We’ve all been there, and some of us more than others. You’re stumbling home at 3am with a McDonalds, and the last thing on your mind is that 9am lecture, looming in the distance.
Set at least 5 alarms
You’re going to be in an absolute state when you wake up. You know it, your housemates know it, even your lecturer probably knows it. Key point here, is that you should try to wake up. Setting one alarm is not going to work, especially if your favourite feature on your phone is the snooze button. 5 alarms spaced out over an hour seems to be the way to go.
Have a good breakfast
This should be a no brainer. You’ll need energy to get you through what you’re going to think is the worst day of your life. Good luck!
Enough said. Sugar is recommended for an extra kick.
Get organised the night before
The last thing you want to worry about when you’re half drunk and very disorientated at 8am or earlier is trying to put an outfit together. It’s best that you make a ‘tomorrow pile’ which you can just go through quickly the next morning to maximise time for sleep.
Go in last night’s makeup
This saves you so much time which can instead be used for sleep or chugging coffee (see point 3 again as a recap) and you probably passed out after last night anyway so it shouldn’t look too bad when you wake up…
To be honest, just go in last night’s outfit
We’ve all done the walk of shame in some way, shape or form, and if you haven’t, here’s your chance! Shove a jumper on over your outfit and you’ll be good to go. The likelihood is that nobody else is going to care what you look like: It’s 9am and they’re most likely hungover or trying to at least stay awake too.
Make sure you’re not sober
Waking up drunk is a bonus for some! You’re not in the hangover stage yet, so it’s a perfect chance to get out and go to a lecture to take your mind off the unavoidable pain and tiredness you’re going to feel later. Plus, the fresh air will do you some good.
Fake it till you make it
It’s an infamous phrase, and probably for good reason. If you’re unlucky enough to have a 9am seminar in which you’re going to have to contribute to a discussion, either re-evaluate your life choice of going out the night before a seminar or just grit your teeth and try as hard as you can to appear fresh and… well sober.
Hydration is key; no, it really is. Down water before you leave, take a bottle in your bag, stumble blindly to the water fountain in the corridor- dehydration must be avoided at all costs.
Or, don’t go
You’ve heard of scan and scram, might as well embrace it, unless you really cannot figure out how the human body works anymore. In this case, you might as well suffer in bed for the rest of the day, complaining about how you’re never going to drink again at least until you plan on doing it all again the following night. Whether that’s because you get major FOMO or you have zero self-control, who knows?