I have a bad habit. That habit is caffeine. Often, I tell myself it’s totally fine if I stay up until 4:00 a.m. working on random projects. I’ll just start the next day with my trusty friend, “Sleep in a Can,” who is otherwise known as a Monster or Rockstar energy drink. I also find myself stopping by Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or our on-campus coffee shop, Fairgrounds, way too often for that extra bit of espresso that keeps me going.

I know it’s unhealthy, and have tried to cut down on many occasions. But quitting cold turkey is essentially impossible, and cutting it out slowly is a long and tedious process. If these two options weren’t difficult enough to deal with, often your efforts are all for naught. Eventually, your lack of sleep and energy will catch up with you, and you will find yourself reaching for a hot cup of java once again. If you have yet to hook yourself on this deceiving devil of a drug, save yourself while you still can. It is most definitely a trap.

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