BEEEEP BEEEEP! The annoying alarm clock pulsates through my head yet again. It is 7 A.M. on another miserable Monday morning. All I want to do is catapult my alarm across the room, roll over, and fall back into a deep, satisfying slumber. This is a prevalent feeling among many of my peers who agonize about their morning routine as well. School should definitely start at a later hour than it currently does for many different reasons. For instance, teenagers start their day feeling miserable due to lack of sleep. Not only that, but teens are forced into drinking unhealthy caffeine beverages to jolt themselves awake. Finally, students skip breakfast because they are scrambling to be on time for class. These three points illustrate why I strongly feel that school begins too soon.
Do negative feelings initiate a chain reaction? When students start their day feeling lousy from waking up too early for school, it is likely that their entire day is impacted with an overwhelming sense of negativity. For example, I talk to friends and acquaintances quite frequently who seem gloomy and aloof only to hear that they had not gotten enough rest the previous night. Therefore, when teens feel unhappy departing for school each morning, this gives them a negative outlook on school altogether. When students see school in a poor light, they are sure to be less successful due to lack of energy and enthusiasm. Commencing class later would not only give kids more time to catch the z's, but also change the whole perception of 'school' itself.
Many teens now look to caffeine as their drug of choice for aiding them through the brutal early mornings. They simply look no further than E.C. Drury's school cafe to get their fix. On any given morning one would be sure to find many students purchasing their daily coffee. Even I resort to brewing coffee before I leave my house on mornings when I feel especially lethargic. This is a dangerous downfall because caffeine is...
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