Optimize your late start

Sarah Nealon, staff writer

 For most students, late starts are rare glimpses at an alternate universe where we can sleep in, have a complete breakfast, and still be on time to school. If you want to get the most out of the few late starts you have, look no further. There are two different types of late starts: the 10:15 a.m. start and the 12:00 p.m. start.

 For nature lovers, a 12:00 p.m. late start offers the opportunity to have breakfast at The Zumbro, a family owned breakfast and brunch restaurant located in Linden Hills. After enjoying a local, organic meal, you can take a tranquil walk around Lake Harriet. Bring some samples from Great Harvest so you can feed the ducks!

 A 10:15 a.m. late start gives fitness maniacs the chance to get in a quick jog or a workout at the gym. After a shower, you can go to Jamba Juice and to pick up a smoothie and breakfast to go. “You can get any smoothie with a free boost. We offer soy protein, immunity, energy, and daily vitamin boosts,” said Sam Cain, a junior who works at Jamba.

 Culinary artists can invite their friends over for breakfast on 10:15 a.m. late starts. You can whip up a gourmet meal and wow them with the resemblance to authentic French cooking. Sarah Irons, the creative foods teacher, recommends omelets, breakfast burritos, waffles, and crepes as easy and fun recipes.

 Studious students can take advantage of the extra time in the morning to work on homework, study for tests, or go in early for help. Of course, since most 10:15 a.m. late starts are for students to get assistance from teachers, bring your favorite teacher a salted caramel mocha from Starbucks. You can get an extra hour of sleep and still go in early to get questions answered.

 If you are looking for the classic Edina experience, 12:00 p.m. late starts are perfect for sleeping in, going to breakfast, and picking up some coffee before school.

 Alex Davis, a sophomore, described his ideal late start: “I would wake up at 8:30, get picked up at 9, go visit South View and Normandale, meet up with friends for breakfast at Perkins, go to Starbucks, then head to school.”

 There are many different ways to spend your late start. Do not be afraid to try out new ideas. However you spend it, you are sure to enjoy the break from the hardships of school.