17 Reasons You Should Wake Up Earlier for Class

17 Reasons You Should Wake Up Earlier for Class

1. Avoid outfit malfunctions
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At the beginning of the semester, you always tell yourself you're going to wake up an hour before class. You say you're going to give yourself time to shower, go to the dining hall, pick out an outfit, and even study for your biology test. If you're anything like me then you break this promise by the second week of the semester.

Setting your alarm for fifteen minutes before class starts and finding out the last second you can leave your room to get to class at a reasonable time becomes the norm. You hit snooze as many times as you can and you fumble around your room as quietly as you can, trying to not wake up your roommate. You leave your room in the same sweatshirt and slippers that you've worn to class for a week. Those extra minutes of sleep seem priceless, but the cons outweigh the pros.

These are the reasons why setting your alarm earlier and actually getting out of bed is worth it.

1. Avoid outfit malfunctions

No one wants to be that guy.

2. Get breakfast

Starting your day off with a caramel iced coffee and a bagel means it's going to be a good day.

3. Time to shower

4. Look cute for class

Look good, feel good.

5. Won't leave your room a mess

6. Time to make your bed

You'll thank yourself later when your bed is all cozy for your mid-afternoon nap.

7. Won't be in a rush

Running into class a few minutes late, out of breath with beads of sweat down your face is embarrassing.

8. Time to study

9. Be ready to learn.

Waking up 15 minutes before an 8 AM = not being able to keep your eyes open during class.

10. Avoid the stares

11. Avoid last-minute emergencies

Sometimes you wake up with a huge pimple on your nose or your hair looks like you haven't brushed it in years. Crises can be avoided if you give yourself enough time to diffuse the situation.

12. Double check your backpack

After a long night of studying, getting your backpack ready for class is hard. Blue and black look the same at 3 AM.

13. Less stress

14. In case you wake up sick

Some teachers only accept excused absences if you go to the health center before class. If you wake up and feel like you have the flu 10 minutes before class then you're out of luck.

15. Won't have to go back to your room after class

16. Have more time in the day

Waking up early ready for the day means there are more hours for homework, meetings, and most importantly- fun.

17. Get used to the real world

So do yourself a favor and set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and don't hit snooze!




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4 reasons how Drake's New Album May Help Us Fight Mental Illness

Increasing Evidence Points to Music as a Potential Solution to the Mental Health Problem.

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Okay, You caught me!

I am NOT just talking about everybody's favorite actor-turned-rapper— or second, if you've seen Childish Gambino's "This is America" music video. Unfortunately, current research hasn't explored specific genres and artists. However, studies HAVE provided significant evidence in possibilities for music to treat mental health disorders. Now, before you say something that your parents would not be proud of, ask yourself if you can really blame me for wanting to get your attention. This is an urgent matter concerning each one of us. If we all face the truth, we could very well reach one step closer to solving one of society's biggest problems: Mental Health.

The Problem:

As our nation continues to bleed from tragedies like the horrific shooting that shattered the lives of 70 families whose loved ones just wanted to watch the "Dark Knight Rises" during its first hours of release, as well as the traumatic loss of seventeen misfortunate innocents to the complications of mental health disorders in the dear city of Parkland— a city mere hours from our very own community— it's impossible to deny the existence of mental illness. As many of us can already vouch, mental illness is much more common than what most would think: over 19 million adults in America suffer from a mental health disorder. Picture that: a population slightly less than that of Florida is plagued by hopelessness, isolation, and utter despair.

Disease in the form of depression holds millions of people prisoner, as anxieties instill crippling desperation and too many struggles with finding peace. This can be you. It could be your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, your cousin, your aunt, your uncle, your friend, your roommate, your fraternity brother, your sorority sister, your lab partner, or just your classmate that sits in the corner of the lecture hall with a head buried into a notebook that camouflages all emotion.

I hope we— the UCF community— understand the gravity of the problem, but it's clear that some still see mental illness as a disease that affects only a handful of "misfits" who "terrorize" our streets, while the numbers reveal more to the issue. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a mental health disorder. The problem is so serious that suicide has risen to become the second-leading cause of death among 20 to 24-year-olds. While many continue to ask for more antidepressants and even the occasional "proper spanking," recent studies indicate increases in occurrence, such as one in depression from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. So, clearly, none of that is working.

The Evidence:

If we really want to create a world where our children are free from the chains of mental illness, we need to think outside the box. Doctors and scientists won't really talk about this since it's still a growing field of research, but music has strong potential. We don't have any options at the moment, which means we need to change our mindset about music and to continue to explore its medicinal benefits. If you're still skeptical because of the title, then please consider these 4 pieces of solid evidence backed by scientific research:

1. Music has been proven to improve disorders like Parkinson's Disease.

Researchers sponsored by the National Institute of Health— the country's largest research agency— saw an improvement in the daily function of patients with Parkinson's Disease. This makes patients shake uncontrollably, which often prevents them from complete functionality. The disease is caused by a shortage of dopamine— a chemical your neurons, or brain cells, release; since music treats this shortage, there's an obvious ability to increase dopamine levels. As numerous studies connect dopamine shortages to mental illnesses like depression, addiction, and ADHD, someone could possibly use music's proven ability to increase dopamine levels to treat said problems.

