Early risers are expected to accomplish more throughout their day, but studies suggest that isn’t always the case.
College students are often cited for their hatred of the dreaded 8 a.m. and are even more frequently associated with the late-night lifestyle.
Many students stay up late to do homework, study, engage in extracurriculars or even enjoy some social time with peers, which can affect their ability to be effective early risers.
Behavioral scientist Dan Ariely asserts that the brain is its most active and functional two hours after waking up.
Most students stuck with an 8 a.m. class wake up just in time to make it for attendance—if they decide to go at all.
This means that the brain is not awake enough to retain the amount of information they need to be successful in class.
Some students prefer an 8 a.m. due to a personal conflict such as work or practice.
That being said, it is only fair to make sure these classes are also available at other times or even as an online option for students with unavoidable scheduling conflicts.
Low-level core classes that are only offered at 8 a.m. do not equip young students with the tools they need to achieve the best version of themselves in a class.
While some may argue that setting such an early goal might impart some responsibility onto a new college student, that outcome is not the most realistic.
It might, instead, have the opposite effect of instilling bad habits such as hitting the snooze button and skipping class altogether.
This can lead to a snowball of mediocrity that could affect a student throughout their college experience, negatively impacting their grades in those crucial core classes.
8 a.m. classes will continue to be avoided by even the most ambitious of students. The only solution to this problem is to push back those brutal early classes and let these college kids sleep.