How to Survive That 8 AM Class

8AMClass.jpgWe all try to avoid them, but somehow, some way, 8 AM classes sneak their way into our college schedules.

Maybe it was the “this semester’s going to be different” syndrome that somehow possessed you to sign up for that early morning seminar. Or maybe it’s that pesky biology course that you’ve put off for the last 3 semesters — the one you have to take to declare your major. Either way, we all succumb now and then to the evilest of academia plaguing our university campuses – 8 AM classes.

After spending about five lectures cursing the school’s scheduling system, you realize that you actually have to suck up this class for the entire term. When you finally come to that place of acceptance, rely on these survival tips to get you through the long road ahead:

1. Prepare your sh*t ahead of time – It takes about 5 minutes to sleepily throw everything you need in your school bag before you hit the hay. Make sure to grab the essentials. Notebook? Check. Pens and pencils? Got ‘em. New York Times sudoku book? Hell yeah!

2. Set your alarm to your own sleeping habits – Personally, I like to set my alarm to about 20 to 30 minutes before the time I absolutely have to wake up, also known as the Oh Sh*t Hour. That way, I can have the satisfaction of slapping my snooze button without actually being late for class. Now, if you’re like my roommate, you may want to set your alarm at the actual O.S.H., or else you may automatically turn off your alarm in your sleep.

3. Drink coffee – And lots of it.

4. Bring breakfast with you – Let’s be real, most of us run a little late when it’s 7:45 in the morning, leaving no time to prepare let alone eat a hearty meal. I trust that you’ve seen the Special K Red Berries commercial, so you know that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I don’t like to lose any opportunity to eat, so I make an easy breakfast that I can eat in class. One of my favorites is the parfait – nonfat plain yogurt, granola, and mixed frozen or fresh fruit. Clean, easy, and effectively makes everybody around you drool in jealousy.

5. Wear your gym clothes to class – This is one of my personal faves. Wear gym clothes to class so you don’t have to get up earlier to get ready. It doesn’t even matter if you plan to go to the gym or even have a membership. As long as you’re wearing gym clothes you can be certain of two things: 1) You will be comfortable and 2) You can speed walk/run to class without breaking an ankle. This also doubles as an excuse to look like crap while still appearing as there’s a purpose to your raggedness.

Good luck and take heart: you’re not the only one struggling to keep those eyes open this morning…



  1. Hilary says:

    Oh Sh*t Hour.

    LMAO! Perfect name for it :]

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  3. Olivia says:

    That is good advice. I am so experienced with that Oh Sh*t Hour that I have to set my alarm at least a half hour to 45 minutes before I usually get up.

    That way if I'm feeling particularly productive I have the chance to get up earlier than usual.

    It's also a good thing when I'm lying in bed and realize that I did indeed have homework for that 8 am class that requires me to shoot out of bed and use those snooze button minutes to quickly do whatever it was I forgot.

  4. snarktastic says:

    please for the love of all that is good and holy, DO NOT WEAR PAJAMAS TO CLASS. you've been wearing them for probably 8 hours and even if you think you smell fine – you don't. and it's REALLY creepy talking to your professor while wearing the same stuff you've been stewing in all night. they make an effort to get dressed, you should at least have the dignity to pull some jeans and a t-shirt on.

  5. ela says:

    i never looked like i was in PJs in class bc…sometimes i slept in my clothes …lol.

  6. Kaley says:

    I highly endorse putting all your stuff together the night before. It's just so much nicer that way.

  7. Laura says:

    Scheduling conflicts forced me into an 8:30am lab class twice a week for this semester and I found the only way I can function is to get up at 5am, wake up gradually, and go for a run. Coffee causes me to crash soon after but the endorphins keep me going. Granted I have to keep buying more layers fit for running in as it gets colder but it’s still well worth it. Then again, my class is 45 minutes a day, and one of the days that class is the opener to a day of hell- classes for more than 9 hours straight.

  8. ela says:

    on second thought…i'm paying 50K a quarter for my tuition, im gonna walk into class in a f-ing clown costume donning a strap on if i want- seriously.

  9. Heather says:

    If you have to get up early give yourself something to look forward to. Like listen to your favorite playlist when getting ready, or buy a cute thermos to take to class with your favorite drink in it.

    Coffee is overrated. It causes bad breath and jitters… That definitely does not help me out when I am tired.

  10. Noelle says:

    Psh- I went to class in my pajamas ALL THE TIME. Until I studied abroad, in France. I have not yet left my house in sweatpants since. I used to think that people who dressed up for class were trying wayyy too hard, and just plain tacky. But over there, you could barely even find sweatpants/pajama bottoms in the stores! Now, I like looking presentable, just because it makes me feel good. And because I stay awake in class better if I'm not in comfy fleecy bottoms…

    That aside, I never made it to 50% of my classes that started before 10AM, and even now I'm still late to 10:40 classes. And I set my alarm to ring three times before the "oh sh*t hour".

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