Why I Love Being A Morning Person

I'm The Morning Person Who LOVES Waking Up At 6:45 A.M. Instead Of Hitting Snooze

Why being a morning person isn't so bad after all.

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It's the crack of dawn, and you hear the alarm go off. You need to get up soon for your early morning classes, but the snooze button is staring you in the face. Most people hit snooze or prefer later classes so they can stay up late and sleep in. I, however, am not one of those people.

Call me crazy, but I love my 8:30 a.m. classes. If they had 7 a.m, classes, I would be sitting in the front row with my notebooks and laptop ready to go. Being a morning person may sound like the worst thing in the world to others, but it really has its perks.

First of all, I grew up as a morning person. During the school year, I would take my time to get ready in the mornings. During the summers, my mom would wake me to watch my younger siblings. At the time I thought, "Don't most children sleep in extremely late? Do I really have to be up at 6 in the morning?"

So, I never really had time to sleep in, and I am actually very happy that I didn't. Being a morning person has so many benefits, and I have loved every second of being an early bird.

First and foremost, being a morning person has a large impact on your health. Our bodies adjust to our sleep schedules. Sleeping in and waking up at different times on the daily can affect how we feel during the day. Another health benefit is that you have time to eat breakfast. So many people, students in particular, skip out on breakfast. This may sound repetitive, but breakfast is incredibly important to get your body nourished and started for the day. We need the nourishment for our bodies and the food to carry us over the next few hours while we take part in clubs, activities, working or going to class and paying attention.

I typically wake up around 6:45 on weekdays and weekends. This has a huge impact on my day because I spend time getting ready, but I also feel very productive at this time. This early in the morning, most of campus is silent and everyone, for the most part, is still asleep. During this time, I can get homework done without disruptions from other people in the study rooms or the hallways. This has especially proven so on the weekends as well. I venture my way to Starbucks or the library around 7 a.m., and I have a plethora of places to sit and work for hours on studying/homework.

As I said before, waking up at the same time every day isn't as harsh on your body as changing your sleep schedule daily. Another benefit of waking up at the same time is routine. I don't know about other people, but I like to have a relatively organized schedule or else my mind is wandering about what to do next, and/or I find myself going out of my mind. Having a routine makes days seem less stressful. I know when I am going to wake up and what I will be doing in that time, and that prompts me to plan the rest of my days accordingly.

One advantage of having a morning routine and being productive is that your evenings aren't as busy. Being productive during the morning/day time gets assignments done, and therefore you have more free time.

Finally, as I close out this article, I had to mention one of nature's wonders about morning hours that I enjoy. Sunrises! Sunrises are wonderful to watch and put me in a great mood for the rest of the morning. As geeky as it sounds, it makes me feel more positive.

Maybe you'll try being a morning person after reading this article, or maybe you'll continue to hit the snooze button in the morning. But either way, being an early bad isn't as bad as people make it out to be!

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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Individuals Have A Moral Obligation To Those In Need

Where is the compassion, sympathy, and especially the morality in our fellow man?

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First off, let me give a definition of moral obligation. Moral obligation is known as a duty which one owes, and which he ought to perform, but which he is not legally bound to fulfill. Imagine a world where every moral obligation was ignored. Of course, the world isn't falling apart around us, but where is the compassion, sympathy, and especially the morality in our fellow man? Nowhere to be seen. Gone. In some instances, fulfilling a moral obligation can be beneficial. I will be sharing one of these instances with you today.

The story begins with a 55-year-old man. Billy Ray Harris was homeless. He lived on a street corner in Kansas City and would often be seen holding out a tin cup and asking passers-by for spare change. But then, one day, a moral act of kindness went in his favor. In February 2013, Sarah Darling passed Billy Harris at his usual spot and dropped some change into his cup. But, unknown to her, she also accidentally dropped in her very expensive engagement ring. I can't lie and say Harris didn't debate on selling the ring for a profit. However, he decided to hold onto it instead, in case the woman returned.

Harris knew he wasn't someone who could take that women's ring. Sounds like a moral obligation to me. Wrapping the story up, the woman did come back later to retrieve her ring and was grateful for his honesty and kindness. She and her husband launched a fundraiser for Harris. They've collected more than $190,000, more than enough to get Harris back on his feet.

Moral obligation at times is based on the Golden Rule which is "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," and the basic idea is that consistency requires that a person treat others as she would wish to be treated. A famous English poet named John Donne once wrote, "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved. in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

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