8 Barely-Awake Thoughts College Students Who Take 8 AMs Have

8 Barely-Awake Thoughts College Students Who Take 8 AMs Have

A little over halfway though the semester and I know they still go through my mind.

If possible I will avoid these early courses, but occasionally you just can't.

Sometimes they are only offered at this time, and at others they are the only option if you need the course for your major. Whether you choose to do it or not, these thoughts are bound to have at least once.

1. It won't be that bad...

Oh but wait. The the jokes on you. You'll find out soon enough that waking up for these things is harder than trying to find the right key to your house at night, when all you want to do is get out of the cold. I had to take my first 8:30 this semester and found that there was in fact something worse than a 9:25.

2. Why did I do this to myself?

Classes go throughout the whole day, why does this course insist on being only offered at 8 or during the only time I can get into another course I'm required to take?

3. What are the odds that the professor cancels class tomorrow?

Checking your email at 7:45 in the morning, hoping to see that eight letter word as the subject in the latest message is something I do on occasion. Finding one is rare, but it was nice to experience at least once.

4. Why do you have to have an attendance policy?

Without it you probably wouldn't have half the class, but the way I look at it, it`s not your loss since they are paying to be there (and choosing not to be).

5. Who thought be a good idea to have classes at this hour?

Especially when you were up until two in the morning working on a project for that class (or the one right after).

6. At least I have the rest of my day to nap/be productive since I started so early and finished by 10am.

Class ends around 10 AM and if you are lucky enough to only have one class that day you get to choose what you want to do with yourself (or not do) for the rest of the day.

7. I can get there in 30 minutes right?

Leaving on time is not my forte and this year it's even more of a struggle since I can't just get up 15 minutes before class starts. I have to account for time to get to the parking lot, get on the bus, and then walk the last ten minutes to my early class. This is where the snooze button is not your friend.

8. Only XX more days and I don't have to worry about these anymore.

The best part about thinking about this is when you get down to the final few weeks and these minions resemble what is happening in your mind. Before you realize you may do it again next semester...

Just don't think about that part for now! Relish the fact that your classes are now over and you get a few weeks to catch up on all that lost sleep. Remember if they feel hard now, you may have a job that starts as early as this so you may as well get used to it, right?

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What Nobody Is Going To Tell You About Freshman Year

What no one will tell you about your first step to adulthood.

Attending college for the first time is a time filled with high expectations, excitement, nerves, and a lot of hope for the future.

If you were anything like me, you were lucky enough to get accepted into your dream school with a lot of high hopes about the upcoming year. I couldn't wait to move into my freshman dorm, no matter how little or crappy it might have been, I was undoubtedly excited. The year was fresh (literally) and I couldn't wait to start living a college lifestyle and meet the people I was going to be friends with for the next four years of my life and hopefully even longer. I had never been so excited about going back-to-school shoppingand started packing and preparing for the move weeks in advance.

I had this image in my head of what freshman year was going to be like and it looked a lot like something you would see on an ABC Family or MTV show rather than what the reality of freshman year really was. I would be sitting here lying to you if I told you my freshman year was the best year of my life and to expect to have a year full of parties and fun with no responsibilities. The fact of the matter is, freshman year is your first real step into adulthood. It is your first unsheltered, uncensored, version of the real world that your parents (for the most part) have no control over. While this truly is an exciting thing, if you're not prepared for it freshman year can be a lot more stressful than expected.

I wish someone told me that the people I met the first week of school weren't going to be my best friends the whole year and not to take it to heart when they stop talking to you. You meet SO many people your first few weeks of school and you want to be friends with literally all of them. But in college, unlike high school, you probably won't see those same people every day so maintaining relationships takes a lot more work than before. To be honest, you may forget what it was like to actually make a new friend, especially if you were friends with the same people all through high school.

I wish someone told me that my study habits in high school absolutely will not hold up in college. When you were told to “read the text" in high school for homework, you wrote “no homework" in your planner for that day. Reading your text book in high school was actually laughed at in most situations and if you didn't have an end of the year freak out about where your text books were, you were doing it wrong.R ead your textbooks, every page, every chapter. Write everything down, from notes to homework, it's all important.

I wish someone told me the “freshman 15" was absolutely not a myth. Despite the fact that I spent countless nights in our campus gym, the freshman 15 was still gained and stayed. I couldn't tell you why or how this happens, but expect to gain a few pounds your first year of college. Whether it's from all of the campus cookies you couldn't have passed your final without or from all the delicious new food options, expect to be a few pounds heavier when returning home for Thanksgiving. And most importantly, know that you don't look any different despite how you feel, and know that this will most likely happen to everyone.

