Early Bird Catches Worm

Early Bird Gets the Worm

You can tell a lot about a person based on where they stand on the subject of morning classes against night classes. It’s true, a lot can be said of your character, priorities and general habits just by showing up to class whether it be at 8:30 a.m. or p.m.

From a commuter’s point of view, morning classes are a saving-grace. While that may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, just think about how frustrating it can be to circle the parking lot for ten minutes, only to realize there are absolutely no open spots.

We’ve all been there and have likely learned our lesson the hard way, its true, the early bird really does catch the worm.

While most may groan at the idea of waking up before 9 a.m., there is something to be said about getting an early start to the day. Now before I begin to sound like your mother, hear me out.

Waking up early provides you with a peace of mind that you’ve got the whole day ahead of yourself. In a perfect world, us college students would love every single class we are taking, adore each professor and be genuinely excited to sit for an hour and twenty minutes. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

No matter how hard I try, certain subjects will never maintain a firm grasp on both my interest and attention span.

That being said, rather than schedule a class that I know I am going to dread (cough cough any course involving math) in the evening, I make sure to face it first thing in the morning.

In doing so I am able to put the worst part of my day behind me all before 10 a.m. rolls around. Try it, it’s a liberating feeling.

Also, just think about how much your attention span deteriorates throughout the day. Maybe it’s just me, but I swear I can count on my hand the number of brain cells I have left by 4 p.m. and it’s definitely not enough to get me through a lecture.

As much as we all want to bask in our college years and push aside the thought of the “real world,” it’s full speed ahead whether you are ready or not.

Taking morning classes will help to reduce the shock factor as your transition from your glory days to the glorious 9-5 lifestyle; you’ve got to condition your body to those early morning wake up calls, and there is absolutely no time like the present.

Another benefit that morning classes have over their counterpart is that just by showing up to your 8:30 a.m., you’ve already accomplished something and can rightfully go home for a well-deserved nap. Now, if you schedule your classes later in the day, and sleep in, what have you accomplished by the time noon rolls around? That’s right, nothing. Remember folks, if you snooze, you lose.

I would also like to add the appreciation we, as students, have for Monmouth, giving us such an array of class times to choose from. It is nice to know what works for us and be able to choose a schedule that is to our liking. Whether that be all morning classes where I am done by 1 p.m. or whether a student likes to sleep in and not have to walk to class until 6 o’clock at night!

Now before I totally write off night classes, I have to admit something. I have a 7:40 p.m. class this semester and thought it would be the death of me. I wake up early enough as it is, why would I want to be in class until 9 p.m. and then drive 25 minutes’ home?

The inner-grandma in me just can’t handle that, I start to shut down as the sun goes down. That being said, to my utmost surprise, (and to the surprise of my friends and family who know I am in no way a night owl).

I love being on campus at night. There is something so peaceful about walking around an empty campus: there is no noise to be heard and the buildings sort of hide in the shadows.

As I walk out of class, Wilson Hall glows among the darkness and serves as a reminder of how lucky we really are to call Monmouth our home.

PHOTO TAKEN by Alexandria Afanador