2. Listening to the music has the potential to activate your brain's "reward center."

In 2013, Valorie Salimpoor and fellow researchers conducted a study that connected subjects' pleasure towards music to a specific part of the brain. This key structure, the nucleus accumbens, is the body's "reward center," which means all of you have experienced its magical powers. In fact, any time the brain detects a rewarding sensation— drinking ice-cold water after a five-mile run in sunny, humid Florida, eating that Taco Bell chalupa after a long happy hour at Knight's Library, and even consuming recreational drugs— this structure releases more of that fantastic dopamine. So, with further research into specifics, doctors may soon be prescribing your daily dose of tunes for your own health.

3. Listening to Music may be more effective than prescription anti-anxiety medication.

In 2013, Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J. Levitin— two accomplished doctors in psychology— reviewed a study wherein patients waiting to undergo surgery were given either anti-anxiety medications or music to listen to. The study took into account cortisol levels, which are used daily by healthcare professionals to gauge patient levels. This "stress hormone" was actually found to be lower in patients who listened to classical music rather those who took the recommended dose of prescription drugs. Sit there and think about that for a second: these patients actually felt more relaxed with something as simple as MUSIC than with chemicals that are made specifically to force patients into relaxation before surgery. Why pop a Xanax when you can just listen to Beethoven?

4. Music may release the chemicals that help you naturally relax and feel love.

Further studies continue to justify music's place in the medical world as results demonstrate increases in substances such as prolactin— a hormone that produces a relaxing sensation— as well as oxytocin— the substance that promotes warmth and happiness during a hug between mother and child. So this study basically showed us that music has the potential to actually make you feel the way you did when Mom or Dad would embrace you with the warmest hug you've ever felt.

The Future:

The evidence I present you with today is ultimately just a collection of individual situations where specific people found specific results. There are a lot of variables when it comes to any research study; therefore, data is never truly certain. We should take these findings as strong suggestions to a possible solution, but we must remember the possibility of failure in our search.

The neurochemistry behind the music and its medicinal properties is just beginning to unfold before the scientific community. In fact, extremely qualified scientists from the National Institute of Health— the organization that basically runs any important medical study in the United States— continue to remind us of the subject's youth with the constant use of "potential" behind any and all of their findings. Therefore, it's our responsibility as a community to look into this— not just that of the scientists at the National Institute of Health.

We're all surrounded by music. It's at the bars. It's in our ears during all-night sessions at the UCF library. It's keeping us awake through East Colonial traffic at 7:00 AM while hordes of students focus on their cell phone screens instead of the paved roads ahead. It's in the shoes we wear, the actions we take, and the words we say. IF YOU'RE READING THIS: it's accessible to you. So, don't be shy, and try to play with your Spotify account, or even just on YouTube, and gauge the power of music. As more and more of us see the light, we can promote the movement and carry on as more research comes out to support us.

Drop the bars, drop those addictive pills that destroy your body slowly, and pick up your headphones and press PLAY.

Just relax, close your eyes, smile, and live.

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You May have Ended your diary phase, but mine’s not over yet

Writing in a diary has changed my life for the better.

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Every girl you talk to will tell you that at some point during their childhood, they were given a diary.

They would take the diary to sleepovers to show it off, write down all the names of boys they had crushes on, and jot down secrets that their friends would tell them.

The diary phase would last around a month or two, then suddenly the diary would be shoved into a drawer to never be written in again.

But have you ever thought about the hidden meaning behind a diary?

Living in our world today, finding a safe space to get away from everything is difficult to find.

Some people turn to social media pages like Instagram and Twitter to create hidden profiles for only few to see, some turn to Pinterest to find quotes that they relate to, and some turn to blogging sites to create pieces that help them to release emotion.

The problem with these actions is that no matter how much you can try to keep this secret world hidden, it'll always find a way to come back and connect to you. There is no secrecy on the web.

And if you actually know a way to keep something hidden online, please let me know.

The only way you can keep something truly hidden today is to physically write it down.

So, I started writing in a diary again about two years ago.

And I love it.

When you're younger and have a diary, you don't get the true meaning behind it. You don't realize all the great things that having a diary can do for your life.

Keeping a diary has opened up an entirely new world that no one even knows about besides me.

My diary is a place where I can vent about my day, complain about people, and find the words to describe what I've been feeling.

All while it never finding a way to haunt me later on. I know, what a concept right?

But besides that, what else does a diary do?

Life isn't easy, nor will it ever get easier. Sometimes the rough patches can take a toll on your emotional well-being. It happens to everyone.

What I've found with the diary is it ends up being a huge support during those hard times.

Talking to people about a difficult time can be awkward and embarrassing sometimes. The diary acts as a way to express emotion without the awkwardness of explaining the situation to another person who may simply not get it.

We may not have thought about it years ago as kids, but the diary concept is something that we could all use as young adults.

At the end of the day, it only helps things get better.

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