Early Morning Classes Are Actually Not That Bad, So Stop Complaining About Your 8 A.M.

Early Morning Classes Are Actually Not That Bad, So Stop Complaining About Your 8 A.M.

Sincerely, someone who’s classes start at 7:30 a.m.

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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.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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Must-Read Books To Read On Your Spare Time

A short list of some recent books I have enjoyed.

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Being a college student you don't always have the time to get that fun reading in that you might want. When you actually have the down time to read something, you find yourself asking what book should you even pick up and try? Hopefully this list will help with choosing one:

Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Harper Collins

I read this book in about three days during the summer, and I have made others read this and they have also finished it fairly quickly. The story keeps you wanting to know more and more, it is hard to put it down to even eat. I am patiently waiting for this author to release his next book.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Amazon

Another book I read very quickly. The author of this book also wrote Gone Girl. This book has a lot of twist and turns making you stop and think. You never know who is the "good guy" of the "bad guy".

The Handmaid's Tale by Margret Atwood

Amazon

I read this book my senior year of high school and it was one of the best books I was forced to read in school — and this was before it was a series on Hulu. It's a utopian type book which isn't one my favorite type of books, but I think it was the story line more than anything that kept me reading and enjoying this book.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendrix and Sarah Pekkanen

Amazon

This book I had a love-hate relationship with, which in my opinion makes the book very good. A big plot twist happened and I had to out the book down and go for a walk because I was so surprised. However, I did come back and finished it and realized it really was a good book. I just saw that this author has even more books so now I have to add those to my reading list.

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Yes, it's a Nicholas Sparks book, so most would think its a crazy romance book, which it has — but it is so much more than just a romance. Bad things start to happen and you don't know what is going to happen next. This is one of my favorite Sparks books I have read.

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

This book is a young adult book but it had me hooked from the beginning. It talks about the mental illness in an easy and understandable way.

Most of these books are a phycological thriller/ mystery but all of them have great characters and the connections that the reader builds with them seems like they are a real person.

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