In Rebecca Black’s notorious song “Friday”, Black sings in a monotonic voice that at 7 a.m. she wakes up. She must freshen up and then go downstairs to have a bowl of cereal. After rushing around while time passes quickly, she gets to the bus stop. There, she sees her friends and must then make the hard decision of which seat she can take in the car.
Black’s song describes her morning routine in severe detail. Everything, it seems, is down to a science. In order to make it to school on time, everything must be performed to a certain degree of efficiency, just as is the case in scientific experiments.
Black isn’t the only one who has boiled down her mornings to a science. Several Northeastern high schoolers have done just the same.
Laney Seifert, freshman:
“I get up at 5:30 every morning. Well, that’s when my alarm goes off. I sleep for 15 more minutes and then I actually get up. I shower for about 30 minutes; it takes me so long because I normally get on my phone and goof off. Then, I brush my teeth and go downstairs to eat breakfast. This entire time, my hair is in a towel. When I go back upstairs, I do my makeup. Then, I take my hair out of the towel and do my hair. After that, I get dressed. That takes about 30 minutes. After all that, I’m ready.”
Martha Carroll, senior:
“I set my alarm for six in the morning, but after I wake up, I normally just sit on my bed for five minutes to prepare myself and get my mind together. After that, I go to the bathroom and brush my teeth. Then, I put on makeup and get dressed. I then get something to eat before school and make sure my bags are ready.”
Hailey Reifsnyder, freshman:
“Whenever my alarm goes off, I always set fifteen more minutes before I actually get up. I normally put on a sweatshirt in the mornings too or else I get cold. I then go to the bathroom and brush my teeth and hair. Then, I put on mascara. After that, I grab my field hockey bag and bookbag. I usually also get a waffle to eat on the way to the bus.”
Unfortunately, the science of morning routines is not often credited as real science to the school administration. It can’t help you to exempt from taking a yearly science class and it can’t help with gaining some extra credit for any of your science classes. However, it can help you get to school on time where you can blow up a few chemicals in chemistry or dissect some frogs in biology and that seems like a pretty cool trade-off.