Hi, friends! In hopes of getting back into posting a little more regularly, I thought I’d do a type of post that I always enjoy reading when other bloggers do them: a day-in-the-life post! I think it’s fascinating to see exactly how other people spend their 24 hours each day, although as I type, I realize this could sound creepy. I prefer to think of it as maybe just a little bit nosy. ?
I’ve received a couple of comments and emails asking how I balance RA responsibilities, schoolwork, friends, etc. or even requesting this type of post, so a day-in-the-life post been on my to-do list for a while. I could never decide which day to use, though, because it feels like there’s no such thing as a “typical” day. Some of my days (or even entire weeks) are full of meetings, fun social things, etc. and some days/weeks, I spend 70% of my time in the library. Luckily, after the exam and massive (15 pages SINGLE-SPACED) paper I had last week, this week is much lighter. I decided to chronicle two days in the life since the first day was more schoolwork-heavy and the second day was more fun, so hopefully you’ll get a fuller picture of what life currently looks like for me.
7:15 My alarm goes off. I get dressed, make up my bed, and journal for a few minutes. I usually have some fruit before I run, so I eat a few pieces of pineapple.
8:00-9:00 I meet my running girlfriends, Kristen and Riley, outside of my dorm. We cover 5 miles in a little over 40 minutes, and then stop by Walgreens toward the end so I could pick up some allergy medicine.
9:00-10:00 I foam roll and stretch, shower, get ready, and pack my lunch. I also make oatmeal by microwaving 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats with 1 cup for water for 1 1/2 minutes and then stirring in cinnamon apples, raisins, and almond milk at the end.
10:00 I leave for my first class of the day a couple of minutes late. Class starts at 10:10 and it takes about 10 minutes to walk there. Luckily, my very on-time friend, Clara, always saves me a seat.
10:10-12:30 I have two classes back-to-back: Econ 101 and then Public Relations & Advertising. I discretely snack on this super delicious popcorn from Trader Joe’s during class #2, naturally.
12:45-5:45 I do schoolwork in one of the campus libraries. This is the part where you get to see what a party animal I truly am (not). My biggest chunk of free time during the week is on Monday afternoon, so I block off that time from any other commitments and get a lot of uninterrupted schoolwork done. On most days, I stay on the more social first or second floor of the library, but since this is is my productive time to work really efficiently, I’ll go up a few floors in the library (there are 8 floors!) and even turn off my phone. I really like this system because it allows me start the week off by getting ahead and then I always feel a little bit more relaxed and available to do more social things during the rest of the week.
Usually I’d grab lunch with someone before hitting the library, but on this particular Monday, I packed food to work through lunch. I had an avocado chicken salad sandwich and an unpictured granny smith apple.
A few hours later, I had a peanut butter chocolate chip Larabar, one of my new favorites.
5:45 I leave the library and walk back to my dorm. After having a really productive Saturday afternoon, Sunday night, and Monday afternoon, I’ve gotten all my work done through Thursday, a nice change after last week when I was struggling to get it all done in time!
6:00-6:20 I eat dinner while answering emails. For a really easy and quick meal, I heated up black bean pasta with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on top.
6:20-8:30 I do lots of little things like washing dishes, tidying my room, vacuuming, putting up new flyers in the hallway, catching up with some of my residents, and starting to write this blog post. I also put three sweet potatoes in the oven in my hall’s kitchen to have for lunch or dinner later in the week and I don’t set a timer because I’m sure I’ll remember to take them out, but of course, I forget. I leave them in the oven for about 20 minutes extra, but luckily, they turn out fine– just a little on the softer side!
8:30-10:30 Our RA staff has our weekly meeting, which I typically enjoy since our team is a lot of fun. (Next week, our 2-hour meeting is going to start at 10:15 pm since UNC is playing Syracuse at 7 p.m. that day. Only in college…) Apparently, it’s RA Appreciation Week, so my boss brought us Insomnia cookies. I had a really awesome peanut butter chip cookie and I’m already craving another one. We share our highs and lows from the past week, plan events for the upcoming month, and do a type of cultural awareness training.
10:30-11:45 I go back to my room and finish up an assignment, respond to some of the comments on Monday’s blog post, lay out my running clothes for the next morning, and get ready for bed. I also put a few drops of rosemary essential oil in my diffuser because it’s supposed to help with congestion.
At this point, I need all the help I can get because my voice is totally raspy and breathing takes some effort.
11:45 Lights out. Fortunately, I was able to catch up on sleep some this weekend, but after getting 4-6 hours of sleep most nights last week, I’m motivated to get in bed at a decent time.
6:45 When my alarm goes off, I wake up feeling much better than I did the day before! I’m wondering if the rosemary might’ve really worked? I get ready for my run, make up my bed, and journal for a few minutes.
7:20-8:00 I run 5 miles in the drizzly rain. Campus looks a little bit dreary, but the run is still a great start to my day.
8:00-9:10 I foam roll and stretch, shower, get ready for the day, and pack my lunch.
9:10 I leave for class since it’s about a 15 minute walk. I forget both my umbrella and my rain jacket, so I cross my fingers that the rain doesn’t pick up later on in the day!
9:30-10:45 I go to my first class of the day, Politics of Public Policy. One of my good friends is in the class and the professor is entertaining, so the time always flies by.
11:00-12:15 I have my second class of the day with my sister, which is the Politics and Economics of Food. It’s about global food supply, agriculture in the developing world, GMOs, etc.
12:30-1:45 I catch up with my sister during our weekly lunch date.
I packed leftover grilled chicken (from my freezer), black beans, avocado, and half of a Japanese sweet potato. Japanese sweet potatoes aren’t very pretty once they’re cooked, but they’re delicious. I also had a granny smith apple.
2-3:15 I go to my third and final class of the day, Legislative Politics, with my favorite professor, and we talk about campaign financing.
3:30-5:00 A good friend comes over to my dorm room to catch up since we haven’t spent much quality time together in a couple of weeks.
5:00-6:30 I have dinner with another one of my best friends, whom some of you may recognize as my freshman roommate! We walk about half a mile off campus to redeem our free Chipotle coupons (WHICH INCLUDED FREE GUAC!) from the day that it closed for a few hours for its food safety training. I honestly never really stopped going to Chipotle, but I’m glad it seems to have moved past its food safety scares. We have fun talking about the details of the upcoming spring break beach trip we’re planning for our group of friends.
I eat about half of my brown rice bowl with chicken, black beans, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, and guac. Afterwards, I walked back to my room to drop my leftovers off while talking to my mom on the phone. At my dorm, I spend some time catching up with a few residents about how their day was.
7:30-9:30 I study with my boyfriend at one of the campus libraries for a couple of hours and then he walks me back to my dorm. No Tuesday picture for this one, but I’ll include a picture from Sunday because I think he’s a cutie.
9:30-12:00 I work on a summer internship application, start studying for an upcoming midterm, have a banana with almond butter for a snack, finish writing this blog post, and then go to bed a little after midnight.
And that’s it! This has been a relatively stress-free week for me, but hopefully, you’ve gotten a little glimpse of what my daily life is like. And bless you if you made it all the way through this long post.
So tell me…
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I prefer to be a morning person because I love my morning runs, but I think in college, I’ve had to learn to be both, often on the same days!
Do you enjoy hearing stories about other people’s lives or hearing about their days?
I honestly LOVE it, which I think is part of the reason I love reading other blogs.
What’s your favorite type of cookie?
Typically white chocolate macadamia nut, but I’ve been craving peanut butter recently, so monster cookies sound awesome right now.