8 Reasons Early Classes Aren't As Bad As People Make Them Out To Be

8 Reasons Early Classes Aren't As Bad As People Make Them Out To Be

Yes they are super early, but it can help start your day!

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My first semester Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I had a chem lecture at 8 a.m. Now yes, chemistry isn't the first thing anyone wants to hear when they first wake up, but it does get your brain moving.

1. It helps start your day!

Now waking up for these classes can be hard, it does help you get out of bed. I am the type of person who would stay in bed all day if they could, but that just isn't reasonable. These early mornings wake me up to go to class, eat breakfast, and fully prepare myself for the day.

2. It urges you to eat breakfast.

I know for sure that if I wasn't forced to be in class at 8, I would just skip breakfast and go straight to lunch. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day because it starts the functions of your body, and preps you for the day.

3. You feel more motivated!

Being awake earlier in the day allows you to not waste a good portion of it by sleeping. There's more motivation during the day to get the work, so at night you can just relax.

4. I'd rather my nights free, than my mornings.

My friends and I all have our nights free, so this is when we go out and get dinner, play games, or just hang out together. Being able to choose what I do with my night instead of having to dread classes is something I'd much rather prefer.

5. That's what a real work day is going to be like!

Most work days are at least a 9 to 5, so it's not different from what is to come in our future. It is just conditioning us to get used to working that early, and using our brain.

6. There will always be room in the class.

In reality, no one is trying to get into 8 a.m. classes. It is almost a guarantee that when you go to schedule classes that early, there is a higher chance they'll have room in them.

7. More opportunity to ask questions. 

With the classes being smaller at 8 a.m., and half of them being half asleep it is easier for you to ask questions with your professor. Everyone is exhausted, so there is no room to question shame!

8. The after class naps are killer. 

As great as waking up early is, those midday naps after class are the best.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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This One’s For Africa

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It's now been a week since I stepped foot on the African continent for the first time in my life. I first visited Johannesburg, where my dad and I spent a day on an 'apartheid tour.'

This tour consisted of visiting Shanty Town, one of the poorest communities in South Africa. The living conditions were indeed different. They had to steal electricity through homemade wires connected to the telephone poles. They had only a few porta potties for ten families to share. They had several spickets to obtain fresh water from. There was no heating in the houses, which were made from pieces of painted aluminum.

Such inconvenient circumstances have come from years of oppression towards black people in South Africa. It was incredibly sad to know that these problems still exist and that apartheid only ended so recently.

On the other hand, the people showed very little anger. Despite their living situations, the people of Shanty Town were so kind and welcoming. Everyone we passed smiled and waved, often even saying hello or asking about our wellbeing.

It brought some serious warmth to our hearts to see their sense of community. Everyone was in it together, and no man was left behind. They created jobs and opportunities for one another. They supported each other.

The next part of the day included a tour of Nelson Mandela's old house. We then made a trip to the Apartheid Museum.

Overall, Johannesburg did not disappoint. The city contains a rich history that human beings as a whole can learn a lot from. Johannesburg is a melting pot that still contains a multitude of issues concerning racism and oppression of certain cultures.

After two days in Johannesburg, my family made our way to Madikwe game reserve, where we stayed at Jaci's Lodge.

The safari experience was absolutely incredible. Quite cold (it's winter in Africa right now), but amazing enough to make up for the shivering. We saw all my favorite animals: giraffes galore, elephants, zebras, impalas, lions, hyenas, wildebeests, rhinos, you name it. While my favorite animal will always be the giraffe, I don't think any sighting could beat when two different herds of elephants passed through a watering hole to fuel up on a drink.

Finally on June 1st, I flew to George to start my program with Africa Media in Mossel Bay. On Sunday, we went on an 'elephant walk.'

The safari was certainly cool, but that makes the elephant walk ice cold. We got to walk alongside two male elephants - one was 25, the other 18. They were so cute!! We got to stroke their skin, trunk, and tusks. They had their own little personalities and were so excited to receive treats (fruits and vegetables) at the end of the journey.

My heart couldn't be more full. Africa, you have become my favorite continent. And it sure is going to take a lot to drag me away from you.

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