with a 10-page paper that is due in the morning, but try to go to bed sometime before 2 a.m. or however late you stay up. It’s a lot easier to make it to your 8 a.m. if you go to bed at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m. or later.

Step two: Multiple alarms

One of my biggest problems is a tendency to hit that pesky snooze button… over and over and over and over again until it’s 9:45 and I missed my class. That’s no good. So, now I set at least three alarms, each five minutes apart. That way, you basically end up just getting annoyed with the constant ringing and having to hit the snooze button, so you just get up. Also, it tends to help if your phone is not right next to you in your bed. Then you have to actually get up, walk to your phone, and turn off the alarm.

Step three: Wake up

By this point you are awake, but you aren’t actually woken up yet. You are kind of like a zombie, standing in the shower showing no emotion, and practically sleeping while standing. My go-to solution for this is some music. I put on a nice little wake-me-up playlist on when I get in the shower to give me some good vibes and get me going for the day. You can find little shower radios or small little speakers and put them in your bathroom and you are good to go. Just don’t blast the music too loud. Your roommates may not appreciate that a whole lot.

Step 4: (Lots of) Coffee and breakfast

After you get dressed and ready for the day, I would recommend spending your remaining time before you have to scurry off to class on eating a decent breakfast and drinking as much coffee as humanly possible. I know it’s pretty hard to have a solid breakfast, especially before 8 a.m., in college. You probably won’t have the whole bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles huge breakfast that you would like to have, but a couple pieces of toast and cereal is easy enough. Everybody knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day! A nice cup of coffee will also come in handy, because whats the point of going to an 8 a.m. only to sleep through the whole thing?

Step 5: Get to class. Fast.

If you are like me, you are probably running quite a bit behind schedule at this point. I typically wake up late, hop in the shower for a five minute quick clean, grab a banana and granola bar and sprint out of the apartment at 7:55. So, the last step is to ensure that you make it to your 8 a.m. is to actually figure out a way to be there on time. Whether that’s learning the bus schedule, riding a bike, sprinting all the way across campus, driving, whatever. I like to drive, because the building I am in has a parking lot right next to it. Most people are not so lucky, so in those cases you need to have a way to get to class fast, whatever that is!

Lastly, try to schedule your future semesters with no (or as few as possible) 8 a.m. classes.

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