After almost six semesters at Illinois, I have finally settled on my opinion in the debate of morning classes versus afternoon classes. Although it’s always nice to use mornings for extra sleep or to catch up on homework, I must admit that I prefer morning classes over afternoon classes. There is nothing quite like the feeling of getting up and starting the day with knowledge. Keep in mind, I am not advocating for 8:00 a.m. classes, but a safe 10:00 a.m. class is always nice. It is especially nice if you can schedule your classes back to back in the morning so that you have the rest of the day to accomplish other things.
Although I am fond of morning classes, I realize that this will not be the case for everyone. Some people have different sleep habits. Some learn best in the afternoon, and others will have certain classes that are no even available in the afternoon. I respect fans of afternoon classes because I see the advantages in those, too. I just support the opinion that morning classes allow students to feel engaged in a day’s activities early and will therefore get more accomplished throughout the day.
When you start scheduling your first semester of classes, you’ll get the opportunity to see what works best for you. Every semester from then on, you’ll have the opportunity to change it up and do something different if you feel like it. The important thing is to find a schedule that gives the greatest possibility for success in everything you are involved with. Don’t be afraid to think back to your high school days and draw on those experiences to decide which part of your day will be best for learning. Most importantly, no matter which part of the day you are taking your classes, soak up as much knowledge as you can and give 100% to whatever you are learning.