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My Coffee Addiction

Hours of homework, clubs, and sports consume many Staples students’ lives. When is there time for sleep? Personally my schedule often does not permit even five hours of sleep, let alone the suggested “healthy” amount of seven to nine. But honestly who has time to go to bed at nine? I sure don’t.

So how do I survive?


I drink at least two cups per day. One cup stopped having an affect on me during my freshman year. After drinking two cups of coffee per day everyday since my sophomore year, I have grown accustomed to the acquired taste.   At this point, coffee’s sole purpose is not just keeping me awake. I also enjoy drinking it.

My coffee flavor preference is hazelnut or vanilla. If I am lucky enough to go to Starbucks, I get a venti vanilla latte. But I will drink any kind of coffee that exists as long as I get in my two cups.

In the mornings I get to school at 7 and wait for the cafeteria to open so I can get my precious cup of coffee. Then in between classes I sprint down to the cafeteria again to get my second cup. When I don’t get it, or if you see me in the hallways before the cafeteria opens, steer clear.

There was a time last winter when I got a really bad cold. Everyday I drank cups and cups of tea instead of my coffee; the only problem was that the only flavor of tea I like is caffeine free. I went through a caffeine withdrawal. The first two days I felt sluggish and fell asleep in math class. The when my cold finally went away, two weeks later, I started back up with my coffee. Now I had a very strong reaction to the caffeine after denying myself from having it for so long.

I have not always been a coffee addict, however my entire family drinks coffee so my addiction was somewhat inevitable. My grandparents drink on average 12 cups per day, so I figure my two cups are not very much.

My gene pool has proven itself very strong. And my addiction is evident. But there are side affects to every addiction. Since my habit began people warned that coffee stunted your growth. To which I reply I am very happy at 5’ 5”. There are other health risks involved as well, such as the jumpy shaky feeling I get when I have three coffees in one day, or a venti coffee from Starbucks.

I may be addicted to coffee, but personally I do not see it as a problem. It is my lifeline and without it I can be unbearable, to say the least!

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Deanna Schreiber, Features Editor
Deanna Schreiber ’13, loves being busy. “The busier I am, the more efficient I am”, she said on juggling school, varsity lacrosse, and being an editor on Inklings. She took Introduction to Journalism her first semester of sophomore year and has been hooked ever since by the different type of writing style Inklings has offered. Her first position on the paper was as the Arts and Entertainments editor and although she enjoyed it, she thinks being a Feature editor is more her style due to the different variety of subjects in that section. Schreiber also likes the visual aspect of laying out the feature articles for the paper. Besides her involvement in Inklings, she devotes much of her time to lacrosse and plans on playing it in college. Managing it all doesn’t unnerve her because she enjoys doing both. In her limited free time, she works at a summer sailing camp and baby-sits. Even though her love for lacrosse is strong, her love for Inklings is just as strong. Referencing to the newsroom, Schreiber said: “This is my favorite room in the school.”

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