Dressin’ to the 8:05s


Ella Schiller, 12, has her own particular dress routine prior to the school day (photo by C. Holmes).

While every student and teacher must be at the school by 8:05 a.m., each individual has different ways of getting ready in the morning. Sometimes that means waking up super early or ten minutes before the bell. Holden Lough, 11, has a morning routine that he likes to follow everyday. 

“I’m very routine oriented; I know what I’m doing every morning, so it doesn’t stress me out. I have certain checkpoints to hit on timewise, like [making] sure I have my breakfast ready at 7:30. That way I can get ready and out in my truck. I would say even if I were to sleep in ten minutes, it throws my routine off a little bit,” Lough said. 

While Lough’s day is shaken, if Ella Schiller, 12, isn’t completely ready, she feels unprepared and would rather be late than not complete her routine. 

“[Waking up late] makes me feel upset. Usually I’m just late for school and I just do my routine. I don’t like going anywhere when I haven’t done my full routine because then I just don’t feel as confident,” Schiller said. 

It takes Schiller about an hour to get ready, and she feels that if she looks her best, she will be more successful. 

“I like to feel more confident everyday, and I feel like you will present yourself more confidently if you feel better about yourself. Just knowing that you don’t feel like you just rolled out of bed, you’ll have more confidence in yourself and be ready to go about your day. I feel like from school I can go do anything. I feel like if I was wearing sweatpants or wearing casual [apparel] everyday, I’d have to go home and change,” Schiller said. 

Unlike Schiller, Lough believes that dressing casual and comfortable allows him to have a calmer day. 

“I usually wear shorts and a cut off and throw a hoodie over that. [Dressing comfortably] makes me more relaxed, so I don’t have to worry about a lot. I have this thing, I’ve never enjoyed wearing jeans, they just aren’t that comfortable. I honestly wear almost the same thing every week. I would rather be comfortable than actually look great,” Lough said. 

Although Lough prefers comfort, Thomas Sherron, English teacher,  has a different opinion about dressing comfortably. 

“I wish people took more pride in their appearance. I understand they’re kids. It must be easy to be a highschool boy, because what’s the big dilemma in the morning? ‘Which pair of athletic shorts and which hoodie am I wearing today?’ I think it’s nice when kids in the younger generation actually dress up a little bit,” Sherron said. 

Sherron feels that dressing nicer will improve students’ concentration.  

“A sense of dress, and a sense of style is an identity. Everybody has a little more confidence and focus when they are dressed nice and sharp,” Sherron said.