We are back!!! And this time with more freedom from this horrible pandemic (still being cautious of course), but the fact that I’m allowed to be outside without a mask means the world! I'm allowed to go on walks with friends, go out to eat, and be out and about, which was something I didn't appreciate before.
I am currently a Junior at Tufts majoring in Biology with a minor in Child Study and Human Development and Dance on the Pre-Med Track. I will take you along with me on one of my busiest days of the week, so I hope you get a good night's rest and have your running shoes on because we are running all around Tufts Campus today.
Welcome to my Wednesday:
7:30 am: RISE AND SHINE! It’s another sunny Wednesday morning, and the first step of the day is to start brewing my coffee. While the coffee is brewing, I head to the bathroom to freshen up and pick out the outfit for the day. By the time I'm done getting ready my coffee has finished brewing and it's time to add my oat milk and ice cubes because this is New England, and ice coffee is the only way to go. I usually start the morning by either listening to a podcast, reading a book, or watching an episode of the current show I’m watching on Netflix ( which often is the case). I then look at the clock and see I’m already running late.
8:52 am: It's now time to run to the first class of the day because more often than not I’m usually always running late to class. At 9 am, my first class is Ballet 1, and honestly, this has been my favorite class this semester. The number one advice I could give to any incoming Tufts student would be to try out a whole bunch of classes, either within the arts, stem, or literature that you might have not taken before, because you never know what you may fall in love with. For example, I had no dance experience before college and I took my first dance class sophomore year, and now I’m a dance minor (I would have never expected that for myself). Joe, our live pianist, plays for us while we stretch and begin to practice some ballet basics instructed by Professor Renata herself. Honestly, this is the best way to start my morning. The class ends at 10:15 am, and the trend continues of me running to my next class that starts at 10:30 am.
10:30 am: I am now sitting in a classroom in Anderson Hall, waiting for my Physics 1 class to begin. We start the class with a poll everywhere, and then the class unravels into an amazing discussion where everyone shares their points of view. The class then ends at 11:45 am, and as you expected, it’s time to run home and make lunch because a class is soon to start at 1:30 pm.
12 pm: I’m home!!!! I get all my groceries ready, and lately, tacos have been my go-to lunch option, so I prepare it with so much love and peace, just to then realize I am running out of time, and I don’t have time to taste the love I put in these tacos.
1:30 pm: I am running uphill to Braker Hall for my Conservation Biology Class, and I begin to take notes as Professor Reed talks to us about species and extinction rates.
I wasn’t kidding when I said this is one of my busiest days of the week. If you’d like you can take a break, go get some water, and a snack because there is still a long way to go.
2:45 pm: Conservation Biology just ended and I decide to walk (this is new) to the 574 building for my Physics Lab that starts at 4 pm. During this time, I try to do some assignments and answer any emails, just to stay on top of everything. I also call my mama and family just to make sure everyone is doing okay. The clock then hits 4 pm, and I am already in the designated building so there is no running late here.
4-6:30 pm: Physics Lab
6:30 pm: That’s it! The day is over! Well, it's over academically. I told myself that after this busy day, I’m going to head home, cook some dinner, and watch some Netflix. Give your body a moment to reset, because that really makes all the difference. From 6:30 - 9 pm, I do everything that has to do with relaxation. I kick my feet up onto my bed, watch my show, take a nap, wash my face because the amount of running around that day gives me is uncalled for.
9 pm: It’s nighttime and for most people, this is the time they are in their rooms getting ready for bed or doing homework. However, that is not the case for me. I head out to Jackson Gym for Roti and Rum dance practice. Roti and Rum is the Caribbean dance team on campus, and not only does this team have incredible music and choreography, but the people are also absolutely amazing. Even though this practice doesn’t end until 11 pm, there isn’t anywhere else I would want to be.
11 pm: It’s almost technically the next day, but this Wednesday is now over! I head home, hop in the shower, do my skincare routine, and nighty night.
I know this day seems insane, but that's not the case for all the other days. I usually end my day by 2:45 pm, and I have the rest of the day to hang out with friends, do homework, and go out to Boston. However, after going through this busy day, I have realized how important sleep and self-care are. If you aren’t dedicating time to yourself, the work you do throughout the day would be to its full potential, because the student isn’t working at their full potential. Best piece of advice, if you need time to yourself, take it, because there's nothing more important than self-care.
However, on that note, thank you so much for coming along with me on this busy day, and I hope to see you soon. I promise the next day in my life won’t be this chaotic. :)
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