<p>Midway into my high school career, I began consuming coffee on a regular basis in an effort to adjust to increasing academic expectations. Prior to beginning my collegiate experience, I became impelled to kick the habit since the benefits no longer outweighed the trade-offs. </p>

<p>Does anyone care to divulge on the peaks of valleys of which they've encountered while under the influence of coffee? Coffee consumption is and most likely will remain a cultural phenomenon in societies possessing a consistency with parallels to that of the United States.</p>

<p>I’ve never had coffee. My mom never let me have it when I was younger. Now that I’m a “young adult” who can make certain choices on her own, I decided I’m not jumping into it. I don’t see the hype and to be honest it doesn’t smell tantalizingly swell. Oh…and me a caffeine do not mix very well. I get headaches, fatigued, and extremely agitated/anxious.</p>

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<p>Uh, I’ve never had ‘peaks and valleys’ while drinking coffee. I’d have to drink several cups in a short amount of time to start having palpitations and other effects of a high caffeine dose. </p>

<p>I’ve been drinking it since I was little (gotta love having a hispanic mother), I just love the taste of a good cafe con leche. But black coffee, espressos, and all of Starbucks’ specialty drinks are good too. I sometimes drink it as a pick-me-up, but I mostly just drink it cos I like the taste.</p>

<p>I didn’t start drinking coffee until the end of my freshman year of college. Most mornings I have a small cup but during finals week I have maybe two cups per day? it’s not so much an addiction as it is a comfort for me.</p>

<p>I’ve come to rely on coffee to keep me awake. Then again, I get 5 hours of sleep a night if I’m lucky… </p>

<p>I used to hate the taste of coffee but I’ve become used to it now and pretty much only drink it black. </p>

<p>Gotta love the cafe con leche though, spent a summer in Madrid, smiled when I read that.</p>

<p>I’ve always been allowed to drink coffee, even as a small kid. I never really became addicted to the stuff and I’ve never noticed any effect it had on me.</p>

<p>I guess if I missed out on sleep, it helps me keep focused, but that’s about it. I enjoy Starbucks and I drink a lot of coffee (probably 3-4 cups a week), but I don’t need it. I can easily skip it.</p>

<p>On the other hand, I also usually get plenty of sleep (about 9 hours a night), so I don’t rely on it for focus.</p>

<p>I usually take a small cup of coffee with me any time I visit my dining hall, so about twice a day. It doesn’t really do much for me. It might give me a little boost for about an hour if I’m tired, but I mostly drink it if it tastes good. If you want a boost but don’t like coffee or caffeine for whatever reason, I’ve heard orange juice can wake you up in the same way coffee does. Sometimes I’ll take a cup of OJ with me for breakfast if they’re out of coffee and I think it works. But that might be a placebo effect too, so who knows. But there’s no harm in trying.</p>



<p>You folks down in NOLA get that great chicory coffee as well. Pair it with a couple beignets and I’m in breakfast heaven.</p>

<p>I grew up drinking coffee with my grandmother and never noticed any problems with it. I’ve had it rarely in recent years because it upsets my stomach or makes me sleepy (weird, though).</p>

<p>I rarely drank coffee before going back to school. Even when I was working full time, I didn’t really drink coffee. Now that I started going back to school to pursue a degree, I feel I have to drink a lot of coffee to get through some of my classes. =/</p>

<p>@ThisMortalaSoil, Haha, the problem is, I tend to do that a little too often! Those hole in the wall beignet places are absolutely amazing.</p>

<p>I grew up drinking ice coffee with my dad, and that habit stuck. I drink coffee for fun, and I avoid drinking it around exam times because it just makes me feel tired.</p>