I happen to be one of those rare college kids that actually enjoys getting up early. Yep, you heard me right: early. Like, before 9am. Sometimes before 8. I can’t really explain why the wee hours of the morning appeal to me — I think it has something to do with the sound of quiet that one doesn’t often hear in a college dorm. There’s something so peaceful about knowing I have the place to myself while my classmates are still in the unconscious states of snoozing.
I think that to enjoy getting up early as a college student is a gift– I gain 3 hours of uninterrupted time to be productive before receiving texts to meet up for brunch (or for me, lunch) and kill time on the main green. Trust me: taking Orgo I needed those hours of productivity.
But now home, and without the need to be productive, how does one spend those two or three hours while the world — or I suppose to be fair, the world of college kids home on summer vacation — sleeps? This is the question I asked myself before bed last night: what could I do if I had nothing to do? I came up with a few options:
- Beach. Living on long island, I could easily drive to the shore in the morning, and eat my breakfast to the sound of the waves while reading a classic. But unfortunately, the forecast said rain. And not just rain for that morning, but for the rest of the week.
- Go for a run. The neighborhood is beautiful, the season summer — why not? Well the whole rain thing did kinda pose an issue…
- Practice my italian. As I will be studying abroad in Italy starting July 30th, I figured that perhaps brushing up on my Italian every morning would be a productive use of the uninterrupted time the am hours present. But then I got to thinking about how lame I would feel waking up every morning on my summer vacation to study — better to leave that study time to an hour in the afternoon.
- Bake. Ahh, yes. Besides waking up early, I love to cook. Specialty: cookies. But to bake cookies in the morning seemed a great opportunity to set myself up to eat cookies for breakfast — slightly problematic. So, I decided that perhaps I would try to bake something new. Like, muffins… or bread…
So yes, the first morning of my summer vacation I spent making muffins. Apple-cinnamon to be exact. Here’s the recipe, if you’re interested. I garnished them with cinnamon, and substituted an equal amount of cinnamon applesauce for butter: they came out moist and delicious.
I was inspired by the aroma of cinnamon filling the kitchen that, to me, indicated I had made use of the morning. So, I wrote a list of things I wanted to do in the time before I left for Italy:
- Read. Read classics, read beach books, read, read, read.
- Start working through my movie bucketlist.
- Work out 4 days a week
- Practice Italian once a day
- Get up to date with the world
- Decide my Concentration
With a list of things to do to occupy my morning hours, I look forward to what — I hope — will be a productive month…