All nighters have a high price

DKS Editors

If you’re one of those students who do marathon paper writing sessions, then you’re in luck.

University Libraries will remain open 24 hours a day during the week, and students could have the whole place to themselves. The idea has many advantages.

Although campus is generally a safe place, it’s never a good idea to be walking around alone at the wee hours of the night. Students have even been robbed when they’re with friends. Forcing everyone to leave at 2 a.m. is a crazy idea.

But all nighters also have their disadvantage. Students have the entire semester to work on projects and frequently wait until the last minute. It’s just the college experience that everyone should encounter a few times in their lives.

The problem comes when students lose sleep to cram before a test. Don’t get us wrong, there isn’t a person among us who doesn’t appreciate the pressure of rushing to get a paper in on time, but when a student starts their paper the night before in hopes of getting it done before that 8 a.m. class, that’s a waste of tuition money.

College is the last time in life where somewhat successful people can slack to an extent. Getting in the habit of waiting to do your work at the last minute is not a good practice to get used to.

What’s going to happen on the first day of your ‘real’ job? You’ll certainly be expected to use all of your time wisely and accomplish more than one project at a time.

It’s true that most of us have pulled an all-nighter at one point or another in our college career. It’s probably not something you’d want to do constantly, though.

So please remember this upcoming exam week that while all-nighters are sometimes required, it’s not a good habit to get into. Start your work now.

Remember what Thomas Jefferson said, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.