10 Stages Of Getting Up For Your 8 A.M., Portrayed By Your Favorite Central Perk Regulars

10 Stages Of Getting Up For Your 8 A.M., Portrayed By Your Favorite Central Perk Regulars

Could this class *be* any earlier?
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Whether it's by choice or last resort, taking at least one 8 A.M. class over the course of your college career is almost inevitable. If you've never had to, let me clear the air. 8 A.M.s are really not as bad as some students make them out to be. In some ways, they're great; they allow you to establish a solid morning routine and get a jump start on your day.

If you have taken an 8 A.M., or are currently taking one, you know that getting ready for class that early in the morning is not always fun or easy. We'd all like to get a perfect night's sleep, wake up feeling refreshed, and be ready to tackle the day, but more often than not, it ends up going a little something like this:


1. First alarm - 7:00 A.M.

This is the one that prematurely interrupts your peaceful sleep. Its only real purpose is to provide fair warning that you're going to need to get up sometime soon... but not just yet.

2. Second alarm - 7:15 A.M.

A little piece of your heart breaks when you hear this one, because you know that you actually have to leave your bed. For real this time.

3. Deciding that you're still too comfortable to get up, so you lay down for five more minutes.

You tell yourself that you're totally awake, so there's no real harm in doing this. You have all intentions of closing your eyes for five more minutes, and five more minutes only.

4. Realizing that you underestimated those "five" minutes and are now running severely behind schedule.

Those five extra minutes of shut-eye turned into 20, and at this point, you may or may not be debating whether you can afford to miss class (just this one time).

5. Trying to eliminate as many tasks as possible from your morning routine to make up for lost time.

Makeup is a no-go at this point, and you can definitely wait until you get back to your room later to make your bed. Along with this phase comes the mental calculation of the absolute last minute you'd be able to leave your dorm without being late.

6. Accidentally making a loud noise and nearly waking up your roommates.

It's bad enough that you're rushing around trying to get ready in the dark while they're sound asleep, but you also have to be extremely careful as to not slam, bang, or drop anything while you're doing it. But, be courteous, because you'll appreciate it when the roles are reversed next semester.

7. Speed-walking across campus, hoping that you're not causing too much of a scene.

Not only are you practically jogging to class at this point, but you're also considering any and every short-cut you could possibly take in hopes of shaving a minute or two off your commute.

8. That feeling of making it to class at exactly 8:00.

You're on top of the world! Who needs to wake up early, anyway? Not you, because you MADE IT.

9. ...or at 8:01.

A+ for effort. So close.

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What Do You Do When Tragedy Strikes Your Former Home?

In my desperate attempt to figure this out, I'm writing about it.

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On November 8th, I woke up with a voicemail from my mom. It went a little like this,

"Hey, it's Momma. I'm sorry it's really early your time, but I wanted to have you hear from me before you got the news on. There was a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks last night at a country bar about ten minutes from where our house was in Moorpark. There are 12 people dead, the shooter is dead, and a cop. It was college night at the bar, so anyone over 18 could go in. There were students from multiple colleges there, that's all they know so far. It's just horrible." And so on. I made it about halfway through the voicemail before I pulled out my laptop.

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According to USAToday, the Thousand Oaks shooting is the 307th shooting on the 311th day of 2018. Are we supposed to allow ourselves to be desensitized to this gun violence? I sure hope not. I'll save you the agony of listening to how the rest of my day went. Long story short, I watched the news and cried more than I'd like to admit.

As the day carried on, I watched the pictures come up on my computer screen. I scrolled through social media and looked at my friend's posts of their friends being safe. Somehow, that did not calm me down. I watched the victim's faces pop up one by one on my laptop, and I listened to the stories.

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If you would like to find a place to donate to the Borderline victims' families, click here. If you would like to find a place to donate to the victims' of the fires, click here.

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