The day starts like this: the 7 a.m. alarm rings, she makes her way downstairs, brews four to five cups of coffee and drinks them all before heading to her 8 a.m. class.
At lunch, she has a couple of glasses of diet Mountain Dew. In the middle of the afternoon, around 3 p.m., she has another canned soda. In preparing for her night classes or study sessions, she usually consumes an energy drink. If she needs a boost after that, in the middle of the night, No-Doz almost certainly always does the trick.
Katelyn Girvin, a Lansing sophomore, said she needs her guilty pleasure of caffeine, to stay on top of her difficult academic schedule. Without being mentally alert at all times, the triple psychology, political science and legal studies major said she could easily lose her way.
“I haven’t really been able to enjoy myself or go out with friends. Thanksgiving break is the first time in months I’ve been able to relax and just watch TV for a few hours,” Girvin said. “It’s always ‘I need to move to next thing, I need more caffeine.