Students all for losing time change

 

A recent bill is pushing for New Mexico to no longer recognize Daylight Savings Time.

 

The bill would make New Mexico exempt from a federal law requiring the time change. Daylight-Savings was a process used to make better use of daylight.

 

Eastern New Mexico students voiced their opinions about how Daylight-Savings Time affects them and whether they are for or against removing the time change.

 

 


 

Mikki Shaw

How does the time change affect you as a student both personally and academically?

As a student, I hate the time change in the fall. When it’s dark earlier, I want to go to sleep earlier or lose the drive to get things done towards the end of the day. This is a huge issue when I’m bogged down with school and work but don’t feel like getting it done. I would much rather feel like staying up to get work done until maybe 10 or 11 (p.m.) and get to sleep in a little without sunlight pouring through early in the mornings. 

 

Do you feel like during the warmer months you find yourself spending more time away from homework to enjoy the warmer weather and longer daylight hours? 

I do not believe I remove myself from my work in the warm months but simply get to enjoy doing my work outside. It’s nice to read in the sunshine, and it makes boring assigned reading more enjoyable. I feel like I get a lot more done when there’s extra daylight. 

 

Are you for or against getting rid of the time change as a piece of legislation is trying to do?

I am 100 percent for doing away with time change. It is an outdated practice that no longer serves a purpose, because as a country, we no longer rely solely on agriculture for income. I also don’t appreciate having to walk out and about in the dark, but don’t want to be stuck at home at barely 5 p.m. We’d be better off without having to worry about time change.

 

 

Analysia Salcido

How does the time change affect you as a student both personally and academically?

I personally have a hard time adjusting my sleep schedule the first day after the time change, but it just takes me a little longer to get up. Beyond that I’ve never really noticed or cared.

 

Do you feel like during the warmer months you find yourself spending more time away from homework to enjoy the warmer weather and longer daylight hours? 

As someone who loves the outdoors, I can say without a doubt I spend more time outdoors and avoiding homework at all possible costs.

 

Are you for or against getting rid of the time change as a piece of legislation is trying to do?

I think it would be good to get rid of the time change. Other states like Arizona have done away with the time changes, and they are not any worse for wear. It would be nice for it to be light for a little longer.

 

 

Annabelle Rangel

How does the time change affect you as a student both personally and academically?
The time change never took a large impact on my life. After falling back an hour during the fall, leaving class at 5 p.m. and walking in the dark to my car was always a bit scary. The days are shorter in the winter, but the time change made it seem a lot later in the day than it actually was. Personally, I loved getting an extra hour of sleep. I would wake up feeling refreshed after sleeping longer than expected. Academically, I don't feel like the time change affected me. I do my homework when I need to, regardless of how much sunlight is shown.
 

Do you feel like during the warmer months you find yourself spending more time away from homework to enjoy the warmer weather and longer daylight hours? 
In warmer months, I suppose I would rather be outside or finding an adventure to go on instead of doing homework. When the weather is nice, I don't want to be stuck in my room. On the other hand, the days do seem longer with more sunlight, so I feel like I had more time to accomplish any activity I needed to complete. 

 

Are you for or against getting rid of the time change as a piece of legislation is trying to do?
I think the main reason for having a Daylight Savings Time was to conserve energy. In today's world, we have technology of using renewable energy sources instead of using non-renewable energy to create light and heat during the colder months. I don't think it is necessary to continue having a Daylight Savings Time, however, we have been used to going through the change for over 100 years. I would like to not leave class or work at 5 p.m., and it be pitch black outside. An hour actually makes a big difference in lighting and temperature change. 

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