typical day

The Typical Day of a Seminole

September 7, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

The typical day of a college student varies significantly. Some work, others are members of several clubs on campus, others intern, and some may just strictly focus on classes if they are in a difficult major. A typical day in college for me is certainly a busy one. With Tuesday/ Thursday classes only, I keep my schedule open to work my part-time job as a waitress at a popular local sports bar. I completed my required internship over the summer so classes, working, interning, and attending club meetings wouldn’t be too overwhelming all in one semester. My three classes, twice a week, go straight through from 9:30 to 1:45. I wake up around 8 to give myself time to have coffee and eat breakfast. Some days, I may even wake up earlier to do some homework or study before walking to class. Once I complete my classes for the day, I walk home to my apartment, eat lunch, and get ready for work, which usually starts sometime between 3:30 and 5. I usually work until about 10, depending on how busy the night is at the restaurant. I then drive home, eat dinner, and unwind at home by doing some homework if needed, or simply reading a book to fall asleep. I also take an online course, so I make time for that either at night or on my days off.

I organize my schedule so I can work and attend class all in the same day. By doing so, I can have a full day off to take care of homework, grocery shopping, seeing friends, etc. These are usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. On my free days, I’ll either go to the pool with friends or simply relax at home while doing work on and off. With a busy schedule, I sometimes cook all of my food in advance for the week ahead so I’m not constantly buying food out. I keep my evenings open for meetings, specifically for Her Campus- a known organization that has its own FSU chapter. If there is no meeting to attend, I catch up or get a headstart on my homework for the week, which usually consists of several pages of reading, papers, and blogging. I also make time on my days off to exercise, which totals about four times a week.

Time management is key in college!

Time management is key in college!

Finally, my weekends always vary. Since I work in a restaurant, it’s important that I’m available to work almost every Friday and Saturday night. However, depending on my shift, I sometimes will be done early enough to go out with friends afterwards. Unfortunately, that’s a commitment you have to make and plan your schedule around if you want to work as a server. If I have the mornings or afternoons off, I am always making sure to attend the football games- a fall tradition that makes you wish every day was Saturday throughout the semester.

It’s important to stay busy and productive throughout college to build your resume, but always find the time to relax no matter how crazy your schedule may be. Sometimes, there’s just not enough time in a day to get everything done. That’s what weekends are for. Days will always vary according to your agenda and how much work you have. Some weeks will be entirely exhausting, while others will be more relaxing. A great idea is to write yourself notes each day of the tasks you need to complete so it’s all planned out already. It’s all about time management and knowing how to balance free time with productivity.

A Day in the Life of a College Kid

April 24, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life

What's your day like?

What’s your day like?

College schedules are either the best or the worst, depending on your luck of the draw come registration time. Depending on what you prefer, your schedule could be crazy busy or low key. For me, my schedule is all about balancing everything out so that I can do everything I want to do without being completely stretched too thin. Here is my weekly schedule at school to put it into perspective:

Monday/Wednesday

Monday’s and Wednesday’s are conveniently my busiest days of the week. I scheduled 4 out of my 5 classes on these days so that I would be able to work at my two jobs. These days go as follows:

9:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:30 AM – Consumer marketing behavior class

11:30 AM – Poetry class

12:30 PM – Social Media Marketing class

1:30 – 3:20 PM – Graphic Design

5:00 – 10:00 PM – Work at Job 1 (retail)

On these days, I can usually never get much done because I am literally going nonstop all day with a short break before work. Sometimes it’s nice to get these days over with because I feel like I have accomplished a lot, but other times it can just be exhausting. I also usually have a lot of tests and things due on these days so they can be overwhelming. I usually eat once before all of my classes, bring a snack between social media marketing and graphic design, and the bring something to eat at work.

Tuesday/Thursday

These are my less stressful days of the week, but I am still pretty busy. These days go as follows:

8:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:00 – 11:15 AM – Business strategy class

12:00 – 4:30 PM – Job number 2 (office)

These are definitely my homework days and “get stuff done” days. But, being in college, Thursdays are also the night to go out, so by the time I get home from work at 5, eat dinner and relax, I am already getting ready to go out for the night. So, I guess you could say that Tuesday is the most productive day for me.

Friday

9:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:30 AM – Consumer marketing behavior class

11:30 AM – Poetry class

12:30 PM – Social Media Marketing class

Friday’s are my favorite day because it means that the weekend is here and I also have 3 classes and no work. While Fridays should be my productive day, I am usually so beat from the week that I use the extra time for relaxing before the weekend takes off. Usually if I have a lot of stuff due the next week I try to get it done on Friday during the day instead of Saturday or Sunday.

So there you have it, my typical week as a college student. Depending on what year you are in school, your schedule could be very different. If you’re a freshman, you will probably have a lot more free time, but as you grow into a senior you will be getting internships and jobs that you have to fit into your schedule. Good Luck!

A Day In The Life Of A BU Student

February 14, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

A typical day for a BU student

A typical day for a BU student

A typical day for a Boston University student usually starts by almost every student strategically leaving his or her dorm/apartment/house about a half hour before his or her first class that day. And yes, you really need to leave a half hour early if you live in BU’s West Campus. Students that live in East Campus are blessed with the ability to roll out of bed and virtually walk across the street to class.

And yes, if you live in West Campus it usually takes about a half hour to get to the other side of campus where most classes are held. Students will walk, bike, take the free BU Bus, or take some form of public transportation (the T or 57 bus).

In my opinion, it seems like everyone is trying to rush to class mid-morning. It’s like every single person who lives in West Campus also has to get to class at exactly 11 AM – so, tightly packing on the T like sardines is completely normal. Not to mention Boston’s public transportation is not so great, so you’ll be running back and forth from the T stop and the 57 bus stop, trying to catch the first and least crowded one. And if you’re really lucky, the free BU bus will be coming your way and will take you almost directly to all the academic buildings on campus.

As a BU student, we can’t ever forget that we live in the always-unpredictable New England. So, it will probably rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc. at some point during the day – chances are there will be so type of precipitation so be prepared! It’s common knowledge and totally acceptable to carry around an umbrella/hat/raincoat to class every single day, because in New England you really never know.

BU has a few Starbucks locations on campus and it seems like almost every student is trying to get a Grande non-fat vanilla latte with extra foam and a chocolate croissant first thing in the morning (maybe not that exact order, but something complicated like that). So, getting to Starbucks (or any other coffee shop on campus) about 15 minutes before your first class starts is always safe.

After a few hours of class, most students have a short break and will spend that hour (or more) either in the GSU getting some lunch with friends, the library finishing up some work or getting ahead on some studying, or just hanging out in one of the academic buildings.

In the evening after classes are over, it is common for students to have club/organization meetings or an after school job. If not, going back home and taking a quick cat nap before starting up homework and studying for that night is always a favorite of all college students. And trust me, a short power nap can do a lot if you have a long night of work ahead!

Before starting the piles of homework and reading for the night, it is common for students to grab a quick dinner. There are many popular dining options that almost every BU student chooses for dinner – the many dining halls on campus, the GSU, or just cooking a quick meal in your dorm/apartment.