By Brenna Eller
Early classes aren’t uncommon at Hutchinson Community College. Many students have had, or will possibly attend, an 8 a.m. class at some point if they haven’t already. Some may be dreading it, while others are used to waking up early.
Some colleges have already made it so that classes start later in the morning because the instructors worry about their students not making it to their class and were concerned with the lack of sleep they were getting.
Colleges that disagree with that idea believe early classes help students with time management and prepare them for future careers where they will have to get up early in the morning.
Simon Gadberry, a HutchCC freshman from Little River, described how he felt towards 8 a.m. classes.
“I like the class,” Gadberry said. “It’s a little early, but if you take something easy, that class gets you ready to take on the day.”
It is sometimes assumed that students who would rather have a later class instead of an 8 a.m. tend to slack off a bit more at their first class of the day and pay less attention.
Gadberry agrees to this statement saying, “Yeah they do, you can tell there is always that one person that walks in late and doesn’t put any effort into their work.”
However, there are also students who believe 8 a.m. classes are too early and shouldn’t be allowed due to being involved in sports and other activities on campus.
HutchCC student/athlete, Justin Harris, a sophomore from Louisiana, plays football for the Blue Dragons and admits that it is challenging waking up for his 8 a.m. class.
Harris said that this is his first 8 a.m. in college after transferring from Baylor, so he said that he has a tough time staying awake in the class, even if he enjoys the material being taught.
When describing his feelings toward 8 a.m. classes, Harris said, “Words can’t even explain, they just suck.”
Consequently, Harris doesn’t think he performs as well as he would’ve if the class was later in the day.
“If I had to choose a good time to start class, my ideal time would be 10 a.m.,” Harris said.