Hey everyone, today I will be taking you on an adventure of what a typical Thursday looks like for me, and I hope you enjoy it. Here… we … go!
7:30 - 8:20 AM: It’s another beautiful day here in Medford Massachusetts! Well, I don’t know if it's beautiful yet because the weather here is not at all consistent, but you can still make it a beautiful day. I get out of my bed, and the first task of the day is to make my bed because if I don’t, I just get right back in and could potentially miss my first class (knowing from first-hand experience). I get into the normal adult routine such as brushing my teeth, picking out the outfit for the day, and making my coffee to get me ready for the day. I can't begin to describe the importance of coffee in my life; I look like a walking zombie until I take that first sip of coffee. I then sit at my desk at 8:20 and begin downloading the slides that will be used in the Chemistry class and hop right into Zoom.
8:30 - 9:20 AM: CHEMISTRY CLASS IN SESSION
9:20 - 10:20 AM: First class of the day done, and now I review what was just covered in the Chem class because I probably dozed off here and there. It is now about 10:00 am and I grab either a granola bar or yogurt to satisfy what would be considered the first meal of the day. I begin stretching a little bit to prepare for the dance class I have at 10:30. Then it hits me... today's dance class is IN PERSON! I grab my water bottle and backpack and run off to Jackson Gym.
10:31 - 11:45 AM: DANCE MOVEMENT/CREATIVE PROCESS IN SESSION
12:00 - 12:30 PM: Dance class is now over and I run back to my dorm at Harleston, and take a shower because I don’t know if it's just me but wearing a mask makes you sweat even more than usual. Once again I am ready for the day, and I make plans with friends to grab food from the Commons or take a trip into Davis Square.
12:30 - 3:00 PM: Everyone deserves a good break during their day, either grabbing food with a friend, running errands off-campus, or even just watching Netflix is a great way to destress and not make your day too overwhelming. But, that break must come to an end, and your schoolwork awaits.
3:00 - 7:00 PM: Usually during this time on Thursday's I try to be as productive as possible. You can usually find me at the SEC or the Campus Center because doing work in my room isn’t always the best. During this time I usually go over my asynchronous Physiology lectures and go over readings assignments for my classes the next day. These 4 hours can get a little overwhelming so there are small coffee and Tik Tok breaks in between.
7:00 - 9:00 PM: This two-hour gap in my day is one of the most important to me. I usually call my friends and family back home and summarize our days and what else we have planned for the week. When all the calls have been made, I change into some comfortable clothes, maybe watch some Netflix (currently watch Criminal Minds and I can’t stop!), and give my brain a little bit of a break from college work.
9:00 - 11:00 PM: These last two hours in the day I either do any work that I have yet to do or go over my planner, which I set up at the beginning of the week with all my work. I begin by crossing out the things I’ve done, which in my perspective is one of the best feelings in the world. I also start highlighting the assignments I have been procrastinating all week, because hopefully seeing them in a bright color makes me feel some sort of urgency to do them. I then looking over any meetings or events I may have coming up, this allows me to see if there is anything I need to prepare or do beforehand.
11:05 PM: I end the day by washing my face and brushing my teeth and reach the happiest moment of the day. I unfold my blanket, set off my alarm and hop right into bed. See you tomorrow!
Now, this seems like an ideal schedule for a college student to have, but it's okay if some days don't look like that. Sometimes I take “quick” naps that take up the entire time I should be doing work. Other days I might drink a coffee too late and then I’m up all night doing work or watching five episodes of Criminal Minds. But one of the biggest advice I can give is not to overwhelm yourself too much with stress and schoolwork, which does happen a lot of times in my life trust me. But I have learned that if I overwork myself and create unnecessary stress it makes my week end up in a bigger disaster than it should have. Setting up a planner where everything is written out offers a lot of help, especially for those days that you just need a bit more relaxing. Then when you get that random spark of motivation to do work you just can look at your planner and see exactly what needs to get done.