College Kids and their Caffeine

As a college student with a part-time job, five classes, a sorority to recruit for, and numerous other extracurricular activities, I’m not a stranger to the Starbucks on Garner Street as I trudge slowly to my 10am. In fact, my job is IN a coffee shop. While I heavily rely on a hot cup o’ joe to get me through my lectures, I tend to see even more caffeine junkies when I work as a barista. I usually have to ask my customers to repeat their order back to me, as they slowly mumble their order the first time. This leads me to the question: How much coffee/caffeine is too much? And why do some people need it more than others?

According to this statistic, of people college-age and above, over half of them drink coffee every day. That means around 500 people in your 100 Thomas lecture have already guzzled down a latte or are planning to after class. While coffee has many forms, flavors, and ways of preparation, most all include some type of caffeine, the ingredient in coffee that gives you a buzz.


As the caffeine in your coffee slowly opens your eyes and transforms you from zombie to human, one has to wonder, what actually happens in your body?

In a nutshell, the caffeine obstructs the way of other chemicals. Caffeine is similarly built like the chemical that causes you to be sleepy. So the as caffeine makes its way through your body, it deceives your nerve cells and takes the place of the chemical that usually binds there.

In recent news, there is a new super mo-jo that is claiming to keep consumers lively for a staggering 18 hours. Around 5 grams of caffeine can be found in the coffee, compared to a measly 95mg. So if you ever take your first few sips of latte in the morning and feel a slight buzz that pulls you through your entire day, you may not require the extreme alertness that comes along with the new super coffee. Instead, stick to your cup or two in the morning and lunchtime to stay perfectly aware throughout your lectures and labs. However, if the walk to class feels like it just won’t end and when you finally get to class your eyes won’t stay open, it may be worth a shot to try out a stronger coffee with lots of caffeine.


I feel that coffee drinking is more of a habit and develops with the situation than an actual need among college students. Personally, before living with me, my roommate stuck to lemon water in the morning. Now, almost immediately after I brew a pot in the morning, she’s pouring it in her to-go cup along with half-and-half and a dash of sugar. Also, coffee shops are the epitome of a study space, creating a calming and productive environment, meaning a perfect place to grab a latte with your study group and finish projects, rather than waiting in line for your absolutely-necessary morning cup.

3 thoughts on “College Kids and their Caffeine

  1. Brendan Mironov


    I really enjoyed your post about how caffeine affects college students. Unlike yourself and Annalise, I have never been a coffee lover. In fact, I actually cannot stand the taste of coffee. It is far too strong and bitter for my taste. Maybe I just had a few bad experiences when trying it earlier in my life and perhaps I ordered the wrong thing. With that said, I find myself consuming an enormous amount of caffeine on a daily basis despite the fact that I do not drink coffee. I am a huge tea lover on the other hand, and it is not uncommon for me to have upwards of 6 cups of tea (hot and iced) a day. Because of your post, I decided to check up on the nutritional info of my favorite iced tea. Surprisingly, one bottle of Honest Tea contains 94mg of caffeine! Do you think the statistics would be a little different if we include soda, energy, and tea drinkers?

  2. Madison Taylor

    I wrote one of my blog posts about the connection between caffeine consumption and genetics, so your coffee post was definitely of interest to me! I like that you included your work experience in the post by using your own examples to relate to the facts about coffee. The CNN article about the coffee that can keep you up for 18 hours kind of scared me, it just seems a little bit too intense for me. However, I’m sure that there are plenty of people who would willingly try the new long-lasting coffee. Here is a video that shows the effects that coffee has on the brain.

  3. Annalise Marie Pilitowski

    I am right with you! I need a cup of coffee everyday to function or else I would be falling asleep on the walk to class every morning. I get coffee at Starbucks in the hub so often that one of the employees, Suzy, remembers me every time I get something and knows me by name and knows what I order. I have gradually been changing what I get in my coffee by making better health choices. For example, switching from whole milk, to skim milk, and now to almond milk. Here are 11 benefits of almond milk.

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