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

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.


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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10 Things I Learned From Growing Up In A Town Smaller Than A College Campus

A town straight out of a country song.


With a population of just over 1,000, my hometown has given me so much in my 19 years of life. It's taught me things I would've never learned anywhere else (whether that be good or bad).

1. You know everyone and everyone knows you

This is so true, especially if you're a part of a big family. You're not only somehow related to everyone, but everyone knows which family you belong to. I can't go anywhere in town without at least one person recognizing me (which isn't a bad thing). If you were in the newspaper, there's a slight chance that multiple people will tell you as soon as they see you.

2. High school sports (especially football) are no joke 

As someone who cheered for four years, there's truly nothing like home football games. The sound of the crowd roaring behind you, the tunnel at the beginning of the games, and the sunsets gleaming onto the field. My senior year the football team almost went to state for the first time in 22 years. It was a HUGE deal for the community. The football players were like local celebrities and it was such an exciting time for everyone. There truly isn't anything better the spirit that surrounds small-town sports.

3. High school homecoming is a big deal for everyone

Unlike larger schools, basketball and football homecomings in my small town were like one big reunion for everyone. We have an elaborate theme for each homecoming and the Stu-co spent all day decorating it. The gym and sidelines were usually packed with people coming home to see old friends, to find out which candidate gets crowned queen, and to cheer on the athletes.

4. You live about an hour from just about everything

When I tell my college friends that I live an hour from the nearest Target, they think I'm joking. I'm being completely serious. If you needed some new clothes and shoes for school you had to make a whole day out of it. You also tried to schedule all of your doctors' appointments around the same time so you didn't have to make so many trips. An idea of a family outing meant going to a nice restaurant in "the big city" and seeing the newest movie. Something fun to do with my friends meant driving 30 minutes to get coffee, Sonic, or even just fooling around in Walmart. If we were really desperate, we even cruised the backroads listening to our favorite music.

5. You have so much respect for farmers and agriculture

I come from a family of farmers and my good friends in high school were daughters of cattle and dairy farmers. The farmers in my town are some of the kindest, smartest and most hardworking people I will probably ever meet. Seeing agriculture work in and out of my town has caused me to have so much respect for farmers and the industry. I've been caught behind a tractor and learned the hard way to not stop close to a stop-sign if a semi is turning my way. Yet I truly wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

6. High school relationships can get a little tricky

Dating in a high school of 100-something people was pretty hard. They were either related to you, taken, or like a brother to you. If you did find someone to talk to, there's a 90% chance that they've also talked to one of your friends. Most of the drama in my high school was an effect of someone dating someone else's ex.

7. You know everyone you graduated with

You don't just know them, you really know them. You know their full names, what their families do for a living, and who showed up at their kids' sporting events and who didn't. When you graduate with only 30-something other kids, it's hard not to know everyone on a super personal level.

8. When times get tough, people are always there for you

When a family of the community suddenly lost a loved one, the community immediately wrapped their arms around them and comforted them. Whether it was bringing meals to the grieving family, selling memorial T-shirts and bracelets, housing benefit dinners, or just being there for the family. If you were going through something heavy, someone always had your back.

9. You feel so loved coming home from college

I remember sitting in a lecture hall half the size of my hometown on the first day of classes and feeling overwhelmed. I thought, "How is anybody supposed to make friends at a college of 35,000 people?"

The first night home from college, I was welcomed home with open arms by everyone. I was reunited with former teachers, coaches, classmates, old friends and adults of the community. As much as I love college, it was so nice coming home to a place where everyone knows me.

10.  You couldn't of asked for a better upbringing

As much as I was ready to move to a bigger place after high school, growing up in a small town was the best thing I could ask for. It gave me a sense of community, support, and love that I wouldn't have been able to get elsewhere. My town sent me to college with enough support and encouragement to last a lifetime.

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If You Fill Every Minute Of Your Schedule With Work, You'll Feel Discouraged, Not Accomplished

Our feelings have more power than we think.


When we start doing work, we set out with the point of trying to get it done. I personally set time brackets in which I do a certain amount of work. In this, I assume how much time something will take me and work as efficiently as I can to finish in the allotted time bracket.

However, once in a while, the work takes me much longer than anticipated and I become frustrated. I cannot get the questions right or there is just too much work to make sense of. All I want to do is give up and eat ice cream and even if I do this, I feel anxious about the fact that my work is not done. I feel stressed and that doing any type of work is of no use because I can't do it anyway. How can I get out of this funk? Sometimes I think I never will. Or is it that I don't want to?

All of us have had a moment of hopelessness about school, friends, or just life in general. I think that the best way to get out of it is to step back from the environment. When I am stuck on an Aleks problem (chemistry online homework) and want to scream at the computer, I just leave my desk and go for a walk. Trying to clear your mind of all the frustration and stress that is building up is necessary to see things from a fresh point of view.

We often are blinded by the frustration we feel and that disables our ability to take a breath and just work calmly. Feeling the overwhelming emotions makes us lose track of all the good things we have and if we allow it to, it will consume us for much longer than we imagined. Take breaks with your work and leave time for yourself. If you fill every minute of your schedule with work, of course, you will feel discouraged. You will be burned out. Every time you notice yourself becoming angry, do something to calm yourself down. Our anger has the power to destroy us, but only if we let it.

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