Constantly feeling tired and drained in your 8 a.m? Can’t stop thinking about your bed while in class? An easy solution might be to change what you’re wearing to class. Studies show that people are more likely to be more productive, focused, and professional, while wearing nicer clothes. We decided to put this to the test.

Our team, along with some of our closest friends, went through our normal weekly class schedule, except we dressed differently than how we normally would to class. Most of us are guilty of bumming it to class regularly, but we decided to change our habits for this social experiment. 

Here’s how it went:

Bea

Sophomore Biology Major:

“I felt more awake during the day and people could see that I was energized on the outside too. I was more productive with school work and was in a happy mood, despite the normal stresses of the day.”

                            

Lauren

Sophomore Communication Studies Major:

“I usually wait to complete assignments the morning of the day that they are due, which leaves me with no time to get ready for class. While participating in this social experiment, I was forced to complete my work the night before. By doing this, I was able to not only get ready in the morning, but also get more things done throughout the day. I’ve noticed that while wearing sweats to class, I feel overly tired and pay less attention in class. While being dressed well for class, I definitely felt more awake and confident.”

             

Mike 

Sophomore Biology Major:

“I noticed that I am a lot more productive when I’m more dressed up. My self-esteem is higher because I stunt on the bi*ches. Nothing is wrong with a subtle flex.”

Nice, Mike.

                      

Overall, we felt that we were more engaged/participated more in class; we felt more confident about ourselves. Also, we noticed that we came off as more approachable to others. Dressing nicer to class had a positive impact on everyone who participated in this simple social experiment. We also noticed that we paid attention more during our classes, which helped us absorb information better for future exams. So, if you are looking for an easy way to put some pep in your step or for a higher GPA to put onto your resume, the first step may be as simple as changing out of your sweatpants and into a pair of jeans. 

 

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