Volume 96, Issue 99
Friday April 4, 2003

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LAST UPDATED: Thursday, April 03, 2003 - 2:30 p.m.

Two students love doing it all night long

All-nighters can be long, lonely and incredibly stressful.

This we all know, but what exactly happens during these long cramming sessions and how much work really gets done? The Gazette’s Nicole D’Cruz and Ila Seegobin took up the challenge of pulling an all-nighter for both academic and journalistic purposes. The rule: stay up all night. The catch: actually get some studying, research and/or essay writing done. Everything else is fair game; whatever tactics needed to stay awake are allowed. The only other rule: write a log of the night’s events.

Both writers are experienced in pulling all-nighters. One remained on campus wandering the little-known knooks and crannies or the University Community Centre, smelling people and looking to develop new friendships with the Tim Hortons ladies. The other, more socially unstable of the two writers, tried her hand at an all-night experience in her bedroom — alone. Both stories are tragic and only serve to remind us all that procrastination is like masturbation: it may feel good at first, but in the end you’re just screwing yourself.

Ila Seegobin's all-nighter

7 p.m. I go to my boyfriend's house in hopes of getting that "I want to leave the house" feeling out of my system. Mission failed.

8:30 p.m I am back home and the sirens flashing at the sketchy apartment building behind my place indicate that everything is on track. Time to open a "new document" on MS Word.

Nicole D'Cruz's all-nighter

7 p.m. It's time for my mixology class, where we learn to mix drinks, and more importantly, we get to drink them. It's probably not the best way to start an all-nighter, but I can't miss class.

9:15 p.m. I head to D.B. Weldon Library after a quick stop at The Spoke. I have coerced my roommate into joining me with a well-practiced face that inspires sheer pity. He reminds me he won't stay for long. In the hopes of making Weldon feel more like my living room, I remove my shoes. I'm still missing my kettle and candles. Wandering the stacks and looking for books does not feel like real work; so far, so good.


Doctors say sleep or be stupid

Tired, stressed and delirious.

It's that time of year when pulling all-nighters becomes a reality. At some point of our undergraduate experience, we will suffer through at least one night without sleep due to academic responsibilities. Sleep is often sacrificed for the need to cram for an exam or write an essay from scratch, but it isn't necessarily a good idea.


Are students studying right?

Exams are waiting just around the Thames River bend.

For some of us, this means pulling all nighters to cram in that last crucial bit of studying. Although pulling an all nighter may not be the best method of studying, we all know that sometimes, it just has to be done. So this April, if you ever find yourself desperately flipping through your notes at 5 a.m., check out some of these helpful tips to keep your energy levels up and your stress levels down.