We can’t have it all, Kalamazoo College. Every student has or will have to face the decision: sleep or finish the 150 page reading assignment due tomorrow? With extensive homework assignments and quick deadlines, it seems unlikely that a student can get the adequate amount of sleep, which studies show is “eight hours or more.”
Hell, after morning meetings with professors, from afternoon classes, to evening club meetings, sports’ practices, or workout sessions, throw in some dinner and then the homework, our minds barely have a second to breathe, let alone take a “nap” (which researchers say is ‘okay’ if it is a short one).
The vicious cycle of a college student’s life is draining and various articles, published by universities themselves, have recognized it: “Everyday activities such as going to class, working out, or working on a computer can strain your mind and body. Sleep deprivation can affect important aspects of your mind and body such as your mood, energy, ability to learn, memory, good judgment, reaction time and efficiency” (The Importance of Sleep, University of Michigan). If a tired mind is a weak mind, how can we keep up the prestige of Kalamazoo College?
There is an option; we do not have to go out Friday night. Or Saturday. We can stay in and study, and wake up early to study some more. But this isn’t appealing to any college student, including the college itself. Kalamazoo College has recently sent out surveys asking about the level of fun or a social life of its students (or lack there of). It appears the College wants its students to have a good time; we do have days like DOGL and events like Monte Carlos, but why not make free time a daily concept? Surely that will settle any anxieties of the College regarding its students’ free time.
Not trying to sound too radical, but Gandhi believed “where there is love there is life” every day, not just a choice few.
With two presentations, two papers and one project all due on Monday (true story), do we
a) go out on Saturday night and exercise our time as young, adventurous adults, maybe even treat ourselves to a 10:00am alarm clock on Sunday morning…b) pull an all-nighter (do not get sufficient sleep) or c) not enjoy the sense of a weekend? The answer: if only a troubled K student knew.