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College Scaries: Alarm Clocks on Exam Mornings

October 30, 2019

Submitting an assignment late sucks, but completely forgetting to submit an assignment is even worse. Believe it or not, I have topped both of these failures. It was my first semester in college, and I lived by Florida State’s campus and drove to Tallahassee Community Colleges’ campus every day. I stayed up late studying for my 8 a.m. exam and fell asleep in my bed studying without setting an alarm. Needless to say, I didn’t wake up at 7 a.m. like I normally did and instead, by pure luck, woke up at 7:45 a.m. I woke up, looked at my alarm clock and freaked out. It’s about a 10-minute drive from where I live to campus, so I still had 5 minutes to find a parking spot and sprint to my classroom. Safe to say, I did not make it to my class by 8; however, my teacher has a rule that you can enter the class to take an exam as long as no one has finished their exam yet. If it wasn’t for this rule, I would have received a zero for my first big exam in college. 

There is at least one lesson for everyone in this story. In order to study you must find a place that you are able to focus the most and not doze off like I did. The other lesson is to always have alarms set. For those that don’t know, Apple has a feature to where you can set an alarm for one day of the week every week, so I could set an 8 a.m. alarm for every Monday and Wednesday and a 10 a.m. alarm for Tuesday and Thursday. This is a key tool that all students need to use in order to be successful in college because no one will be there to wake you up in the morning — unless you have really loud roommates. The other lesson is find your spot to study that won’t make you fall asleep mid-studying. It could be a lobby on campus, in your dorm study room, or in one of the campus libraries. Everyone has different ways and styles of studying, just make sure you find yours.