7 Things to Do When You Stay Up until 3 am


Caitlin Maughan, Opinion Editor

1.Read Oscar Wilde 

The dead of night is the perfect opportunity for profound contemplation. Oscar Wilde is an author known famously for his deeply intense thoughts and ideas. In the witching hours, we are simultaneously half asleep and more reflective than any other time; this is the perfect condition to read quotes such as, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” 

2. Thoroughly research topics that interest you

Throughout the day, we are swamped with piles of schoolwork for subjects that we hate. On top of that, other responsibilities, such as jobs, monopolize our time. The silence of 3 am is the perfect chance to explore subjects that actually fascinate you. So delve into the Wikipedia pages of the French revolution, learn about Victorian architecture, obsess over unsolved murders, or read the works of female authors whose writing was never allowed to see the light of day. 

3. Learn a dead language 

Because: why not? Better yet, learn a dead romance language. You can use this skill to impress your friends or further your mysterious, enigmatic nature.

4. Text your friends  

You can play a lighthearted game or discuss the meaning of life. Whatever you decide, it will be a good time and lead to some interesting, sleep-deprived conversations that you can laugh about the next morning. 

5. Listen to sad music

After all of that self-reflection, some solemn music will fit the mood. Here are some ideas: “First Love/Late Spring” by Mitski, “Paper Thin Hotel” by Matt Maltese and “Snow” by Ricky Montgomery. 

6. Listen to heavy metal music 

This is a stark contrast to my previous suggestion, however, equally as effective. With its powerful messages about society and liveliness, it’s worth a try at least. Here are some recommendations courtesy of chemistry teacher Mr. Matthew Krip: “Freedom” by Rage Against the Machine and “Prison Song” by System of a Down. 

7. Eat cereal

There is no actual justification for this but it seems to be the universal understanding that cereal tastes best in the middle of the night. So grab some Lucky Charms or Cheerios and dig in.