Back in the fall, I received this random email out of the blue saying that the spring “Multicultural Literature of the US" class I was enrolled in had been canceled due to low enrollment. So, I emailed my advisor asking for class recommendations. She told me that I had all my prerequisites for nursing school done and my gen-eds filled, so I could pick whatever class I wanted to.

Okay, how about that 7:30 a.m. pathology class? That looks like it'll be fun.

Yes, I signed up to look at pictures of fibrinous pericarditis, nutmeg liver, cancer, and all other gross ailments at the literal crack of dawn just for fun.

I didn't even know they offered classes that early in the morning, but did that stop me from asking Health Sciences for permission to add pathology to my schedule? No, no it did not.

I like to joke complain about having a class at 7:30 a.m., but in all honesty, it's not that bad. I mean, next year, I'll be getting up much earlier than 5 a.m. for my clinicals, so getting up that early to study edema and necrosis is nothing. Besides, it's fun, I genuinely enjoy the class, and this is a class that's going to help me in nursing school.

That being said, while I know early morning classes aren't ideal for most people, don't expect me to sympathize with your complaints of having an 8 a.m. I have better things to do with my life than listen to someone whine about having to wake up before dawn. If I can roll out of bed at 5 a.m., get my shower, make a thermos of tea, and be in class way before 7:30, you can be at your 8 a.m. likewise.

It's just all about discipline. If you know you take forever to get ready, plan accordingly. Go to bed earlier, set a billion alarms, and have everything ready to go before you fall asleep. It's literally that simple.

Besides, having earlier classes is so much better than having late classes. Trust me, I know. My anatomy classes last year weren't finished until 7:00 p.m.

I've found, if your classes are done in the morning, then you have the rest of the day to go to work, do homework, or do whatever you want to and be in bed at a reasonable time. If your classes are later, then the opposite happens. Early morning classes also provide practice for when you have to get up early for your job, which is a valuable skill for someone who is a nursing major like me.

So, quick whining about your early classes, and appreciate all the benefits that come with having your classes early in the day. They'll be over before you know it. And remember, it could be worse.

You could be forced to look at the always lovely sight of wet gangrene on a necrotic, amputated leg at 7:30 in the morning.