Students and the Cappuccino Culture

I don’t know about you, but I love all things Cappuccino. Generation Y can’t get enough of the caffeine-filled coffee dates, coffee runs, and coffee flavored baked goods. So is it any wonder that some schools are having their classrooms aesthetically simulate the look and feel of a coffee shop? Giving new meaning to “indie,” the Cappucino culture is overtaking some schools nationally.

Schools are implementing a "cappuccino culture" into student's lives. (photo by anthony_p_c)

Schools are implementing a “cappuccino culture” into student’s lives. (photo by anthony_p_c)

The idea behind schools simulating coffee shops is to help students learn where they are accustomed to learn – the internet, technology, and a modern classroom to fit their technological needs. In the UK, according to independent, exploiting what is addicting to the student is what will increase learning. In this way, the negative connotation of school will be minimal as the students are comfortable and able to thrive in an environment they are accustomed to.

One of the schools that has implemented the idea of a coffee culture into their lives is the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Part of the culture at LECOM is the on-campus restaurant, Coffee Culture. Here, students can use free Wi-Fi, relax, or study. Students can hold meetings for clubs and organizations here, as well as just enjoy the company of their peers at LECOM.

Although schools are starting to use a cappuccino culture to enhance the prospect of community and integrate modernity into the classroom, there are several health effects of coffee that may prove to hinder students instead of helping them.

As told by softpedia, in the Top 15 Effects That Coffee Has on Your Health, the main ingredient in coffee (caffeine) will essentially halt Adenosine, which is a chemical that makes one drowsy. However, once the caffeine effect wears off, one will feel sluggish and fatigued – likely more so than they would have if caffeine was not ingested.

Students, especially those who suffer from things such as Senioritis, may find coffee as a hindrance, considering that the energy from caffeine that one would receive from coffee could, if ingested at the wrong time, cause sleep disturbances. One should be awake and active for at least twelve hours after ingestion, for that is how long it takes to rid the body of the alkaline from coffee.

Let’s not forget the money that is wasted on coffee daily, weekly, and monthly. The culinary department of a former school of mine sold Cappuccinos regularly, as well as Hot Chocolate, for a dollar per cup. Though that is not a large price, if I were to drink a cappuccino everyday, which I did, I would be spending five dollars a week on coffee. Because of the apparent cheapness and how I would drink on a daily basis, I was simply feeding myself into a cycle of cappuccino addiction and a very thin wallet.

Yes, Generation Y could benefit from cappuccino culture in some ways. In others, cappuccino cultures in schools could prove to be a bad choice for a student. Regardless, the cappuccino culture is thriving and schools are implementing the caffeine-driven lifestyle into student’s lives.

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