Cheer team suffers early-bird practices

By Rachel Myers

The cheer team, along with other athletic teams, has been asked to practice at unreasonable hours of the day due to the lack of available gym hours.

While we await the construction of the new gym in the next two decades, our teams are hav­ing to fight over this limited space.

Because of this, members of all ath­letic teams are faced with difficulties throughout the day.

I wake up at 4:35 a.m. every week­day except Thursday mornings. I wake up before the sun rises and I am usu­ally half asleep while we are stretch­ing. I look forward to Thursday morn­ings because I can finally sleep in until 7 a.m., which honestly is a sad life for a college student who should be getting plenty of precious sleep.

One Friday morning I got awoken by people coming back from Doc How­ard’s nightclub. I looked at my phone to see that I had to wake up for prac­tice in 40 minutes.

I was so angry I couldn’t have a normal college experience and envied those people who could go to bed so late and still probably got more sleep than I did.

Sometimes I wake up two or three times during the night scared I over­slept past my alarm. Most weeknights I usually get four hours of sleep or less because of how early I have practice and how late I am studying for classes.

During class and work I can hardly focus because of how tired I am. I have had to resort to drinking coffee and energizing drinks so I don’t pass out during class or work. And I don’t even like coffee.

Waking up this early has not only affected my schoolwork but it has also affected my social life.

When I do have free time, all I want to do is nap. But then when I nap, I can’t sleep later that night. And it be­comes a vicious cycle of bad sleep hab­its.

The cheer team has been given the short end of the stick for practice times the past few years. My ques­tion is, why can’t we get more practice space sooner?

We need our sleep to perform and to be the best student-athletes we can be.

I love being a member of the cheer team. I enjoy cheering for my fellow Jets but you know what I also love? My sleep.

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