I pulled open the shades and let the sunlight pour into my dorm room. “I can use natural light for a solid 10 hours, so this won’t be too bad,” I thought. My plan was to go without electricity for 24 hours to better empathize with the 7 in 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa experiencing energy poverty every day. Giving up 24 hours of electricity didn’t seem like a big sacrifice––when considering its for the sake of providing 50 million sub-Saharans with electricity, it’s not––especially if it meant inspiring students to support the Electrify Africa Act. I’d planned those 24 hours to a tee: I would spend the first 3 or 4 hours doing all of the reading I’d fallen behind on, then I would have a couple of hours to myself to get philosophical and introspective, and then I’d knock on my hall-mates’ doors and we’d go for a walk. The final few hours would be spent sleeping. Unfortunately nothing went according to plan. Usually I eat a Greek yogurt for breakfast. It dawned on me the morning of this challenge, however, that I wouldn’t be able to eat yogurt because preserving it required refrigeration. Instead, I opted for a whole wheat bagel with almond butter. This seemed like a good alternative at the time, (and it was probably one of the least energy-intensive options), but, in a way, eating this combination could still be considered cheating.