STORY BY MARITSSA AGUILAR, STAFF WRITER
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Daylight savings has granted Cypress College students extra sleep, but also increased feelings of danger.
Daylight savings is a practice in which every state in the United States except Arizona and Hawai’i, set the clock back one hour on Nov. 5 until March 10.
This time change has affected students because the sun sets at approximately 5 p.m. leaving students vulnerable on campus in the dark, but also allows them to gain one hour of sleep.
Political science major, Rosie Guzman said, “The night before [the time change] I stayed out really late, so the extra hour of sleep helped out because I had an early shift. As of right now, the whole time change is just weird and trippy.”
Their concern for their safety is due to the sun setting earlier as it can be more dangerous on campus at night.
Mortuary science major, Kat Kunze said, “It really affects me because I take the bus…I feel like it’s a little more dangerous for me, so I’m not really a big fan of it.” Students who have night classes are especially vulnerable to the danger darkness increases on campus.
Kunze said, “I sometimes ask a friend to take me home because it is a little unsafe for someone who’s a girl.”
Students also brought up how the change affects their productivity or time allowed outside. Another brought up that their time outside is now limited because the sun sets so fast.
Nursing major, Jasmine Hernandez said, “For me I feel more productive during the day rather than at night, so whenever I see the sun going down I’m like ‘Ooh time to go home’”.
Based on student opinion, it appears some students don’t mind the time change as it offered them an extra hour of sleep, but a majority say it provides an extra risk of danger and limits productivity time.