College. It's hectic. From the late nights to the early mornings and the occasional week where you have four separate papers due, a day-in-the-life of a college student is rarely uneventful. Here’s a look at a typical day for me, Adam, a sophomore at the good old UW-Marathon County.
7:50 a.m. Time to get going!
While I don’t always have time for it, I’d be lying if I told you that breakfast isn’t the best part of my day. I try to wake up early enough to make myself some eggs and toast most mornings and let me say: it’s a game changer. After eating, I quickly shove my tablet, a few notebooks, and my folders in my bag, getting myself out the door by 7:50 a.m.
8 a.m. Off to the Solution Center
It’s 8 a.m. and I’m strolling into the Student Solution Center, my main campus job, to get things up and running. I try my best to burn through opening tasks so I can get to the break room and get a pot of coffee going. Working here has been great and I’ve met a lot of people having a campus job. When I’m not answering emails or phone calls, I’m usually in a "bad joke battle" with my coworker Jon.
10:50 a.m. Class time
At 10:50 a.m., I clock out and head to my first class, British Literature II, where we just wrapped up Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s easily one of my favorite classes. Sometimes I feel like I’m just part of a really great book club and the discussion is never lacking.
12 p.m. Time to refuel
12 p.m. rolls around and I get to go home for lunch! I have the luxury of living near campus so running home is something I get to do a lot more than my fellow students. It’s never really a “just lunch” situation. I’m typically feverishly preparing a meal while strategizing for the rest of my day, trying to get in a little reading or plugging away at my homework.
1:30 p.m. Break's over!
1:31p.m. I breeze into my Microeconomics class right before my professor shuts the door and class begins. I aim for being on time, often finding myself a minute or two late, but at least I’m fed and caffeinated! The real trick is fighting through the afternoon slump and try to prevent myself from daydreaming – I need to focus in on the important things like Long Run Cost Analysis or Average Variable Cost charts.
2:45 p.m. Class is dismissed
Class gets dismissed at 2:45 p.m. and I head up to the library for my other campus job as an English tutor in the Writing Center. As the job title suggests, I mainly assist students in revising their papers and helping them achieve the goals set out for them by their professors. It’s a flexible position that works around my other responsibilities very well. Takeaway: It’s an awesome thing to be a part of.
4:30 p.m. The day is done...well almost
After I’m done, I usually try to do something to unwind and recharge before I get into all of my homework. I also am a manager at a brewery in town and my wildly busy schedule has forced me to budget my time better. No matter what your workload is, it’s so important to make time for yourself. For me, hiking is a wonderful escape, and my dog and I try to put in at least a few hours a week on the trails. I find myself in a better mood after and far more willing to get back to my homework. I finally retire around midnight, setting my alarm and crawling into bed ready to start things all over again the next day.
There’s a lot of difficult aspects to being a student. When I first started college, I had a hard time meeting people. I also struggled with balancing my schedule (and still do at times), but I’ve constantly been humbled by the number of people on campus willing to help. Everyone has their own path to a successful college career. Don’t be afraid to find yours!