The University experience is about learning new things, embracing new concepts, experiencing new ways of life. And most of all, it is about discovering a driving interest and pursuing it with passion.And if that doesn't sound pedantic enough, here's the take home message - go to sleep.
OK, I know there are just never enough hours in the day, what with courses, and parties, and volunteering, and campus organizations, and partying, and lab work, and partying.
I am also really well aware of how cool it is to wear that badge of honor, to go through that right of passage - sleep deprivation. It is just so braggable - how you stayed up til 4 a.m. working on that report or studying for that test, along with all of your friends in the IB Honors rooms.
But oddly enough, no matter how manly, or womanly, or adultly an overwhelming sleep debt seems in concept, almost no one is physiologically capable of functioning on four hours of sleep a night. Even, or especially, biology students ought to be able to grasp this. For some perfectly good reason, all studies of functioning with sleep dep show the same thing - it degrades all capacities, reduces all performance. It costs grade points and, frankly, is completely capable of keeping you out of med and grad school, or seriously degrading your choices of schools.
So this is a plea, if you have a passion, if you have a goal, go for it full bore. But don't do it by building a brick wall that you have to drive through to reach it. Forget how cool it seemed to be sleep deprived. Go to bed.
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