11 Things Students Who Have Taken An 8AM Know Too Well

11 Things Students Who Have Taken An 8AM Know Too Well

All I can think about is how much sleep I could be having if I didn't sign up for this....

We've all been there, done that, and regretted every moment of it. 8am classes may seem like a good idea at first (or a last ultimatimum to get in one last class or requirement), but as the semester goes on, you can feeling your soul slowly rapidly dying. The only way to survive the semester of an 8am class is to painstakingly push through...or chug a bunch of coffee right before class.

So here are eleven things that any student who has taken an 8am experiences at some point. And reminders to vow never (hopefully) to take another 8am again.

1. Getting to campus when it's still dark

It only gets worse as the semester goes on.

2. Sleeping a little longer than usual and rushing to class

Those multiple alarm thing, it's real. Just try not to sleep through them all, otherwise you'll be rushing to class because you can't find a parking spot. But when you do...

3. Finding a perfect parking spot

It's feels like you just one the lottery, especially when it's closer to where you have to be at 8am.

4. Skipping breakfast because it's too early (and you're too rushed or tired) to eat

Sometimes, if I magically wake up early enough, I'll make myself a small breakfast. But many times, I'm running too behind to so I may or may not have time to buy on campus, otherwise I've got to wait a few hours until I can finally find time to eat after class(es).

5. Basically wearing pajamas to class

Sometimes I'll just wear the leggings and t-shirt I slept in to class and just throw on a jacket or something. But I've also seen others wear actual pajamas, so yeah.

6. Getting that "class canceled" email and feeling like you won the lottery because you can sleep longer

This has only happened once to me, but it was such a blessing being able to wake up after sunrise and go to a later class to start my day.

7. Not being able to cram in any uncompleted work before class

If I get to campus early, I have maybe thirty minutes to cram in studying or homework due that day. And if I don't get to campus early and I have to rush unprepared into my 8am? Welp, I'm screwed.

8. Actually waking up without being tired and feeling like you have your life together for once

This is such a rare occasion, but wow, when it does happen, it makes me feel great. And then I think to myself, maybe I actually can survive an 8am. They're not so bad! I'm gonna sign up for more! But the next 8am, when I'm on the verge of falling sleep, I remember how shitty they tend to be.

9. Napping and dozing off in class

My teacher says he hates when students do this--and I've gotten many annoyed looks from him when my eyelids droop, my neck looks down, or I constantly yawn or rub my eyes--but it's a freaking 8am. What would you expect? Us bouncing off the walls? Not at all.

10. Not understanding half of what's happening in class because you're so tired

If someone asked me what I learned after I walked out of the class, I'd have no idea what I could tell you. Half the time I'm dozing off or thinking about why I even signed up for this or counting the slow minutes until class is out and I can relax. Yet somehow, I'm not failing?

11. Continuously asking yourself why you were crazy enough to sign up for an 8AM

I ask myself this pretty much everyday. Fortunately mine's only twice a week, but will I ever sign up willingly for another again? I'll try my hardest not to.

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Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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