Waking up at the same time, every day, will change your life

Waking Up Consistently, Every Day, Changed My Life

It'll change your life, too.


Ever since I began college, my sleep schedule has been a mess. Some days I wake up at 8 a.m. because once a week, I have an early morning discussion. Other times I wake up at 1 p.m. because my first class isn't until 2 p.m. With the consistency of waking up at the same time every day in high school, I remember I felt so much more productive and more refreshed in the morning.

This year, I decided that enough was enough. I was so sick of feeling tired most days and I knew that I needed some sort of incentive in order to get up early every morning. I also knew that since I'd be entering the workforce soon, it'd be much easier if I began waking up consistently before I started working. Thus, when enrollment began for the winter semester, I signed up for an 8 a.m. class that meets four times a week. Since the class also has mandatory attendance, I anticipated that I would force myself to wake up on time for every class.

It has now been over two months since I have begun getting ready for class every morning at 7 a.m. I have to say that I made the right decision. Most people would think that I'm crazy for wanting to specifically take an 8 a.m. class, but I think that it's greatly improved my life. Rather than dragging myself out of bed, I wake up feeling refreshed every day. I get enough sleep, and my body isn't left wondering when or how much I will sleep. In the past, getting up for 10 a.m. was a struggle, but now I don't sleep in past 10.

In past semesters, I would want to wake up early on days that I had classes later in the day so that I could get in some extra studying. However, I found myself constantly tired and exhausted. It didn't matter how much coffee I drank, I just didn't have any energy. Now that I wake up at the same time every day, I feel energized all morning and am much more productive.

I found that waking up early and consistently every day really changed my life. I know that it can be a bit of a struggle getting into the flow of things at first, but I found it worthwhile. I would encourage other college students who find themselves tired a lot to try attending an early morning class. You'll get a lot more done, and it'll make you a more disciplined person. It's easy to sleep in late, especially if your classes are later in the day. However, being disciplined enough to wake up early by yourself is an important part of adulthood, and learning is part of the process.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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