Why you should consider taking morning classes

The dreaded 8 a.m. class. If you have never experienced one yourself, you have surely heard others complaining about their own. And, despite the fact that you had to get up early for high school, somehow in college, getting up is just different (probably because you were up until 4 a.m. drinking coffee and cramming for a test).

However, I would recommend not going out of your way just to avoid morning classes, like most college students. This is my fourth semester at Fredonia, and for the first time ever, I only have one 9:30 a.m. class. The rest are all in the afternoon and evening and, you know what? I actually miss having to get up early and to go to class.

Now, obviously different schedules work for different people and not everyone operates well in early morning classes, but I am going to share my reasons for why you should at least try taking one or two during your time at college.

  • It gets you up and moving early so that you have your nights free (and then you don’t have to stay up until 4 a.m. drinking coffee and cramming for a test)

  • You get to have a more normal sleep schedule

  • The professors are generally in a better mood and a lot more laid back (it depends on whether or not they are morning people, too!)

  • Going along with the last bullet point, from my experience, professors are more likely to end class early if they are not morning people

  • Forbes did a study that showed that early risers typically get better grades, are more proactive, plan better, get better sleep, and are more optimistic, among other things. Here’s a link to the study: http://bit.ly/2sANBdo

  • College students generally avoid early morning classes at all costs, so an 8 a.m. often means smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with the professor.

  • Although it may not be fun to think about, few jobs will have you come in at 4:00 in the afternoon (it depends on your career choices, but you know what I mean). Therefore, it’s good to get in the habit of waking up early to prepare for being on time to your future job.

  • If you commute, you’ll have the first pick at parking spaces.

  • You will avoid any potential line to the bathroom if you live in a dorm.

  • Coffee typically tastes better in the cold, early morning when you’re tired.

  • Afternoon naps. It’s harder to take an afternoon nap if you wake up at 1 p.m.