Volume 1, Issue 4 (Originally Published 19 March 2012)
Dear Agony Aunts,
In order to cope with the workload while juggling work and internship applications, I have become a caffeine addict. All the coffee is making it hard for me to fall asleep. How do I stop?
Dear Caffeine Addict,
Coffee, as everyone in the building knows, is one of the essential ingredients to surviving law school. Which is why the coffee prices at the nearby cafes could give airport coffee a run for its money. It is, however, a delicate balancing act. You need to keep in mind that after reaching the ideal level of alertness, the excess won't make you any brighter-eyed or bushier-tailed.
Auntie Ethel understands that there are now some new-fangled things called 'Apps' that will keep tract of your optimal caffeine consumption. But if you are not a fan of gizmos, try swapping out coffee for tea in the afternoons, and getting some exercise so you can be tired enough to fall asleep. A nice cup of herbal tea before bed works nicely for Auntie Ethel, especially while reading a particularly dry judgment for your class, where the author seems to have taken great liberty with the punctuation (or rather the lack there of), and ignored minor issues such as using words that don’t actually exist in the English language.
If you get really desperate, go cold turkey for 24 hours, after which a smaller coffee will be just as effective as the vat of coffee you are probably swilling down now. Just ensure you only do this on a day where you can avoid all human contact, for the safety of both yourself, and the public.