I was reminded of a roommate I had as I was setting my alarm clock the other night. Let's call her Hillary Jr. to give her a little privacy. Our apartment had 6 girls and two showers. I shared my shower with my cousin and Hillary Jr. Because I didn't have a car at this time, I had to get up pretty early to catch my bus. If I missed my bus, I would have no way of getting to school. Walking wasn't an option because my CNA class was about a 25 minute drive from where I lived.
Hillary Jr. would also get up early to study. She was very scholarly and took her studies seriously. That wouldn't have been a problem except for that I would set my alarm so that I would have just enough time to get ready and catch my bus. One morning, seconds after my alarm had gone off, I heard Hillary Jr. get into the shower. Needless to say, I missed my bus that day. I was upset but thought maybe it was just a coincidence. Well, after about a week of Hillary Jr. rushing into the bathroom after my alarm had gone off, I realized what was happening wasn't a coincidence. So, instead of confronting her (after living with 5 other girls I had no desire to start another apartment feud), I had a plan.
One night, I set my alarm 20 minutes ahead of when I needed to get up. Sure enough, the next morning, Hillary Jr. was in and out of the shower before I needed it and I had no problem catching my bus. This continued to work because not only did we remain friends but Hillary Jr. got really good grades that semester. In some small way, I would credit myself for that because I gave her an extra 20 minutes to study!