Being in college is amazing and something I looked forward to all through my high school years. I was envious of college students who had the freedom of being out of the house and getting to decide for themselves whether or not to go to class everyday. Once I had my first taste of this, I immediately realized that skipping classes would be a bad decision. The temptation to skip class is real and it will taunt you. Gone are the days of your school and mom hounding you go to class. Most professors don't even require attendance. It's all up to you to now... You'll have to dig down deep at 6 a.m. when it's cold and rainy on a Monday and every bone in your body is begging you to stay in bed.
For me, this was the most difficult part of adjusting to college. I am a night owl and by nature I want to stay up all night, so waking up to go to my classes has always been difficult. Since being in college, I've had to learn that I can't stay up past midnight or I'll be snoozing through my alarms the next day. Setting a time to go to bed has definitely made my morning alarm a little more tolerable. I've also learned that turning on a lamp and standing up right when my alarm goes off is a good way to make sure I don't fall back asleep. I think it's okay to skip a class and take a "personal day" every now and then. After all, we are in college and this is probably the last time you will have the luxury to do that. Just be smart about taking days off class. Student's that regularly attend class do better than those who do not.