Every college student’s schedule is going to be completely different from another’s–we all have weird, hectic rosters with strange class times and part-time jobs. College is different from high school in that classes will almost never be all back-to-back. Classes tend to be longer, and you will likely have a break between some of your classes. Plus, you’ll almost never encounter a class that you go to every day of the week– you might attend any given class anywhere from 1-4 days per week.
This upcoming Fall semester, my schedule is definitely a bit weird. I opted to load my Tuesdays and Thursdays with most of my classes (3 classes/day) and have one long 3-hour class on Mondays. With this schedule, I have Wednesday and Friday completely open, as well as Monday mornings. I created my schedule like this so that I would have time for a second job. Check out what my weeks will be like this semester to get a taste of what college life can be like!
10:00-2:00: Schoolwork and free time
Unless I am asked to work at my second job, I will probably let myself sleep in and then either get work done, head to the gym, or work on my hobbies (sewing and knitting projects)
2:00-5:00: Class – “Fundamentals of Journalism”
This 3-hour long (ugh!) class is a required writing class for all journalism majors and minors. Since I have declared journalism as my minor, I have to take this class before I graduate. Here’s to hoping that my professor lets us out early some days!
Both last year and this year, I received Work-study funding in my financial aid package. Work-study is a fantastic opportunity, as it is guaranteed part-time work where all the bosses understand and sympathize with your busy schedule. Work-study jobs tend to be between 5-20 hours per week, with most clocking in at 10 or 12. My job is a position as a tutor at the Intergenerational Literacy Program, a program at a school in Chelsea, MA that provides ESOL classes to adults and children.
8:30-midnight: Dinner and homework
After I get home from work, I will definitely be making myself dinner in my new apartment and getting to work on papers and readings that are due that week.
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
9:30-11:00: Class – “Topics in Film and Literature”
My first class of the day is an hour and twenty minutes long (professors at Boston University let students out 10 minutes before class is scheduled to end, to give students time to get to their next class if they have back-to-back classes. This class is an English elective that counts towards my English major. We’ll be assigned various novels to read and movies to watch, which we will then discuss in class.
11:00-12:30: Class – “History and Principles of Journalism”
Immediately after my English class, I will head to my second journalism class. This one is a large lecture-style class that is another requirement for my journalism minor. I have been told that is a basic history class that mostly requires memorization of facts, dates, and names.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busy days, so after two classes, I’ll want to take a break to eat a good meal and relax for a bit before my third and final class of the day.
2:00-3:30: Class – “British Literature I”
Brit. Lit. is a mandatory course for English majors that is broken into two parts–in the Fall, you take Part 1 and in the Spring you take Part 2. Part 1 is Medieval and 16th-17th century texts–not the most exciting topic, but I’ll manage!
5:00-8:30: Work or Rehearsal
On Tuesdays, I will go to my work-study job again, but on Thursdays, I don’t work–instead, I will use the time to do homework, eat a good dinner, or attend a play rehearsal/work on costumes for my theatre group.
No classes on Wednesdays! I plan to use this day to work at my second job at a retail clothing store.
7:15-8:30: Work seminar
On Wednesday nights, I will attend a mandatory meeting for my work-study job. This meeting is for all the tutors to catch up and get mini lessons in how to best tutor our students.
Thursday is almost exactly the same as Tuesday — see above!
Another day without classes! Fridays will also be devoted to my second job. Friday nights will be filled with attending club meetings or seeing friends.
After such a crazy week, I’m going to want some time off! I’ll likely use Saturday afternoons to do some homework, but then use the rest of the evening and night to go out and see friends.
Sunday tends to be homework/catch-up day for most college students. After Friday and Saturday nights out, we all need a day to relax at home and get work done.