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There is no college without coffee and caffeine

February 5, 2015

 

 

FREDEDREIA WILLIS
Staff Reporter

 

Thirty-page research papers, all-nighters and hectic schedules are all included in a typical week for college students, but some have now found their saving grace: coffee.

 

Most students will tell you to deal with their mood swings, study habits and interaction with other students, all they need is some caffeine to get them going.

Sydney Ponthieux, a senior history major, gets a cup of coffee from Java City–Photo Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Sydney Ponthieux, a senior history major, gets a cup of coffee from Java City–Photo Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

 

Sydney Ponthieux, a senior history and secondary education major, said she has been drinking caffeine since she was five years old, and any caffeine is a need for her.

 

“Sodas, coffee, energy drinks; anything with caffeine is a must-have,” she said. “My mom is Cuban, so I literally grew up drinking small amounts of coffee with my milk but it quickly transformed into something I cannot go without.”

 

Ponthieux said she has even taken caffeine pills to allow her to stay awake longer during the night and to give her a boost of energy while studying.

 

“Caffeine also affects my mood to a certain extent,” Ponthieux said. “After a cup of coffee I feel like I am actually functioning and I am naturally a bit shy, but caffeine allows me to talk freely.”

 

She said some downsides of drinking too much caffeine or coffee could cause a person’s brain movement to become too fast paced, or cause hyperactiveness.

 

Mallory Schwarz said  the effects caffeine can have on a person depend on the student’s health and the amount being consumed.

 

“Caffeine can have different effects on a student and their life or none at all,” said Schwarz, a freshman health information management major.

 

She said drinking too much coffee can have negative effects on any student and cause things like insomnia, nervousness and muscle tremors.

 Malory Schwarz, a freshman health information management major, gets a cup of coffee in the cafeteria–Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Malory Schwarz, a freshman health information management major, gets a cup of coffee in the cafeteria–Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

 

“Too much caffeine or too much coffee does not have any effects on me physically or my mood,” Schwarz said. “But I know some students’ academic habits are affected negatively.”

 

Claire Broussard said she drinks coffee at least six times day, if not more, to keep her going from class to class.

 

“If someone is in college it is almost impossible for them to not be a caffeine addict,” said Broussard, a freshman biochemistry major. “It is like the life blood of the professional and college world.”

 

Broussard said one of the positive sides to drinking coffee is she is more alert and can easily handle her schedule.

 

She said there are negatives, however.

 

Caffeine dependency and caffeine crashes are some of the side effects.

 

“I still love and need to have my coffee, which is like mine and any other college student’s energy source,” Broussard said. “Having a Java City and a Starbucks in close range is one of the many great things about being at Tech.”

 

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