While it’s not the best part of being an athlete, being up at 6am is definitely not the worst. More often than we’d like, the Crew team has to be up before the sun for lifts, practices, and races. Throughout the winter, the team had 6am lifts twice a week, and although everyone struggled to get out of bed, we saw  sunrises that were worth it.

Nott Sunrise

Nott Sunrise

Now, during our main season, we have 630am practices a couple times a week to make up for class conflicts and things like that. The temperature may be as low as our energy, but there’s something special about seeing the Mohawk River as well as Union’s campus before anyone else.

Sunrise on the Mohawk

Sunrise on the Mohawk

I leafed through some Crew girls’ instagram accounts to find some  photos, and they really capture the perfect sunrise. Many of the sports teams at Union have to get up extremely early to fit in practices and lifts before class. I’m sure they’ve all witnessed this type of sunrise, and its absolutely breathtaking.

Nott Sunrise

Nott Sunrise

Even if you’re not an athlete, I encourage you to get up early one morning simply to see an amazing sunrise and an empty campus. While I love seeing all the students roaming around campus during the day, an early morning campus void of all stressful class-related activities is something that must be seen. Besides, no one ever wishes they got more sleep in college 😉

Nott sunrise

Nott sunrise