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A Day in The Life

Updated: Aug 25

My morning at Wheaton starts with me, like any other college student, hitting snooze on all eight of the alarms I had set the night before just so I can get to class on time.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “I am not going to be like this; I will always be up on time, eager to get to class.” Sorry to break it to you, but that is not going to happen, buddy, and once you finish reading this post, you’re going to know exactly why.


So, anyway, back to my day. After finding the energy to wake up, I head to the communal bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth. Wheaton is in New England, which means it is cold here for half the year, which inevitably means that everyone takes a shower at night. Gross? I used to think so too, but college life proved it was the better option. One, because you don’t want your wet, shower hair to freeze-dry on the way to class, breaking off if you touch it, and two, because well, you get extra sleep in the morning. After choosing an outfit from my limited wardrobe space (organized by season because, again, New England), I head out with my backpack.

Now, here’s a vital college fact, especially if you are going anywhere in the United States, coffee will be an essential part of your life. You will learn to worship it and rely on it.


I plug in my headphones and take the long route to my favorite cafe, Hood. I have a designated playlist for the walk, which plays in the same order every day and starts my day off on the perfect note (get it?). Now, here’s a vital college fact, especially if you are going anywhere in the United States, coffee will be an essential part of your life. You will learn to worship it and rely on it (probably not the best way to live a healthy life, but eh, you are a college student now). I order the same coffee every morning, precisely at 8:50 am since my first class is at 9 am most days. With my Iced Caramel Macchiato with whole milk and two espresso shots in hand, I walk my basic self to my first class - Latin. Oh boy, do I gulp down my coffee.


One thing that colleges in the US offer is the ability to design your school schedule. Based on what kind of classes you want to take, how many you want to take a day, and the timings you choose, you’d think you can essentially set up your perfect day. Sadly, no.


One thing that colleges in the US offer is the ability to design your school schedule. Based on what kind of classes you want to take, how many you want to take a day, and the timings you choose, you’d think you can essentially set up your perfect day. Sadly, no. Unfortunately for you, and every other US college student, getting the classes you want is mostly a matter of luck and how fast you hit submit on your desired schedule on registration day. I prefer mine to end before twelve, but since I have classes till 3:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it clearly doesn’t always go your way.


After my first class, if I have an hour or two before my next class, I usually head back to my room to study or just grab a bagel and finish some homework. OK, fine. You caught me. I’ll be honest, most of the time, one of my best friends and I just hang out in my room and talk.


I am quite particular about when I eat lunch and dinner. I eat lunch around 11:45am, which is relatively early, and then either go directly to my next class or come back to my room and work on homework.


Here's another college fact for you - you will find yourself grabbing meals alone while you’re at college.


Here’s another college fact for you - you will find yourself grabbing meals alone while you’re at college. My school is pretty small and there are days when all my friends, who I typically grab a meal with, are in class. The first few days of heading to the dining halls alone were nerve-racking. I was nervous and full of shame and self-doubt. Soon I realized that I had nothing to be afraid of. Sitting alone while having lunch in college is probably the most normal thing to do on campus. You will find a lot of people getting lunch alone and watching Netflix. Plus, the alone time is a nice change from the usual college hustle and bustle.


Dinner is usually a lengthy affair since all my friends are done for the day, even ones with classes in the evenings (yes, evening classes are a thing and are an absolute pain. Don’t do it).


After I finish with classes for the day, I come back and work on some more homework or nap (I mostly nap because, well, let’s be real). Then, I head to dinner with my friends. Dinner is usually a lengthy affair since all my friends are done for the day, even ones with classes in the evenings (yes, evening classes are a thing and are an absolute pain. Don’t do it). We usually use this time to catch up and just talk about our day.


After dinner, I head back either to my room or to the library to, you guessed it, work on some more homework. Being a college student, you procrastinate everything, and when I say everything, I mean everything. Even sending emails. So I catch up on that and do some more work. Even though college coursework is extremely rigorous and involves a ton of self-studying and research, I absolutely enjoy working on the assignments. They are fascinating to study and honestly a lot of fun.


Sometimes just watching my friends going crazy while doing their work and juggling numerous extracurricular activities, just like I find myself doing, gives me the extra boost of motivation I need to get my work submitted.


Some nights, I have a club meeting or theatre practice. If I am at a club meeting I’m there for about an hour. If I’m at theatre practice, I’m there for around three hours, which totals to about sixteen hours in the five weekdays (never again will I ever audition for any production in my life). I am usually pretty tired by 8 pm and start fantasizing about just getting to relax in my room. Although being involved in so many events, club meetings, study sessions, or theatre productions gets exhausting, it is a great way to spend time outside of coursework and self-studying. Sometimes just watching my friends going crazy while doing their work and juggling numerous extracurricular activities, just like I find myself doing, gives me the extra boost of motivation I need to get my work submitted.


It is almost midnight by the time I “finish doing all my work.” In college, because you are always procrastinating, you genuinely never run out of things you have to do. It’s especially true for me since I take psychology, philosophy, and am pre-law. *nervous laughter*


After that, I take a nice shower in my favorite shower stall (I kind of self-designated my shower because it’s the best and the cleanest). Before heading to bed, I usually watch an episode or two of a show, call my family, and try to talk to my dog in my dog voice as he ignores me. Honestly, I don’t know what his problem is. At this point, it is around 1 am, I am usually exhausted and looking forward to my warm bed. I set all eight of my alarms, crack open the window just a tiny bit (as I said, it is almost always freezing) and get into my bed with my snuggly (nothing is too childish or weird when you are in college. Don’t smirk).


That’s all. That is my exhausting, but perfect little day, at Wheaton College, Massachusetts. (The liberal arts one, not the one in Illinois, don’t get them confused.)


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