So a lot people ask me what I do at university. They either think I’m studying or I am partying. I often think that students in America and other countries do this to so I understand the confusion, but the perceptions of university are not what people think and are different for every student.
This is a day in the life, for me, at university.
7:00am – I’m asleep.
8:00am – I’m still asleep.
9:00am – I am trying to stay asleep, but I am most likely awake.
10:00am – I am still in bed, but usually on my Ipad or computer watching some TV show such as Once Upon a Time, How to Get Away with Murderor Arrow.
11:00am – I am up. I am in the shower.
11:30am – I get dressed and then sit at my desk and dry my hair, often whilst watching something on Netflix or some Booktube videos.
11:45am – I put on my make-up and do my To-Do List.
12:00pm – I start my prep for the day. I have Creative Writing at 4 so I make sure that I have completed my writing practice for that afternoon. I also prep for tomorrow’s History Seminar by printing the sources for that week. Normally I pack my bag with all the books I need for the lectures I am attending and put music on my ipod to listen to as I walk down to university.
12:30pm – I leave my house to walk to university.
1:00pm – I meet the Creative Writing Magazine team at the university pub for lunch and a meeting. We discuss deadlines, submissions and plans for future editions.
2:00pm – I go to the library and do any work I can. This can include prep for a coursework –finding quotes and sources – Writing creative writing pieces or highlighting key points in my seminar reading.
3:00pm – I go and find my friends Hannah and Leanne, who have just come out of their lectures, and we have a catch-up in the library whilst doing whatever work we need to.
4:00pm –Hannah and I go to our Young Adult Creative Writing class. We often listen to our tutor talk and watch youtube videos for the first hour.
5:00pm –Still in Creative Writing, this is the moment we begin to ‘workshop’ our ideas for future pieces, or discuss pieces we brought with us.
6:00pm – We get out of class and walk to the bus stop.
6:30pm – We’re usually still waiting for the shuttle bus.
7:00pm – I finally get home and promptly get a drink out of the fridge –usually a can of Sprite or glass of Orange Juice – and then I head upstairs. I open my laptop and continue with whatever work I see fit.
7:30pm – I choose a movie and let it load whilst I go downstairs to make or prep dinner. Tonight I had an omelette with ham.
8:00pm – I am eating dinner and watching ‘Casino Royale’.
9:00pm – I usually skip most of the movie and get back to work or do some blogging. One post for my Book Blog and one for my student blog.
10:00pm – I upload both blog posts and then shut off my computer and get ready for bed.
10:15pm – I get into bed, take my make-up off with make-up wipes and watch some YouTube videos on my ipad.
10:45pm – I put my ipad and phone on charge, setting my alarm for the next day and get my book out – currently I am reading two: Downton Abbey Season 3 Scripts by Julian Fellowes & Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. I read ‘Downton Abbey’.
12:00pm – its midnight and I like to sleep (see morning for more details) so I mark the page in my book, turn off my light and go to sleep. I usually zonk out straight away.
And that is my daily schedule for Monday’s…quite dull, yet quite busy also. I make sure I wash up, clean my room and do any errands I need to during the day also – but these are boring details that I fit in when I can.
As you can see I don’t really party – I’m much more of an ‘eat, sleep and read’ kind of girl and my idea of studying is in the library between lectures.
Everyone is different and I bet every other student you know has a totally different plan of their Monday’s, but there we go! This is my life.