Lynda | Class of 2014 | Chicago, Illinois | Major: Geographical Studies and Public Policy
8:00 AM I hear the sound of my alarm. It’s time to get up to work the first shift at the University Community Service Center, where I work as the News and Public Affairs Intern. I am hardly the most energized person in the morning, but I trudge out of bed and walk one block to work (one of the perks to living in the Max Palevsky dormitory).
10:00 AM I am technically off shift at work, but I usually lag behind talking to my fellow employees near the water cooler. With 30 minutes to get to CORE Biology, I quickly walk to my dorm and grab my books and bag. Mornings are usually quite rushed for me.
12:00pm I am out of my CORE Biology class! I walk over to Bartlett Dining Hall and grab a delicious quesadilla and some vanilla ice cream with an excessive amount of sprinkles. You can never go wrong with the sprinkles! During lunch, I engage in good conversations with my fellow housemates—featuring topics that range from the interesting to the just plain weird. But, hey—it wouldn’t be a typical UChicago conversation if it wasn’t a little quirky.
2:00 PM I have one hour until my Human Rights class. I usually go to 5710 to finish my reading and review my notes. This week’s topic is women’s rights in developing countries. It’s a truly fascinating class, so I usually don’t mind the hefty packets of reading.
4:30 PM My Human Rights class just ended; what do I do now? I decide to head over to the Regenstein Library to get some light reading done for my SOSC class tomorrow. I put my laptop away to resist the temptation of Facebook; one of the many procrastination methods I try to resist in college.
6:00 PM Enough light reading for SOSC! One can only read so much Marx and Durkheim in one sitting. It is time for a well-needed break. I head over to Bartlett Dining Hall to grab some grub. Dinner is always my favorite time of the day because everyone is always so excited. Conversation is at its highest point.
7:00 PM After my meal at Bartlett, I walk over to 5710 for my meeting with the UChicago Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Today, we are discussing our last event of Spring Quarter: a huge art exhibition featuring art produced by immigrant artists. I volunteer for a few tasks – table set-up and transportation of easels. Being involved with this group has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my college experience thus far.
9:00 PM My day is dying down. I sit in my room at my desk studying for CORE Biology. I never knew how important bacteria were to our bodies— just some of the fascinating things I have learned in that class.
10:00 PM Have you ever seen the movie Forrest Gump? Well, I don’t run as much as he did, but I sure do walk a lot. I like to end my days with a nice walk around campus and around Hyde Park. Even though it’s late, the area on campus is well-lit and safe at night. I love reflecting on my day while walking around Hyde Park. It makes me appreciate the campus and our neighborhood immensely.
12:00 PM How I wish I could go to sleep. I am probably going to be up for a few more hours reading and answering emails. My roommate went to bed at 11 PM. Impressive. But, hey—I wouldn’t change this experience for the world.
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