Students speak on benefits and drawbacks of early classes

Category:  News
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, we can all agree there is a specific time of day that one just tends to have more energy or more of an urge to get things done. This can also play into how students schedule classes, whether they realize it or not.

You may look at the times offered, and you put off taking a specific class because the idea of waking up for an 8 a.m. class is measurable to pulling teeth, or perhaps the thought of having to head out to a class when you would normally be in your pajamas winding down, is just too much to bear.

So, the real question is, does being an early riser actually have benefits to your performance in school? Or, can those who set multiple alarms and push the snooze button repeatedly rest easy?

Zach Huffman, a student at Edinboro University, believes that being a night person “influences how I pick my classes if there is more than one time option.”

I try not to do anything before 9 a.m., because I feel like I really wouldn’t be awake enough to do well,” he said.

We all have the time of day that works best for us, and when scheduling time comes around, you may be the person who gets online as soon as possible in order to try and snag the class you need in hopes there is an option that isn’t before 9 a.m.

However, if you knew a class you had to take did not have a late morning or afternoon option, would that make you put off taking the class?

Huffman responded simply with, “No doubt about that!”

Ashton Little, a double major in business administration and studio/fine arts, is more of a night person, but she would rather take earlier classes and get her day moving because she finds it harder to focus later in the day.

“I don’t think it has helped my grades, but I also don’t think it has hurt them either,” she said. “I may be tired in the morning, but I get distracted later in the day, so it’s better to have them (classes) in the morning for me.”

Edinboro student, Donna Good, although she is a night person, said she has other things to think about when scheduling her classes.

“I am more of a night person, but I schedule for morning classes so I can fit in all my extracurriculars,” said Good. “I think that
for people who can’t get up in the morning, taking night classes is better than skipping your 8 a.m.”

So, perhaps you need to take night classes because you know that waking up for that 8 a.m. is never going to happen, or maybe you like to get an early start on the day because you know that it is going to be when you concentrate best, and you also have to fit in those extracurriculars.

However you choose to schedule your classes, we all try to find something that works best for us.

So, for the night owls and the early birds, the 8 a.m.’s and the 8 p.m.’s, find what works for you and makes you ready to take on the day. 

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