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How To Make Mornings Easier In College

Let’s be honest. Some of us are morning people and some of us are not. I have read countless articles on “How To Become A Morning Person.” Well, this is not one of those articles. I am not going to miraculously turn you into a morning person by writing this article; however, I am going to give you tips on how to make mornings a whole lot easier in college. College is all about time management and prioritizing the things that matter most to you. Sleep is number one on my priority list, especially in the morning. So here are three tips that should make your mornings a little easier in college.

 

Preset the coffee machine for the time you wake up.

There is nothing better than waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. This gives you an incentive to actually get up out of bed to go enjoy a warm cup of joe. If you own a regular old coffee maker, there is a setting called “delay brew” where you can set the timer to brew your coffee at the time when you wake up. I suggest setting the timer on the coffee pot a few minutes before your alarm so that the aroma can fill your house or room.

Drink water as soon as your alarm goes off. 

Drinking water as soon as your alarm goes off, even if you don’t want to, is worth it. It automatically makes you more awake and alert. Additionally, it kick-starts your digestive system, so if you aren’t out of bed to get yourself another glass of water, there is a good chance it is to rush to the bathroom. Plus once you’re in the bathroom, you might as well complete the rest of your morning routine while you’re there!

Have a premade breakfast ready to go. 

You know what they say: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” As kids, we ate sugary cereals to kick-start our days, but now as we grow into young adults it is important to have an adequate nutrition. Most people will tell you to get up early to make yourself a healthy breakfast in order to keep your energy going until lunch. However, that is just not realistic for most college students. For those of us that live in dorms, it is hard to cook with the lack of refrigeration space or lack of a stovetop. We also have to prioritize our time in the morning and for most of us, that priority goes to getting as much sleep as we possibly can. In which case my advice to you is, lay out an easy-to-grab granola bar or a premade smoothie/protein shake, so you can just get up and go.

 

Caroline Currie

Cincinnati '19

Caroline Currie is a fourth-year student at the University of Cincinnati working towards a Liberal Arts degree in Anthropology, Electronic Media, and Professional Writing. When she’s not watching hours of cuddly cow videos, she’s eating pints of vegan ice cream and reading piles of nonfiction psychology books. She has a passion for uplifting and empowering women on campus by sharing their stories for others to learn from or be inspired by! 
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