All-nighters, reading from a computer screen bad for student health—and GPAs


“If I had to guess, I stay up all night once every two weeks,” said junior history and government and politics major Kevin LaCherra. “Maybe it’s even more than that around finals.”

LaCherra admitted his 18-credit semester was part of the reason his work built up, leaving him with eight hours to research and write his 10-page government final paper. Rather than stressed, he seemed calm about the night ahead of him.

“I’m not even tired yet,” he said. “I’ll probably drink some soda later, but that’s about it.”

Some students, on the other hand, turn to illegally obtained attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication in order to make it through the night while being as productive as possible.

“I feel like it’s not really fair,” said Pozoulakis. “I only know a few people who use it, but it’s probably more common than I think.

According to a University of Pennsylvania study, one in four college students have used Adderall as a study drug despite the possibility of legal consequences. In Maryland, possession of Adderall without a prescription can lead to a $25,000 fine and up to four years in jail.

With only half of his paper written, Pozoulakis decided to call it a night. As he loads his backpack with his laptop charger and multiple college-ruled notebooks, he sighs.

“It’s a bizarre experience going to sleep when the sky starts getting light again,” he said. “You know, the sun comes up surprisingly fast.”

eCampus News Staff