8 Reasons You Really Should Go To That 9AM Lecture
We’ve all been there. You feel like you’ve barely been asleep for 5 minutes and then suddenly your alarm starts ringing. Yes, your university actually thought that it was a good idea to have a 9 am lecture the morning after the most popular student night out. While you sit there contemplating whether or not you really need this degree, here are 8 reasons it’s worth dragging yourself out of bed and trekking all the way to campus.
- You’re paying a LOT of money to be at university
This is probably the most obvious reason. Universities charge up to £9,000 per year. The average student has 14 contact hours a week. Based on the average academic year length of 41 weeks, that works out at over £15 an hour. Think how many Jaeger Bombs you could buy with the money that you’ve effectively thrown away by missing your lecture (or maybe don’t, because that’s probably what got you into this situation in the first place).
- Your lecturers will notice you
Only the dedicated students turn up to every single one of those early morning classes. Your lecturer will remember your face, which will definitely be useful when you go to their office crying because you don’t know how to start your essay.
- You might actually learn something
Funnily enough, that is the whole point of a lecture. Hopefully, once exam season rolls around there will be a question on the exact topic you were talking about in that 9 am that you managed to drag yourself to. It’s a long shot but it could happen, right?
- It’s good practise for the future
I know working a full time job seems a long way off yet but it’s always good to practise getting up. How can you expect to survive a full working week if you can’t even get up for one morning lecture?
- You don’t have to bother making an effort
Think about it. It’s 9 am. I guarantee that you won’t be the only person who decides to rock up in their pyjamas still sporting last night’s makeup. Yesterday’s winged eyeliner is today’s smoky eye. Embrace it.
- It could be even earlier
The guy driving the bus to campus? He was up earlier than you. So was the Barista that made you the largest coffee on the face of the earth that you bought in the hopes of getting your brain to wake up.
- Morning lectures are notoriously less busy
Use this opportunity to sit next to someone different and make some new friends. Most of the people who managed to make it in are probably in the exact same boat as you. Bond over the fact that you would both much rather be in bed right now, and that you have no clue what your lecturer is even talking about. Seriously, you all deserve some sort of medal just for being there.
- It’s a good way to start your day
Once your lecture is over you’ll have the whole day ahead of you to be productive. Studies show that the most successful people are early risers. Join their ranks and do some extra reading in the library or maybe go for a run. If that doesn’t appeal to you, you could always use that extra time to head straight over to the SU for a pint. Everyone knows the best way to cure a hangover is to starting drinking again.
Even though it’s a challenge, those early lectures are an important part of your degree. It might not seem like it at the time, but those extra few hours in bed aren’t really worth it in the long run. Especially when the time comes to write your essays or revise for your exams. If you really can’t force yourself to get out of bed, then at least email your lecturer to see if they can send you any important notes that you missed. That way you can enjoy your lay in and do the work at 3pm like the perfect student you are.
Aimee Garnett writes for Inspiring Interns, a graduate recruitment agency which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and giving out graduate careers advice. To hire graduates or browse graduate jobs, visit their website. You can follow Amy at https://thelifeofanaspiringwriter.com and https://twitter.com/aimeegarnett.