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Is it REALLY that hard to wake up for 8am classes?

xjenzzzxjenzzz 21 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 29 New Member
Hear me out: (obviously) I am an incoming freshman, but I still have my doubts to how hard it is to wake up for 8am classes, since that is the normal schedule in high school. During high school, I went to sleep usually between 3-5am every day, and woke up at 7am daily without a problem (I know it sounds like I'm exaggerating, but I promise I'm not). I have an 8am class on Tuesdays and Thursdays this upcoming semester, but with the sleep schedule I've been used to in high school, will the 8am really kill me?
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  • ccco2018ccco2018 624 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 636 Member
    LOL..
    8am is actually fine. I am sure there are 7am schedules on your campus or maybe not. But 7amm is very common as well.
    You might as well start practicing that schedule these few weeks before class starts.
    Anything less than 6hrs of sleep will increase your stress level even without you knowing it, till its too late.
    Be in bed at-least by 11pm, wake up by 6am - that's 7hrs of sleep. Then you can use the next one hour for gym, shower and break fast, and still make it to class by 7.50am.
    If you are late so often, you will be on the professors bad side, and they have the right to drop you or fail you based on your tardiness in college.
    So gear-up.
    You can do it. Its just practice, and like any healthy habit, you will struggle but eventually get there.
    Best of luck to you.
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  • someguyincollegesomeguyincollege 28 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I've had 8AM classes every semester so far, and this will be my first semester without one. (The earliest will be 9:30 so not really that much earlier I guess.)

    In high school I slept around 2-3AM and woke up at 6 and while it was tough, since I handled it I thought I could do 8AM's no problem. Nope.

    It's not so much that it's hard to physically wake up. Actually getting out of bed to go to class is the hard part, because unless you have a class that takes roll or is super small, you'll probably find ways to get by without going. For instance, I had a friend for one of my 8AM class that didn't take roll so lots of times I didn't go and asked him what I had missed.
    Don't do this. Just go to class. Stay motivated. You can't obtain every single thing you missed just from a friend and at the very least you're getting your tuition's worth by going.
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  • lilzz18lilzz18 85 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Im usually up all night so I prefer to take early morning classes around 8 and 9 because I wont get tired or sleepy until around 11am or 12pm and I sleep during the afternoon. Im a night owl so I make my class schedule work with my sleep schedule. and I agree we did wake up to take 8am classes in high school so 8am classes should not be difficult in college.
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  • xjenzzzxjenzzz 21 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 29 New Member
    @ccco2018‌ I don't think 7am classes exist at my school, and I hope they never do LOL. Thanks for the advice though! and to @someguyincollege‌ as well! @lilzz18‌ are you an incoming freshman too? Haha I asked this because a lot of people say that the schedule they have in hs becomes ridiculously hard in college even though we basically have school that starts at 8am for all of K-12..

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  • lilzz18lilzz18 85 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Im not an incoming freshman i have been in college for 2 years. the reason it gets hard for some people is that they are not with their parents so when they stay up all weekend they don't have some one to wake them up in the morning to get their sleeping back on track. when they party and drink they have hangovers they didn't have in high school making waking up so early after a party even harder.
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  • yauponyaupon 570 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 582 Member
    The early morning classes are usually smaller and easier to get into than the later sections! And after class, if you can resist the practice of returning to your room for a nap, you can go to the library since you're up anyway. If you can manage to treat college like an 8-5 job, you'll have a lot more time evenings & weekends to do fun stuff.
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  • PengsPhilsPengsPhils 3973 replies28 discussionsForum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Posts: 4,001 Forum Champion
    @lilzz18‌
    I'm usually up all night so I prefer to take early morning classes around 8 and 9 because I wont get tired or sleepy until around 11am or 12pm and I sleep during the afternoon.

    I was considering doing this if not for missing some of the afternoon events and being on a completely different schedule compared to your friends. How have you liked that setup? I have done similar for short periods of time and am very much a night person but I'm not sure if it would work with the college lifestyle. Any other things that are important when using a schedule like that? I may end up trying it for a semester.
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  • lilzz18lilzz18 85 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    i only sleep for a few hours and most parties dont start until it is dark and im awake during that time so i dont miss much of anything because most people are still in class from 11 to 4pm when im asleep
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  • mrbrucewaynemrbrucewayne 17 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 17 New Member
    I clustered all of my classes together and had full days of class, it's better for the days off but really a pain. Probably affected my learning ability as well
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  • PhantomVirgoPhantomVirgo 1051 replies37 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,088 Senior Member
    For me, it's not difficult at all to wake up for an 8am classes. I'm an early bird though, so I'm generally up by 7 even without an alarm clock. I usually wake up at 6:30 if I have an 8am, and never have had any problems. My suggestion would be to allow for at least 7 hours of sleep regardless of what you were able to do in high school. You do a lot better throughout the day if you're well-rested, even if you're able to go off of a couple hours of sleep.

