National Sleep Foundation states that it is appropriate for adults within the age of 18-25 years to sleep for a duration of 7-9 hours. Now this states two major things, the first being that you are an adult. Congratulations. And second, that in order to stay healthy and attentive, we need sleep.
Say what now?
Since kindergarten, we have recited “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” far too many times, and the worst part is that we never quite realized how much sense it would make once we grew up. Our parents kept nagging us for it- they’d take all our gadgets away at night, enforce curfews and what not. But we ran past it all, and now that we are in college there’s no going back.
Now that I am a senior (supposedly) in college, it bestows upon me to teach Freshers the art of attending lectures and saving attendance when you still have the time.
You can thank me later.
So the first rule of thumb is,
- KEEP YOUR OUTFIT AND BAG READY BEFOREHAND
Let’s face it, all of us are guilty of standing in front of our wardrobe, in your PJ’s deciding what to wear. Something that makes you look nice and is decent so everybody is in awe but also doesn’t make your mother go all sanskaar on you. (yes girls, we have all been there)
Choose your outfit the night prior to college, especially when you know that you have an 8 am lecture. Trust me, this saves so much time. You can even decide the shoes that you want to wear or junk jewelry. Similarly, set your bag in advance. This will help you get carefree sleep, and help you reach on time.
- DITCH THE CORRECT TIME
It might not sound time worthy (pun intended) but it definitely is. Set your watch 5-10 minutes ahead. Not only it helps you realize every second’s worth, but also enables you to get ready before hand and reach college just in time.
- TRY TO MAINTAIN A SLEEP SCHEDULE
Yeah, yeah I know. It sounds dorky. But it takes only 21 days to develop a habit. It doesn’t hurt to listen to our parents for once. Try reading a book or listen to songs before you go to sleep. There are apps like Calm and Headspace that you can listen to before going to sleep. Minimize phone usage at least 20 minutes prior. You can even read a book, trust me, that does wonders. You don’t want dark circles the next day.
- BREAKFAST IN BED NOT SO MUCH
Breakfast is an important meal of the day and should never be skipped. Pack your parathas or upma in a box that you can eat in the cab or in class intervals. No, DO NOT eat in class. That can get you and your food in a lot of trouble. Never mess with food.
- MAKE THAT PROXY WALA FRIEND
Well, because everybody has a true friend who covers up everything for you.
Find that one true friend who will help you with proxy. I have done it and they have returned the favor. This is a hack and may not work always, but well, it’s the easiest. If you have an early morning class that you find absolutely boring, you have an option of getting out of it.
But do not use this always, because mid sems are almost here! And you really need the internal marks.
In a nutshell, with great power comes great responsibility, lectures and attendance. So try to find some motivation, because college isn’t all that bad after all.
And for all those who have their classes at 11am, I have nothing but envy for you.
About the Author:
Nothing worth having comes easy. Good things happen to those who work their asses off to make their dreams happen. Hi, I am Shivangi, a creative writer with the imagination of a child who dares to think that anything is possible. I believe that it is very important to be opinionate and to find ways to voice what we believe in.