In high school – at least in Chicago – there really aren’t such things as “early classes.” Classes tend to start at 8 a.m. for everyone. But…

In high school – at least in Chicago – there really aren’t such things as “early classes.” Classes tend to start at 8 a.m. for everyone. But in college, where you can pick and choose classes based on teacher, time, or day of the week, class time assumes far greater importance. This semester, I’m taking an 8 a.m. class, which reveals a lot about the living patterns of my peers. Most people, if they show up at all, look like they’ve achieved several minutes, at most, of rest. There are nonstop yawn avalanches which pop up over the duration of the class, with one person causing a cascade. Pajamas are more common than jeans, and people seem too exhausted to converse, let alone answer questions, which often leads to our professor waiting for uncomfortable lengths of time for someone to finish his sentence. Obviously, some people in class are awake and engaged, but most people just didn’t consider that taking an early class was unwise for them. When put in that position, be honest with yourself about yourself. Don’t think you’ll suddenly change – just take the noon class instead.
– Will