Amphetamines, nicotine, Cocaine, Ecstasy, coffee, Adderall, and even Coca-Cola have something in common.

Stir it up, chug it, shake it up– all of these things are stimulants, but do they really help you study?

As finals are right around the corner, the question arises, how can I do it all? The answer is energy. Energy sounds like a simple fix, but having your mind feel like a recharged battery may take some tricks.

The best way of studying may not be cramming, but most college students have found themselves in that predicament. Especially in a city like New Orleans, that has so much to offer– student’s end up thinking too much work, not enough time.

Not enough time with 1440 minutes in a day? First, consider eliminating any time wasters: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram often lengthen the amount of time a person spends studying. Maybe instead of three cups of coffee, try clicking out of the many websites competing with your textbook.

The real myth behind stimulants is that the effects are positive. According to a rehabilitation website, “Stimulants are mind-altering chemicals and if used in high doses can cause hot and cold flashes, hostility, respiratory problems, hallucinations, psychosis and panic attacks.” These consequences include a scientific viewpoint behind the negative effects of stimulants. A person may feel detached and energetic for a period of time, but the human body will balance itself out. In other words, you will crash.

Also, addiction can result from the abuse or mistreatment of these drugs. The consequences are real and oftentimes scary.

The purpose of studying for midterms or any exam should be to gain knowledge, retain facts, and various other things; however, it should not be done at your body’s expense.

As a person seeks purpose, a Jesuit value, the Call to Excellence, is important to reflect on. This Jesuit ideal describes the development of gifts and a call to academic excellence as well. In other words, getting an “A” is never more important than sacrificing your values.

The question still remains; do stimulants really help you study? If the answer is yes, ask yourself, is it worth it?




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