12 Things All Night Owls Relate To About Getting Up In The Morning

12 Things All Night Owls Relate To About Getting Up In The Morning

Really grateful for the snooze button.
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1. You can set as many alarms as you want, but you’ll probably still snooze all of them.

The night before it seems like an excellent idea to set three alarms to make sure you wake up on time, but once morning rolls around you want to throw your alarm clock or phone across the room. Nonetheless, setting multiple alarms is the only way you’ll get out of bed.


2. Breakfast? Never have time for that.

The dream is to wake up with enough time to make some eggs and toast, sit down, and sip on a cup of coffee. But is it realistic? No. The likelihood of this happening is slim to none if you enjoy your sleep. For a lot of non-morning people, a few more minutes of sleep is easily prioritized over a fulfilling breakfast.


3. Comfy clothes are a necessity... anything remotely close to pajamas will do.

If you can wear sweatpants, you will. No questions asked.


4. If you can make it to your 8 am class in 2 minutes, you will leave at 7:58 on the dot.

Being early for class just isn’t on the agenda. People who love their sleep will wait until the very last second to leave.


5. KEEP THE BLINDS SHUT.

Waking up to sunshine sounds great, but not when you despise mornings. Blackout blinds are a fantastic investment if you’re a sleepy head.


6. "Five more minutes" always turns into 15.

That moment when you hit snooze knowing that you have just a little more time to sleep is the BEST. It's not the best when you proceed to sleep for another 15, though. Those final moments before class consist of frantically running around until you gather up your belongings- or at least some of them.


7. Sleeping in the clothes you plan to wear the following day just to maximize sleep.

We’ve all done it at least once… don’t deny it.


8. I’m not mad; I'm just tired. Please don’t converse with me before 11 am.

Don’t take it personally! It’s hard to smile and run into class when you woke up just five minutes ago. Unless a coffee is in hand, its best to not spark conversation.


9. No matter how much water you splash on your face, your eyes are still puffy.

No matter what you do to make yourself appear “awake,” you will probably still look like your head just came off a pillow. And no, brushing your hair isn’t always a part of the morning routine.


10.Tossing a cup in the Keurig the night before makes the next morning a bit more bearable.

COFFEE! Nothing is better than some pre-sleep preparation for your morning. To-go cups are everything when you're a last minute-late sleeper. Stock up, friends.


11. Participating in your first morning class… doesn’t happen.

To the professors who wonder why I am silent before 10:00 am, my sincerest apologies. It’s hard to form comprehensive sentences while your head is constantly bobbing.


12. Sprinting up the steps to your 8 am and trying to casually stroll into class as if you aren’t short of breath.

It’s always the early classes that are the farthest from your dorm, and due to that “on-time” turns into two minutes late… every… single… class. Four flights of steps don't sound terrible, but when you are half asleep your body feels as if it just ran a 5k.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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