    Alternatively, do what someone else suggested in the thread and just stay up throughout the night, go to class, then come home and go to bed. One of my roommates does that and hasn't had issues because she schedules her classes around her sleep schedule.
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  • tangentlinetangentline 1112 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    It would be a lot easier if I didn't have to commute during rush hour though! Basically, when I commute, it is good for me to leave the house about an hour and 15 minutes (for 9:00 AM) before the class begins to sit through traffic. 8:00 AM is probably worse.
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  • preamble1776preamble1776 4399 replies332 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,731 Senior Member
    I feel like 8ams aren't nearly as bad for students who are living on campus - I have to commute and my commute is about half an hour long, so an 8am meant that I needed to be out of my house at 7:30 at the VERY latest, but more likely I'd need to be out at about 7:15 - I thought that'd be particularly rough. For on campus students, I feel like you could literally roll out of bed in your pajamas and just stroll to your class 10 minutes before it started. Seems like heaven to me. Plus, because I commute from Greater Boston INTO Boston, I am with the hoards of people going into work at rush hour, so I also had to keep that in mind when scheduling classes. My earliest class is 9am and my latest class on any day is noon (its 11am on T/Th) - I liked that instead of scheduling classes later in the day because I felt like I'd have more opportunity to do stuff (homework, clubs, internships/jobs, ...naps) with an entire afternoon free rather than free up a few hours in my morning and stay in class until 3.

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  • LGibson1011LGibson1011 26 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    I actually prefer 8ams over later classes, such as after 2pm. I am an early bird and love to start my days early and be finished as soon as possible (which unfortunately for me as a music major means 3pm at the earliest). Early classes are quieter and just generally more peaceful in my opinion. All of this doesn't help you if your severely sleep-deprived of course! Honestly, college is completely different than high school and you simply NEED that good sleep to do well.
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  • baktraxbaktrax 2561 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,563 Senior Member
    It just depends on you. Some people are morning people and some people are night people. Many college students like to stay up late and sleep in later (or have that extra time to cram for a test or finish an assignment), which is why 8am classes generally aren't preferred. But that doesn't mean that that's the case for every college students. If you're a morning person, then great, sign up for morning classes. You'll probably have less competition for them.

    But I will say that just because you can do it in high school doesn't necessarily mean you can do it in college. Most high school students are used to having a full day of classes, but having that same schedule in college of back to back classes all day (in my opinion based on my own experiences) can be much more exhausting.
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  • sweetlacecharmsweetlacecharm 602 replies41 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 643 Member
    I've never had an 8am class, but I have had 8am finals. It's not that it's hard for me to wake up before 9am, but as a commuter, it is troublesome. The bus line that runs past my apartment complex comes by every 10-20 minutes (7:14, 7:24, 7:44), and they take half an hour to get to campus, so if you miss one of those bus times, you're either left with the choice of coming in tardy or not going at all.
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  • GhosttGhostt 1648 replies19 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,667 Senior Member
    edited July 2014
    If you live on campus, 8am should be totally doable. (If you don't, it should be good practice for 'the real world.')

    The reason so many people whine about these classes is that a lot of college kids fail to manage their time effectively without mom and dad taking away their internet at 11pm or whatever, and switch to a semi-nocturnal lifestyle that makes starting the day at 7am like the rest of the world physically painful.

    The better you organize your time in college, the better you will do in your classes and extracurriculars, and signing up for an early class is a good way to push yourself in that direction.

    ETA: College is the only time in most people's lives when 'not being a morning person' is considered a valid consideration in structuring one's daily routine. (Unless you decide to become a barman.) You can embrace this and enjoy four magical years of laziness, or get a head start on adulthood, accept that most of the people you interact with in an official capacity start their workday at 8 or 9 and end it at 5, and plan accordingly.

    Missing out on a great class because you can't be bothered to wake up in the morning is self-sabotage.
    edited July 2014
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  • jiblerjibler 1573 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,604 Senior Member
    Had to wake up at 5:30 every morning the past 4 years in high school to catch a 6:30 bus to school, so I'm hoping adjusting to the 8 a.m. classes I have will be painless.
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  • tangentlinetangentline 1112 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    Oh dang. The real world is truth as my future workplace is likely to be a place within 1 mile of my campus.
    I'll consider paying into the company's carpooling from a location in walking distance of my house so I don't have to stress out on the driving.
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  • tangentlinetangentline 1112 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    GG A class section was cancelled and I just scored the wonderful 7:30 AM class + commute.
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  • comfortablycurtcomfortablycurt 2146 replies36 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,182 Senior Member
    I think that really depends on the person. Some people are up that early regardless. I avoid 8 am classes like the plague, but I'm not a morning person. I never have been.

    If you're out drinking all night, it's going to be hard to get up for an 8 am class. If you're getting to sleep at a reasonable time, it's not that difficult.
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