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I hate getting up early. I am not a morning person. I am not one to sleep until 1:00 in the 
afternoon either, but I cringe anytime I have to set my alarm for earlier than 8:00am. Now that 
winter is quickly approaching, getting up early means getting up before the sun. How depressing and miserable is it to wake up when it is still dark out? People who enjoy waking up at the crack of 
dawn genuinely confuse me. It is not for me - I am definitely one with the sun. It takes a lot for 
me to wake up super early, which means that I have never really seen the sun rise.

In high school when school would start at 7:30am, I often did see the sun rise. But, I did not 
appreciate it. I did not wake up early solely for the purpose of watching the sun rise, and I 
resented it because I hated waking up so early for school. Here at DePaul, I have a couple of
friends whose favorite activity is getting up early to walk to the lake to watch the sunrise. They 
definitely do not do it all the time, but once or twice a quarter I hear of their plans to go watch 
the sunrise and subsequently grimace at the thought of waking up at 6:00am. This past weekend, though, my friend got a big group of our friends to drive to the Adler Planetarium to watch the sunrise over the city. 

It was a low-key struggle to get up that morning, but it was so worth it. If you have never been to 
Adler, I highly recommend going at any time of day. The view of the city skyline and the lake is 
so beautiful! Watching the sun rise over the city reinforced my love for Chicago and my 
appreciation for living here. How blessed am I to be able to go to college in a city as amazing as 
Chicago? It is one of the best cities in the world.
 
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