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

With a new semester, comes new challenges. If you’re anything like me, that means getting up in time for class and not falling asleep the second you get back.

I struggle enough with 9 a.m. classes because it is so hard to have an early sleep schedule in the dorms. I don’t know how my friends manage an 8 a.m. class, but don’t worry, here are some tips to help you survive your early classes!

Get to class early

Get to your seat at least five minutes before class starts. Make it a habit to get there a bit earlier so you have time to adjust and have everything you need ready for when it starts.

If you get there late, chances are you will become more discouraged and negative about class. You’ll also have a higher chance to make friends in your class by talking to them before it starts!

Don’t skip!

I know it is SO tempting to choose sleep over class, but this will create a bad habit. If you skip once, what’s the harm in skipping another one? And so on and so on until you fall behind in the class and are struggling.

Going to class will be more rewarding in the long run and will be worth it when you see the good grade on your transcript.

Eat breakfast before class

Breakfast may be my worst enemy. I never want to leave my dorm early in the morning to pick up food, but breakfast is what will wake your body up and keep you fueled for the day ahead.

Trust me, it will make a huge difference! Even if it’s some cereal before class, nutrients are important and coffee is always a perfect pairing.

Prep the night before

Get everything you need the night before. You don’t want to be stumbling around, racing to leave for class, and forgetting to pack your laptop. Taking 5-10 minutes to have it ready for you to grab and go in the morning will get rid of stress and create a routine.

Have an actual sleep schedule

Create an actual, set sleep schedule! Go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, or your body will hate you.

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep by going to bed earlier so you get 7-9 hours before leaving for class. Also, try to unwind before going to bed so you have a good sleep, get off of blue lights an hour before.

make your bed

If you make your bed before leaving, you’ll already have one task accomplished when you get back from class. This gives me a bit of pride and motivation to do more for the day instead of hopping back into bed and falling asleep until my next class.

Be positive!!

For many people, morning classes are not ideal in college, but they happen. If you have one, tackle it head-on with a positive mindset. Become a morning person, listen to your favorite music as you wake up and walk to class, and enjoy the early start.

Once you graduate college, most jobs will require you to wake up early and, hopefully, be a morning person, so why not get a head start by embracing it now?

Ashley is a freshman at Penn State University majoring in broadcast journalism. In her free time, she loves reading, watching premier league football, obsessing over Harry Styles, and proclaiming her love for Saquon Barkley.