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My Morning: University of Illinois Students

rise and shine UIUC!

"My morning routine is pretty simple. I normally sleep about an hour before my classes start, I get up and I eat breakfast. This always includes Kefir yoghurt which has really become a staple in my diet. If you have stomach issues a lot, I would highly recommend it! Other than that I change, wash my face, brush my hair & teeth and I'm out the door! I like to not stick to the same thing because it gets old after a while. Throughout high school, I would get up early for volleyball trainings so I'm hoping to be more proactive this year on going to the gym before class."

Zana, Senior, Psych & Geography

"I try to drink a lot of water when I wake up. I’m really bad about drinking as much as I should, but recently I’ve been making a big effort, and right when I wake up seems to be the most effective. It’s also a lot of me spending too much time on trying to figure out an outfit."

Sara, Senior, History and Secondary Education


​"My morning routine consists of a shower, then I brush my teeth and shave, if needed, followed by a quick styling of my hair. Then I'll usually pack my lunch for the day and have some breakfast. I try not to skip anything, because I usually schedule enough time to get everything done, but I'll cut out a shower or breakfast if I really need to. I would say this is a pretty regular schedule for me but it's always open to change depending on what I need to accomplish each day. I follow my routine because I'd feel gross without showering and practicing proper hygiene."

Tommy, Senior, Financial Planning


​"Wake up last minute as always, hurry to get dressed, brush teeth and grab my things for class. I am not a morning person so my routine has to be as quick as possible."

Cole, Sophomore, Political Science


"I wake up and I put on my contacts and brush my teeth. I don't really do anything special in the morning. I can do/not do things and be ok with either option."

Stanley, Junior, Civil Engineering

"On a good morning (when I don't sleep in), I like to force myself to be a morning person and do a 6:00am run or gym session. I have trouble finding time later in my day for either of these things, and it's a great way to start the day on the right foot. After a shower, I usually make a smoothie, which if you cut & freeze the fruit ahead of time, takes two minutes tops! Finally, if I have time before class or work, I like to read my two morning newsletters: Morning Brew & theSkimm.


On less than ideal days, I get dressed, run out the door, and get to class on time. As much as I try to keep my routine the same, everyday is different and the most important thing for me is that I'm feeling prepared for the day before I leave."

Tara, First semester graduate student,

Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations (MHRIR)


​"Depending on when I start class, I wake up between 9:00-10:00. Take a few minutes to get out of bed and start my routine. Brush my teeth, get dressed, put contacts in are always the first three things I do. Next is to check my bag to make sure I have everything I need for the classes I have that day, and then my day gets started."

Austin, Sophomore, Economics


​"I make my breakfast and then my lunch, then I get ready and get my bag together for the day and then I sit down and eat my breakfast before I leave. For the most part, it's the same every day, but it might vary depending on if I'm running late or not. I always still try to eat my breakfast and drink a lot of water first thing in the morning because if I don't, then I feel kind of sluggish throughout the day and I almost always end up dehydrated."

Puja, Senior, Advertising

"I usually get up around two hours before class or work. After I get up, I plan my outfit, make a cup of coffee, and cook breakfast. This process usually takes a while because I'm definitely not a morning person! Before I go to bed, I style my hair so I don't have to worry about that in the morning. I also don't wear makeup because of allergies and personal preference, so I don't have to worry about that either! My morning routine usually remains the same every day unless if I wake up late. I do what I do because it's simple and has worked for me many years!"

Lilyia, Senior, Social Work