Caffeine: My Culture


Lauren Elliot. Photo by Katie Krager.

Opinion by J1 Reporter Lauren Elliot

I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was in high school, and when I did, well, I couldn’t stop. I had become so accustomed to drinking coffee in the morning that I didn’t even realize I was developing what is essentially an addiction.

Not everyone is as fond of it as I am, however. It is definitely an acquired taste that some people simply detest. I know that it sounds cliché, but personally, I can’t go through the day without coffee in the morning. I get a headache, become lethargic, and simply feel miserable. It isn’t new information that school is very stressful and takes up a lot of time, mostly my sleeping time. This makes the need for coffee all the more obvious.

Which brings me to my next point, if I feel at my best after drinking coffee, is it still bad for me? I have to go to school, take tests, and do homework, and if I don’t have time for the essential eight hours of sleep because of this, I definitely don’t have time for the all day long consequences it leads to. The obvious shortcut, and seemingly best solution to the problem, is coffee.

I know health is important, and sugar is bad for me, and blah blah blah, but then why do teachers make it seem as though my priority is their class and their class alone? When I stay up late doing homework for all these classes and wake up in the morning feeling horrible, I need coffee to resuscitate me before going to school and doing it all over again. But then I am told that I am being unhealthy for injecting myself with so much caffeine first thing in the morning just to keep me from dying in my classes. It’s a vicious cycle, and I know I am not the only one stuck in it. Another issue I have on the subject is the number of points being assigned for having coffee in class. I don’t know if teachers think I am just an idiot who can’t hold a cup in my hand and that I will spill it and make a mess, or if they just feel the need to make me feel even more miserable than I already am.

Whether it’s Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Scooters, Marian girls spend a lot on coffee. My total coffee consumption has cost me the equivalence of my junior year tuition at Marian. You can lecture me on how bad that is all you want, but I don’t foresee changing my coffee drinking habits anywhere in the future.

Coffee is so amazing, but I suppose some people don’t agree, and in some circumstances feel the need to judge me for it. I plan on continuing to rot my body with caffeine because it’s simply what I have to do to make it through my day. So thanks life, for putting me in the vicious cycle of school. At least I have coffee to make me feel a little more at ease about it. 

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