I wish someone told me that it's OK to say no to people. After you get to know your hall mates and become closer with the people you've met your first few weeks of college, you quickly learn that there is always something going on. Learn that you don't have to agree to attend everything someone invites you to. If you need to stay home and study, speak up. Don't just say yes to please someone or because you feel like you will lose that person as a friend if you say no. Learn to put you and your needs first, and if someone judges you because you decided to study rather than go out, so be it. You're here to learn not to socialize. It's OK to decline peoples offers.

I wish someone told me to go to class no matter how tired I was. Fun fact about college: you don't technically have to go to class if you don't want to. But for the sake of your grades, please go to class. You only get the chance to learn the material once, and you will be tested on the lecture material whether you were there or not. One tired day may cost you a good grade in the class, no joke. Go to every class you can and take detailed notes. (Tip: you can usually take pictures of the slides/diagrams as well, it helps a lot.)

I wish someone told me that only my true friends from high school will remain my friends in college. Losing contact with high school friends is a given in college. Even the people you swore were your closest friends may forget about you in the craziness of freshman year. The good news is you are at a school with thousands of people looking to make new friends and they will fill the empty spaces that old ones left.

I wish someone told me to be careful at parties. Although it is very rare something bad happens, it is true that parties aren't the safest place. Especially for the freshmen, it's easy to just go to the party that everyone else is going to without knowing anything about the place or who is going to be there. Look out for your friends and stay together. Navigating a college town at night is scary and can be dangerous. Know where you are going beforehand and always have a way home. Don't always trust people you have just met and never leave a cup unattended.

I wish someone told me my grades aren't going to be as great in college as they were in high school. Expect your GPA to drop at least half a point, usually. You're going to have a lot of distractions in college and a lot less structure in your schedule. Keeping a balance truly is a difficult task and your grades aren't going to always be what you want them to be. You will learn the perfect combination to keep your grades and yourself happy. Give it some time and don't beat yourself up if you get a C in a class or two. You have three years to make up for it.

I wish someone told me that getting homesick is completely normal. The first few spells of homesickness I had scared me to death. I was afraid that if I was homesick it meant that I didn't like the school I was at or that something was wrong or missing. This is usually not the case even though it may feel that way at times. You're going to miss home no matter how much you wished your way out of it from day one. Home is what is familiar to you and what you know and it's easy to crave that when you're somewhere completely different. Don't let it get the best of you and just know that a call home will fix anything and everything. Don't be afraid to call your parents and friends from home. They miss you, too.

I wish someone told me that you only get one freshman year at the college of your dreams so live it up and learn your lessons. Have the time of your life, make all of the friends you can, join clubs and organizations you're passionate about, get involved on your campus and in your community, and take nothing for granted. You only get to do college once (if all goes well) and you're paying to be here and get an education. Make the most of every situation and learn about yourself and the people around you. There is so much to be done and so much to learn in your four years here but especially the first. Make the most of it and don't forget your morals or who you are!

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Let's Take A Moment To Appreciate 'Chegg,' The Real MVP Professor

"Chegg" taught me more about biology than my actual biology teacher!


We need to take a moment to appreciate the true professor, the real master, and the one who has been here my entire college career even when things couldn't have gotten worse. And that would be "Chegg." Yes, Chegg, because it was there for me when no one was. At some point, we've all used it, whether it's as simple as renting a textbook to utilizing the tutoring service or the flashcards app. 'Chegg' is a very useful service for any college student, no matter the course or major.

So, can we please take a moment to really appreciate the services Chegg does offer because this website taught me more about biology than my actual biology professor! I mean seriously, have you used their flashcards app? It made my life so easy when it came to memorizing any terms or definitions. I could study on the bus, at work, during lunch, and I never needed to worry about losing all my cards, plus it helped me realize what I really knew versus what I didn't know well.

We all know the feeling of pulling out $300 for just one textbook. Instead, using 'Chegg' can literally save us hundreds of dollars on our semester's textbooks. Why spent $300 on one when you can spend $300 on five or six? Plus renting isn't always an option for a book you may only use for 4 months! Not only did Chegg teach me, but it literally saved hundreds of dollars.

"Chegg Study'" is one of the most important services here, the one thing that taught me more than some of my professors ever could. Instead of staring at a chalkboard or powerpoint all day just do not understand any of it or the professor is just terrible at the subject, you could get helpful info from Chegg Study right after class at almost any time. Need test prep? You got it. Having trouble in math? No problem. Still having trouble writing that essay? Check out your grammar, citation, and more here! There are step-by-step solutions to any problem you have in a book, and if that's not enough, tutors are online 24/7!

So here's a true shoutout to the thing that held my hand and told me I was going to be okay when I didn't understand what was happening in class. Chegg has made the race to the finish line of graduation just a little easier and because of that, it deserves all my respect. Thank you for helping me survive college, Chegg, because I'm not sure what I would do without you!

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