A Week in the Life
What does a week at Tufts actually look like? The short answer: different for everyone. So, we asked four members of our Student Communications Group to bare all in the form of their weekly calendars—from film courses on the apocalypse to orchestra rehearsal to weekend outings in Boston.
Desmond Fonseca '20
Cape Cod Retreat: Every year, the Africana Center hosts a retreat at a Brewster, MA, campground for Black-identifying first year students. As Peer Leaders of the Africana Center, we also go to the retreat and are responsible for facilitation of the weekend excursion.
Medford Boys and Girls Club: The Tisch Scholars are a group of Tufts students who do community service projects through the Tisch College of Civic Life. My project is piloting a mentorship program for young men of color at the local Boys and Girls club.
Cinema of Apocalypse: An ILVS course taught by Professor Susan Napier, this class was my "fun" selection -- and still managed to cover one of my distribution reqs. Focusing on cinematic depictions of apocalypse, as the title would imply, we do critical analysis on movies and accompanying readings. So far we have watched Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and next week we are watching Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove.
Jheanelle Owens '21
As an engineering student, I have to take courses like Chemistry, Calculus II and an introductory engineering class. My introductory class is Engineering in Crises. It's great because I get to learn about issues such as natural disasters that affect places like my home, Jamaica, and how engineering helps to bring some stability during times of crisis. Expository writing class and orchestra bring balance to my STEM-heavy schedule; I'm also hoping to add dancing at some point!
Jacob Shaw '21
Even with five classes, it’s amazing how much time opens up in your day in college, as opposed to high school! I’m attending as many general interest meetings as I can for clubs, everything from student government to theatre, and I’m even looking forward to taking an evening class. When I’m working on my own schedule, it’s much easier to budget in time for interesting opportunities and fun while staying on top of my work.
Julie Doten '18
My Tuesdays and Thursdays are pretty busy since I have four classes in a row; this would be tiring, but the two dance classes are much different than the two economics classes, so the variety keeps things interesting. In turn, I only have one class on Mondays and Wednesdays so I'm able to get to the gym in the morning (in order to stay healthy and active and all that jazz). On the weekend, I make sure to have time for friends and club meetings to de-stress and have fun!