Bedtime Homework

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  1. Hammond

    Hammond Member

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    Cadets, when do you typically get to bed? Do you find yourself doing more homework in between classes, after classes, during class? I'd like a bit more insight on how academics and sleep really work together (if even at all) at CGA.
     
  2. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    Well, I was hoping another cadet would answer first and then I could build off of them but I'll give it a shot. :thumb:

    First: I want to preface what I say with every cadet is different and has different habits. Some go to bed before taps (2200), others go to bed much later...others rarely sleep and are caffeine dependent. Sometimes, its necessary other times I would just say its poor time management.

    Personally, with the exception of 4/c year, I never do homework during class. During class, either the instructor is teaching or leading a discussion or we get out early. The only time I ever did homework during class was during a few calculus classes first semester 4/c year.

    Depending on the day, I usually do most of my homework at night after dinner. During the day, I use the free periods I have to get other tasks out of the way. This might include division work, laundry, running errands, working out, etc. Sometimes, I use a free period to relax and catch up on the news, facebook, a tv show, that sort of thing. To me, its not a waste of time if you plan on making up for it later.

    As for sleep, I was pretty bad at getting to bed at a decent time until probably the end of 2/c year/beginning of this year. I actually work really well late at night so I got in the habit of staying up and going to bed at 12/1230/0100 every night which was fine until I started to realize that going to bed that late and then getting up at 0530 is miserable. Now, I do my best to be in bed between 2230 and 2300.

    It also depends on the major. I'm a government major so I have more free periods because I don't have as many (or should I say zero) labs like the engineering or marine science majors do. My best friend here is a Naval Architecture major and she rarely slept more than 4/5 hours last semester. You just learn to adapt I guess.

    Hope this helps a little bit, let me know if you have anymore questions!
     
  3. USCGA13STN

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    I'll just toss this out there: it depends on your major, but mostly it depends on your work habits.

    I think I rarely, if ever did work after 2000 while I was at the Academy (with the exception of 2/c year second semester). I also, rarely, if ever, went to bed before 2330. You find other things to fill your time: helping other classmates with work, division work, goofing off... people forget that last one, but you have to remember that if you're not goofing off and hanging out with your friends, even on school nights.. you're not doing the Academy right.

    Also, side note, when I saw your username the only thing I could think of is one of my classmates who had the last name "Hammond" and my thought was "Hammond wouldn't care how much work he had... he would just blow it off anyway."

    Anyway hope that helps.



    TLDR: Don't worry about it.
     
  4. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    STN'13, How does that late night experience (or lack of it) translate to life underway? Similarities?
     
  5. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    I would like to add to my previous statement by saying that it depends on the day. For example, I got about an hour of sleep last night and would say that I shouldn't have even done that because I think I feel worse than if I had just stayed up. Those all nighters are few and far between though. This is just that part of the semester. :thumb:
     
  6. USCGA13STN

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    My sleep schedule underway varies because I have a rotating watch schedule. Though I do think it's safe to say I get a lot more sleep underway than I did at the Academy... or even when I'm inport!!
     
  7. Hammond

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    Cool. Thanks for all the replies, guys.

    I typically try to be in bed by 2230 or 2300 anyway, but I want to get myself adjusted (at least, with what I can) to Academy life-style.

    I'm thinking of going into the Electric Engineering major, computer track. Any idea how late that will keep me up? ;)

    And '13STN, my last name is Hammond, ahaha. That's funny. :)
     
  8. USCGA13STN

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    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    Sleep while you can.

    *continues evil laugher*
     
  9. Hammond

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    That doesn't sound good.

    Lots and lots of labs?
     
  10. capolo13

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    An EE walked into my room seconds ago. He hasn't slept more than 3 hours in two days. This is normal for him. He buys monster in 24 packs from the exchange. Hopefully this answers your question.

    I wouldn't bother "getting used to it". It'll just happen. Enjoy the sleep you get now because you've never get that much sleep again...
     
  11. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    EEs sleep, just not in Chase Hall. :roll eyes:

    The sleep cycle gets even more interesting on a ship….. stand double 4-8 watch, and when you should be sleeping, go into migrant ops….

    We always had to do a health assessment questionnaire in the fleet, and always came out "at risk" in the area of sleep.
     
  12. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Haha. I'm an EE who was originally a government major, it's been quite the ride.

    For me personally, I feel like I've personally benefitted from going against my natural academic abilities and have learned a lot from EE. And it's not just how the digital world works (although that's super helpful, considering that we're now in the Information Age). Some of the things I've gained are: how to dig deep and be persistent to understand, how to ask for help when you're not sure, how to work as a team. Even though I've struggled academically with it I think all that work ethic and knowledge will help out once I commission and enter the fleet.
     
  13. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Oh and I'm computer track, PM me if you have questions
     
  14. Hammond

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    SamAca, sent you a PM.

    LITS, can we sneak some naps in the library?

    Capolo, like you said -- should I bother "getting used to it?" I'm trying to get myself more acquainted with the Academy life style, so the transition is easier.
    I wonder if the 24 pack of Monster is a good idea for when I'm at the Academy, ahaha.
     
  15. TrumpetTennis

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    Ah yes the classic library nap. It's pretty much ok if you don't get caught by the wrong person. Like if a CDR or CAPT walks by (rarely), nobody says anything.

    I got 8-10 a night in High school, but now I've been getting 7-8 a night; your body adapts to it over time. My personal theory is that it's not totally dependent on your amount of sleep, but sleep habits. I.e. if I usually go to bed at 1100, I will actually feel worse if I go to bed at 8. :thumb:
     
  16. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I never slept in the library, but I also rarely went to the library.

    My FAVORITE place for a quick nap was discovered my 3/c year. I was on the indoor track team, so after classes I would change into my athletic gear and go to 5th deck Roland, and get a few Zzzzz on the pole vaulting mat…. soooooooo nice. Eventually the lights would come on and it was time to wake up.

    I will say this…. sleep is one of those things…. if you're caught just admit it… DO NOT lie. Sleeping at the wrong time is a small Class III conduct offense. I know of more than one person who popped off a quick "I wasn't sleeping" only to get a big Honor Offense instead. Don't do that. Take that tiny Class III.
     
  17. Jayalila

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    Sleep

    I can safely say that the research in the last 10 years on taking short
    meditations for even 5 minutes a day, to quiet the mind and free it from distractions can be useful to building cognition, clarity and calm. It is
    great if one is stressed. Just a thought if 5 minutes anywhere, any time is allowed. The bleachers, the grass, etc.. You can do a walking meditation
    if you don't like to sit.

    One does not have to be religious or be affiliated with any religious
    sect to benefit.
     

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