I want A’s not Z’s

Most college students have the problem of not getting enough sleep. Sometimes my roommate will come home from studying at 3AM, take a 1-2 hour nap and wake up to continue to work. How she does it is beyond me. I have the exact opposite problem. I have slipped into and off and on coma, where I get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night and usually a 1-2 hour nap during the day. I can’t stop sleeping.

I’m not sure why I keep sleeping because it’s not like I want to be sleeping all the time. I want to get things done. Yet, I find myself wasting my time in a dream world where I am not studying, researching or even cleaning my room. Today I slept for two hours after coming home from work when I had planned to study for an important exam tomorrow. So far, I’ve tried coffee all throughout the day, but for some reason I am able to sleep through the caffeine. I thought exercise might help, so I went to the gym yesterday (which felt AMAZING btw). However, when I got home, I still managed to go to sleep by 1AM.

I truly enjoy feeling well rested and healthy, don’t get me wrong, but I feel that for a college student, it is nearly impossible to have both sleep and the grades I want. I have good grades, but there is always room for improvement, especially if the cause of my not having a perfect 4.0 is because I put myself before my school. This week, my goal is not to take super long naps, but I relapsed today. Hopefully, I can manage to fill my time with writing or exercising, something to motivate me to keep my eyes open.

In today’s world, being a healthy student is highly unrealistic. Even the mental health counselors tell us that. Before school started, I remembered them saying it can sometimes be normal to only get 2-4 hours of sleep per night. I guess I just want to know why I’m not a normal college student. Why can’t I get my body to jump on board with my mind? Does anyone know? Someone please tell me your secret to all-nighters. Tell me how to handle a higher caffeine intake. Teach me how to gain less time to take care of myself and more time to hit the books. Someone help me lessen the prioritization of my health. I want a 4.0. Pain is temporary, GPA is forever.

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2 thoughts on “I want A’s not Z’s

  1. We both know GPA is not forever. It’s an important stepping stone into the first careers that we partake on, but it is NOT the end all be all. Yes, you might be sleeping more than you should, but that doesn’t mean anything is wrong. Your body is telling you to relax, and your body will know what’s best for you before your mind does. I don’t take naps, but I waste just as much time watching netflix and other things, but it’s because it’s my way of relaxing.
    I know you put too much on your plate this semester and maybe your body is trying to tell you that. Listen well and really think about yourself. Work for those grades, but if you need a break, take a break. Don’t let a number rule your life because then is it really your life anymore? Also, think about it. When you move onto your second or third job, do you think employers will care about the GPA that you received in college? They might look at it, but it’s not the determining factor, so take a step back and breathe. Everything will be okay, and if you feel like you’re drowning, you know I’ll be there to keep you afloat.

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