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Morning People: the underground Tulane subculture

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Morning People: the underground Tulane subculture

Despite popularity of sleep, morning people do in fact exist at Tulane.

Mary Tyler Storms


8:00 a.m., every Tulanian’s most dreaded hour. The entire campus sleeps, except for the few unfortunate souls who painfully crawl their way to class.

Or do they?

Only one thing could be worse than waking up at 7:00 a.m. on purpose: Liking it.

Some people actually enjoy waking up with the sun. Strange enough, the “Morning Person” does in fact exist at Tulane. I know because I am one of them.

And I am not alone. Samantha Hillburn, a sophomore, enjoys watching beautiful sunrises behind the New Orleans skyline from her window. She and I agree that the morning is the best time to do laundry; there is no one to hog the machines.

"I just do better as a person." -Joey Gore, at 7:30 a.m.

When it comes to what many Tulanians miss out on, most agree that Ms. Sharlene’s delicious omelettes are reason enough to beat the breakfast crowd at Bruff. One fan of Ms. Sharlene’s omelettes, Joey Gore, said that in the mornings, "I just do better as a person.” The same goes for Samantha Hillburn, whose “productivity peaks in the morning; in the afternoon [she] gets less done.” We each have our own routine, and, for Morning People, the morning is the ideal time to be productive.

A Tulane morning makes me feel as though the entire campus is mine. The newness of the day, the breakfast food, the coffee, and the quiet (especially the quiet) all make me feel content in a way that afternoons fail to achieve.

All that to say, I understand the rest of you. You might not be capable of getting out of bed before 10:00 a.m and that’s cool. Ren Allen, who writes for the politics section of The Rival Tulane, has commented that she doesn't usually feel great before her 8:00 a.m. class.

"I feel physically nauseous" -Ren Allen, at 7:50 a.m.

If any of the escapades of a Tulanian morning person sound appealing, I highly recommend Morning-Person-Hood, but don’t take this piece as a conversion tactic. We, the Morning People, depend on the vast majority of you to stay asleep while we live our beautiful lives. Your sleep keeps the lines short and the campus quiet, and we appreciate that. Just know that despite Tulane’s rampant late night party culture, we exist. We’re in your classes, we live in your dorms, you see us every day hiding in plain sight. Just don’t forget that the morning is ours.

Photos provided by Abby Bean @Abby_thebean