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Wake Up Gauchos: 4 Ways to Prepare for Early Morning Classes

Falling asleep in your morning UCSB classes? Instead of yawning your way through class, follow these tips to prep for your next 8 a.m. section.

When your alarm clock rings, the last thing you may want to do is head to your early morning lecture at UCSB. You hit snooze and fall back to sleep. Or perhaps you make it to class only to doze as you try to take notes. If this sounds like your typical weekday morning, here are 4 ways to help you rise and shine for your classes.

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1. Grab breakfast (and a cup of joe!) at the dining halls

There’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day. UCSB’s dining halls are open early and offer quick yet delicious breakfast options and coffee.


Breakfast hours: Monday–Friday 7:15 a.m.–10 a.m.; menu


Breakfast hours: Monday–Friday 7:15 a.m.–10 a.m.; menu

2. Stop by a cafe in Isla Vista

Sometimes taking the extra effort to get out for an early meal can help wake you up. IV is known for its trendy, cozy coffee shops, like CAJÉ and Spudnuts.


This hip cafe on Embarcadero del Norte serves up smoothies, bagels, and coffee. Their cold brew or Yerba Mate Latte are sure to jolt you awake.

(Monday–Thursday 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday–Sunday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Spudnuts Donuts

Craving a delicious doughnut, boba, or croissant? Of course you are. Spudnuts is your place if you want to munch on a glazed doughnut while you study before class.

(Monday–Wednesday 7:30 a.m.–12 a.m., Thursday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–12 a.m.)

3. Take an early exercise class

Help yourself wake up with a Recreation Center class before you go to lecture and conquer the day. There are courses like Pilates, cardio, synchronized swimming, and weight training that will leave you awake, ready, and slightly sweaty.

The Rec Cen also offers group fitness classes every weekday morning. With the quarterly registration fee, students can attend as many classes as they like throughout the quarter. Check out the Group Fitness classes.

4. Get outdoors before class

Natural sunlight is sure to wake you, not to mention deliver a dose of vitamin D. And exercising outdoors in IV or around campus can get your blood pumping. Go for a run or brisk walk near Manzanita Village or along Del Playa Drive. Or for a more relaxed activity, do yoga at Pelican Park on Del Playa. There’s a spacious grassy area, and it’s close to campus.

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