Good grades, a social life and sleep.
This infamous triangle has become a reality to many college students. Some students argue that it is impossible to have all three, while others swear it's true.
Cody Bancroft, freshman in architecture, said he doesn't feel that there is a way for him to get a full night's sleep, get all his work done and still have time for friends. Bancroft said that he loves to be with his friends, but he is rarely able to find the time to do so.
"If I do hang out with friends ... it makes for an even longer day," Bancroft said.
He is not alone. Christina Lulich, sophomore in architecture, said there is no way she could get eight hours of sleep, have time for friends and family, and get good grades.
"It's just not possible to devote enough time to each," Lulich said. "It's possible to get eight hours of sleep and still do all of that, but if I were to do that I would probably sacrifice my grades, and the time spent with friends and family wouldn't be quality and I wouldn't be learning much from my schooling."
Often times, students revert to staying up all night, a choice for which consequences vary from student to student.
"During the day, I don't feel many effects," Bancroft said. "It is when the lights go out at night that I see how tired I am."
Hallie King, junior in communication studies, said she feels the effects of an all-nighter for several days, and her recovery depends on a number of factors.
"I probably feel the effects for two days, and how quickly I recover depends on what's going on," King said. "Like how much homework I've had to do, how much work I have to do at my job and how much sleep I've had previous to the all-nighter."
The frequencies of all-nighters vary per students and majors, but the effects could spell trouble later in life. According to a new study by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, 30 percent of working adults who receive less than six hours of sleep per night are four times more likely to suffer a stroke.
Some students believe that they could get a full night of sleep if they managed their time more efficiently. Katherine Cahill, junior in English, said she feels she could get eight hours of sleep most nights if she really wanted to.
"There would be always certain crunch times where I would have to stay up later, but I don't think I would have to pull all-nighters," Cahill said. "I could definitely prioritize more and procrastinate less."
For some, they are completely unnecessary.
"It's all a matter of time management," said Nate Crilly, sophomore in food science and technology.
"In my classes I have to be able to think," he said. "It is of more benefit for me to have a good night's sleep than to spend an extra couple of hours studying."
James Swart, freshman in biosystems engineering, agreed with Crilly.
"I do believe that I would be able to complete all my work, socialize and receive eight hours of sleep while at school, and I believe most other students would be able to as well," he said.
To avoid having to stay up all night to finish homework, Swart uses the free time in his day to increase his productivity.
"I find that using breaks between classes to work on homework or study is very effective," Swart said. "Doing so allows me to accomplish things and cross them off my list of things to do after classes end for the day.
Using effective time management strategies, Swart is able to have all three elements on the triangle mentioned previously.
"Accomplishing those things (during the day) allows for time to socialize instead of working late into the night, and then allows me to go to sleep at a decent time," he said.