As Seen On TV: Tips For Surviving College Morning Classes

“And, I have a 9 a.m. lecture on Wednesdays mornings.”

Ah, the early morning classes. The mere mention of this phrase makes the entire dinner table of college students mentally cringe at the thought of rising before noon. If it had been last semester, I would have easily been amongst the less than eager crowd. Strangely enough, since my freshman year of college, I have found myself falling into a daily routine that works for me.

I have developed tips, believe or not, from various television programs. On those late nights my first semester, I found myself nodding in agreement at the different lessons presented by the magic talking box. Through trial and error, caffeine and the power of television culture, I have found the key to not only making it to my morning classes but also surviving and thriving in them. All it takes is faith, trust and a little espresso dust.

Take a hint from How I Met Your Mother. Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.

This first tip is pretty much common sense. If you have an 8 a.m. lecture in the morning, go to bed early! The number of college students that charge on into the late night instead of getting a good night’s sleep is simply ridiculous. Give yourself a bed time. Tell your friends that you will go out for milkshakes another time. When it comes down to it, sleep is more important than one last game of Apples to Apples. You will feel much better in the morning with seven hours of sleep. All-nighters are also not worth it. They will leave you wondering when you got hit by a train, and you will probably fall asleep in class. Seriously, if you sleep in class, what is the point of going?

If Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide taught us anything, preparation is key.

In the “Getting Organized” episode of the classic Nickelodeon show, Ned finds himself overwhelmed in the mornings and constantly at a loss for where his supplies and such are. This show truly taught us the ins and outs of all levels of school, not just middle school. The so-called “nerds” substitute for Ned in this episode by teaching him (as well as us) how to stay organized and not feel like you are being rushed in the mornings. First of all, lay out your clothes each night, and the race to get ready in the morning will feel less hectic. Also, pack your backpack the night before with all the necessary materials for class in the morning. Keep the important things in set places. Most importantly, make sure to check your planner and keep it consistently updated. See? Who says television can’t teach you important skills?

Lorelai from Gilmore Girls is addicted to coffee, and you know what, so am I.

Like any other normal human being, Lorelai is not a fan of mornings (if you are a morning person, you rock). At one point, she utters the phrase, “Hate early. Must kill early.” Our sentiments exactly, Lorelai. Yet, she takes her coffee and continues on with her day. Coffee is a wondrous thing. It comes in a variety of flavors, strengths and sizes. You can even get coffeemakers that double as alarm clocks. When your alarm goes off, the coffeemaker kicks into action. That’s even more incentive to wake up in the morning. If you are not a fan of coffee, try a cup of warm tea. Any warm and energizing drink is the perfect way to kickstart your brain in the morning. However, this is not enough. Make sure you get breakfast as well, or you will not have enough energy to power through your class. True, some days you may not feel hungry or thirsty, but at least get a little something in your stomach before heading into the brand new day.

Final Thoughts: No fear Shakespeare? No fear early mornings.

Whether you are a morning person or not, these early day classes are a part of college life. Everyone has to take one at some point (unless you are some sort of scheduling wizard). Plus, the earlier you get done with your day, the more time you will have for fun activities later. Take heed of television shows, they teach you so much more than you know. Keep these tips in mind, and you will greet the day instead of glaring at it. The world appreciates a smile much more than a zombie. Trust me.

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Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theatre. On campus, Tori can often be found working on various projects for Her Campus Illinois, acting in a production or reading. While at home, she enjoys working at her family’s restaurant or exploring with her friends.