Last August, Tyler Kingkade wrote an article on the Huffington Post about being a restless college student. While it is bad enough teens, especially college students, can’t have a social life. we also lack sleep, more than you would think.
Looking at my own life, between classes Monday-Thursday, on top of my part-time job, I’m lucky to get the allotted time of 8 hours of sleep a night. It honestly is hard. There’s no way I could possibly get enough sleep every night when I have school, then work, then even homework & studying to do. Not to mention, I barely have a social life either.
A professor in University of Alabama’s department of health science, Dr. Adam Knowlden, explained, “A common formula is students should set aside 6 to 9 hours of study time per week, for each 3 credit hour class they take,” (Kingkade). And to be honest, that’s a lot of time. Let’s look at this. If one college student, has let’s say 5 classes, all one hour and fifteen minutes, that’s 7.5 hours a week. Adding the study time per class, that’s an extra 30-45 hours a week. Alone, that’s 37.5-52.5 hours a week. Now, let’s say you have a job, 5 days a week, and you work approximately 6 hours a night. That’s another 30. So, adding that to the week, you average about 67.5-82.5 hours of school and work. Adding 8 hours to sleep a night, that’s 56 hours. When adding all these hours together, that’s 123.5-138.5 hours. There are only 168 hours in a week. Sure, this allows about 30 hours a week to have a social life, but that’s only about 6 hours a day. You also have to think about the time you use to get up in the morning, shower, get to where you need to go. That takes away, depending on the person, probably 2-4 hours, leaving you with only 2-4 hours for a social life. And, let’s be honest, at this point, the normal college student is so drained from everything else going on, you use that time for yourself. Watching TV, relaxing, and possibly even taking a nap between your other obligations. In my opinion, it’s not enough.
I understand that college is there to better educate someone, and to help them achieve a career down the road. But, I don’t understand how all the hours used to put into it, helps. People, of all ages, need a social life..Friends, family, etc in order to “be sane”. It’s a part of human nature. And without it, well, we can get stressed about just about everything else because there’s nothing to block it out, for even a few hours.
Now, why am I talking about this? Well, my parents are part of the reason. In today’s society, parents have no idea what it’s like to be a teenager, let alone a young college student. They have no clue how hard our lives can actually be, yet when we come home to rant or vent, they act like it’s nothing. But, our eyes it is. Parents need to realize that life is more complicated today than it was for them. Jobs are harder to find, harder to get. School is more draining. College isn’t all parties and having fun. Life in general is a lot of hard work, and I honestly wish parents, especially my own, could see where we’re coming from.