However, being in a sport, a club, an activity, or even gym class might affect what you chose to do in the morning. You might think to yourself, “Is it really worth getting up early and curling my hair if I have gym second hour?” Emily Lewis exclaimed, “On P.E. days it takes me about 20 minutes. I usually straighten my hair, which takes about 15 minutes, and put it up in a ponytail. Then I eat a quick breakfast. On non P.E. days, it takes me about 30-45 depending on what I'm going to wear and how I'm going to style my hair.”
Moreover, how you view getting up and ready for school could change everyday. Maybe you have been in a slump for three days and now you decide that you are going to wake up early, curl your hair, throw on some skinny jeans, and put some make-up on! You don’t have to do the same thing every morning. Switch up your morning routine a little bit each day until you find something you like that works for you.
The demanding athletic program that New Haven has is also a factor to consider. The New Haven sports teams and coaches expect a lot out of their athletes. If you have practice right after school, and then come home, do homework, and study for tests every night, you might not want to get up ten minutes earlier to do your make-up, or do anything besides sleep.
For example, Maddie Fleer--varsity volleyball player--stated, “It all really depends on how I am going to look that day. I would say it takes me about 40 minutes to get ready for school. That would be putting clothes on, hair, makeup, and packing my bags. I could push myself, though, and get ready in about 20 minutes if I had to. I don't like being rushed, though!”
As the girls move from freshman to senior year, their efforts and morning routine change just a little bit. Senior Julie Moeckli says, “It depends on the day. If I shower in the morning rather than at night, it takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes. I spend the most time either showering or eating breakfast. I spend the least amount of time making my bed. I noticed that each year it gets harder and harder to wake up. I think that reason is that you sometimes get tired of seeing the same faces every day, and when you know there is homework and a paper you have to write, you tend to favor sleep over homework. It's also hard to wake up as a senior knowing that with each day you wake up, you are one step closer to no longer GETTING to wake up and see the faces you do enjoy seeing everyday. I used to think that I wanted high school to be over, but I am really going to miss it. I've enjoyed it way too much not too. Some days, I wake up early and get to school early just to have a few extra hours in the hallways I will soon recall as a memory.”
When asked the general questions, How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?, What do you spend the most time on?, What do you spend the least time on?, How have your efforts in getting ready changed over your high school years?, senior Mackenzy Vedder answered, “It takes me 15 minutes. I take the most time eating breakfast and the least amount of time on my clothes. My effort in how I look has stayed about the same throughout high school. ”
Senior foreign exchange student Luna Tomasi, from Italy, says, “I wake up at 7 o'clock in the morning, and I leave home at about 7.30 or 7.40, so about thirty or forty minutes. The first 10 minutes I go in the bathroom and wash my face to wake up, then I change and put my make up on, about 10 minutes. At last, I have breakfast with a bowl of cereal. I can tell you about my changing that it's always been the same since I was in the elementary school: I'm always tired to get ready and wake up in the morning, but maybe through the years it can be changed because it's became a custom!”
How much time girls at New Haven High take in the morning varies just a little bit. On average, it take girls thirty minutes to get themselves fully ready for a long day at school.
If you wanted to sleep in a little bit longer, then some of the things mentioned above might be helpful for you. If you are not a morning person, then consider doing your morning tasks the night before. Getting out of bed and getting ready in the morning might be something that you dread doing, or it could be something that you look forward to doing to get ready for the day ahead. The morning is the very beginning of the day! Make your morning worth getting up for.
-by Kathy Jasper