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Ways to Get Some Sleep and Feel Put Together for 9AMs

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

9 a.m. classes suck. And don’t even get me started on 8 a.m. classes. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Waking up early is never fun, especially if you stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing a paper. So here’s my morning routine when I wake up at 8:15 a.m. and make it to Campion (from Voute) in time for class.
The Night Before

1) Shower. That way you don’t have to build in time to shower, wash your hair, AND blow-dry your hair in the morning. If I have wet hair walking to class, it freezes during the cold, Boston winter.

2) Plan your outfit. If I want to work out after my 9 a.m., I lay out all of my stuff and put my sneakers in my backpack. So plan accordingly. Don’t plan on running around and annoying your roommates in the morning while you are looking for another sock.

3) Anything else that might take time. Fill your water bottle, pack your bag, finish your homework, etc.

4) Try, try, tryyyyyy to go to bed at a somewhat reasonable hour.

In The Morning

1) Wake up. Set an alarm. Or five. Just wake up.

2) Smile. Getting out of bed is the toughest part. Splash your face with cold water quickly and then wash it normally with warm water.

3) Lotion. The scrubbing from face wash and dry air does serious damage to your skin.

4) Make up. If you feel beautiful and confident without make up on, then more power to you (And tell me your secrets!). However, I still like wearing a little make up because it makes me feel more confident, so here are my five go-to picks in order of importance. So if you have a minute, only do the first one or two.

  • Concealer: dark circles, pimples, anything that needs to be concealed
  • Mascara: brightens your eyes
  • Foundation powder: brush it on and run out the door
  • Lip balm/gloss: again, dry air is killer on your lips
  • Eyeliner: I can do my top waterline (area between eyelashes and eye) in 15 seconds flat and it does seem to brighten my eyes.

Also, never underestimate the power of glasses. Sometimes if I’m late or have to print something, I’ll do mascara and glasses, and then head to O’Neill.

5) Hair can sometimes be the biggest struggle in the morning. I have relatively relaxed and straight hair, so I normally just get up and go to class without brushing it and it looks fine (blessed by the hair gods). I know this isn’t the case for everyone, so here are some ideas:

  • Ponytail
  • Messy bun
  • French braid/Normal braid
  • Headband (to tame unruly bangs)

6) Clothes. You know the ones you chose last night. Don’t question it, don’t doubt yourself, just put them on. Also, look out the window. If it’s raining, wear your boots and a rain coat. Snow? Wear a scarf and hat.

7) Mental checklist: backpack, ID, phone, coat, books, etc.

8) Get your rear in gear and get to class! Grab some fruit or a power bar because skipping breakfast is never ideal. Best of luck!


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Kelsey Damassa is in her senior year at Boston College, majoring in Communications and English. She is a native of Connecticut and frequents New York City like it is her job. On campus, she is the Campus Correspondent for the Boston College branch of Her Campus. She also teaches group fitness classes at the campus gym (both Spinning and Pump It Up!) and is an avid runner. She has run five half-marathons as well as the Boston Marathon. In her free time, Kelsey loves to bake (cupcakes anyone?), watch Disney movies, exercise, read any kind of novel with a Starbucks latte in hand, and watch endless episodes of "Friends" or "30 Rock."