By Mariah McGarraugh / Staff writer

The talk of 8 a.m. classes usually brings up the constant debate of whether or not they are liked/enjoyed. Let’s be honest – the few 8 a.m. classes that are left are filled with students who really didn’t have any other choice.

Other than having a later school day and interfering with work, or trying to cram it into your next semester. Getting to school on time means most students have to get up around 7 a.m. which can make a pretty long school day especially, when you have work after.

“I took an 8 a.m. class because I had a full schedule and needed to get my math credit,” said Cassidy Mahoney, Hutchinson freshman. “Getting up in the morning can be tough since most nights I work until about 10. Almost every morning I get up around 7:50 and just barely make it to school on time or I’m late.”

Getting up early doesn’t always have to be a bad thing.

“I can benefit from my 8 a.m. class too,” Mahoney said, “It helped me with time management, planning out my day better and I get more time at home after school.”

Max Carroll, an English instructor at HutchCC, said when asked if he would encourage students to take 8 a.m. classes, “It depends. natural morning people yeah. Very often people are more alert and make faster connections in the morning. I would say if they work at night no, working a night job plus school can be tough.”

There’s a common dislike amongst students when it comes to 8 a.m. classes. Having an 8 a.m. class really comes down to the person. If a student is naturally a morning person, are good at staying organized and can have a constant bed time to be ready in the morning, they could benefit from an earlier class schedule. However, if you’re not a morning person and typically stay up late due to work or just being a night owl, an 8 a.m. class probably isn’t best.

Of course, for those who are stuck in an early class for schedule or credit reasons HutchCC does have a coffee shop for your caffeine needs.

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