Morning classes vs. night classes

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As the Animo System loads, the students who are lucky enough to be presented with the option have to decide whether they rather wake up early or stay up late at night. Students are different beings when they start the day compared to the ones that end it. This can affect their attitude, behavior and even their grade.

When you take a class is just as important as what your taking and who you are taking it with. Would you rather take the glare of the sun or the somnolence the moon and the stars bring?


The Good and the Bad: Morning classes

“My idea of a good and romantic night is an intimate date with Calculus, even if my major has nothing to do with math. At night, before I go to sleep, I want to see Calculus. In fact, I love Calculus so much, I want to dream of Calculus,” says no one. Unfortunately for no one, squishing all the classes in the morning eliminates the eventual rendezvous with night classes. Unless it’s the night before the test, when one responsibly decides to study in twelve hours what it took the professor three months to teach, the other half of the day is free. With a plethora of sundry activities and orgs to participate in, the next class-free hours are usually spent productively by catching up on the elusive activity known as ‘sleeping.’

Everybody loves the bad anti-hero. The Loki to one’s Thor, and the Zuko (at least in the first two seasons) to one’s Aang; the anti-hero has garnered universal sympathy for his portrayal as a misunderstood character. However, there is one anti-hero that, instead of arousing sympathy, is generally loathed by the human race.

No one has sympathy for the alarm clock.

Forcibly cramming all of one’s subjects in the morning will guarantee a perpetual date with the aforementioned apparatus. The alarm clock simply does its job, yet everyone loathes it. Maybe it is because it chooses to strike in the middle of a fairy-tale date with one’s boyfriend, waking one up to the reality that the boyfriend still needs to be informed that he is one’s boyfriend. If a mallet were in possession, the alarm clock would find itself impaled under said mallet. But if the alarm clock fails to do its job of arousing one out of slumber, it is nonetheless rebuked and detested. After threatening the inanimate object with plots of smashing it and removing its batteries, a quick struggle to make oneself presentable is barely accomplished. The mad dash for class ensues. When the sprint has been overcome, and one is nestled comfortably in one’s seat, the mind focuses on that thing the teacher said. Something about…pythons. Or was it Pythagoras? But when the teacher calls for recitation, the noise comes not out of the mouth… but from the stomach. The stomach grumbles from a breakfast well skipped, and the mind wonders if an alarm clock sandwich would be edible.


The Good and the Bad: Night classes

Whether it is by choice or misfortune that people find themselves with a class any time past 6, there is a number of reasons why this might just be a good thing. With classes pushed to the end of the day, mornings are now free. Given this option, students would then experience something their naturally lazy bones desire – sleeping in on a school day. Getting a good sleep but still knowing that your day is not wasted is truly a different sensation. While there are those with a true zest for life will know that they shouldn’t waste their mornings unconscious and drooling on their beds. All this time also allows students to do all their work right before the class. It is a crammer’s ideal situation.

But by far, the most elaborate thing that comes from night classes is that attendants now have their very own drug-free sleeping pill. Self diagnosed insomnia is common among students and nothing quite nods you off like a class at night. When that last bell rings for the day, skip the Facebook or the TV and use the momentum or lack thereof to go into slumber.

Say goodbye though to being able to know that you are done for the day with the sun still out. Everyday is essentially a full day and your friends may not be happy about that. Evening classes will still not be the norm meaning that chances are most of your friends are free to do what they like while you are free to learn about taxes and law. When there is fun to be had past 6, students have to pick between having to lose the experience with friends or lose the subject.

But in the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The thought of waking up early may appeal to some, whereas others flee from it as if it were the black plague. Some people cannot concentrate in the morning, whereas others wits are sharpened by the early rays of dawn. Other factors, too, contribute to the appeal, or repulsiveness, of these early classes. There are the teachers, the classmates, the subjects itself… in the end, morning classes become what the student makes of them.

The same can be said about night classes as it will always be about preference. While those who are nocturnal will thrive in this system, humans naturally turn off a certain portion of their brain at night. And that portion is usually responsible for doing any amount of strenuous work.

Sadly for those who find themselves with a classes wherein one starts at 8 am and the other ends at 9 pm, there are very little pros for you. Our only suggestion is you pack one hell of a lunch.

Stephanie Pagdanganan

By Stephanie Pagdanganan

Jose Felipe Montinola

By Jose Felipe Montinola

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