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a day in the life of a college student

Chloe Gordon

Going into college I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know what an average day looked like. I didn’t know what I’d be doing in my free time. I didn’t know what other people were going to be like. 

But, I’ve officially been in college for a whopping month, so I feel like I’m now an expert on the matter. 

So here’s what a day in the like of a college student looks like. 

Obviously, it depends on the day, but for the sake of this post, I’ll go through my Monday. 

I digress. 

On Mondays, I have an 8am class. I have absolutely no idea what was going through my head when I set up my schedule. I thought it would be easy because I was used to 8ams from high school, but lemme tell you. 8ams in college are absolutely, positively, not the same thing as 8am in high school. It’s so different. Next semester I’m going to try my hardest to start my days no earlier than 10am. 

So after I trek my way to my 8am math class and sit there for 50 minutes, I then trek my way back to the c4c (which is what my dining hall is called) and stuff my face with delicious breakfast food. I usually go for fruit, potatoes, and sausage, but sometimes I go for a bagel. It just depends on my mood. 

Also, side note, the food in college is not nearly as bad as everyone warned. I actually enjoy the food. I probably enjoy it too much, hello freshman 15. 

Then, after breakfast I head back to my dorm where I have another class at 10. This class is a one credit that focuses on thing such as our learning styles and trends around campus (like slam poetry). It’s so nice having a class in my dorm because it allows me to meet other people in my dorm and have a sense of community. Not to mention, I don’t have to hike it across campus to get there. 

After this class I have a nice break so I usually go back to my dorm room and either take a nap, watch some Netflix, or do homework, or all of the above. I love having time alone in my dorm room, especially on Monday just to rest up for the week and decompress from the weekend. I usually keep my dorm room door open if I’m not naping so I can be a little social with my hall, but for the most part this is just some alone time. 

After this nice break, I head off to my next class at 1pm. This class is called Idea Industry, and it’s seriously my favorite class ever. We have a lot of guest speakers from the Communications field, and it’s so interesting to hear all of their stories and listen to their advice. So far we’ve talked with people as cool as the Global Director of Facebook. 

Then, after this class I head to lunch. I either go alone, with people from the class, or I meet up with other friends. It just depends on the day. 

After lunch, I head back to my dorm to relax again. I usually take another nap, watch some more Netflix, and/or do some homework. Finding alone time in college is so difficult so I try to really appreciate the time when I have it. 

Then, after relaxing, a friend and I usually head to the gym. We try to spend a good hour to an hour and a half working out. The freshman 15 is so real, and I’m trying my hardest to stay away from it. 

After the gym, we usually head to dinner where we either meet up with other friends or just stick with the two of us. 

I spend the most time at the c4c during dinner. It’s so nice just to sit at dinner at chat for a long while. I definitely miss dinners with my family the most! 

After dinner changes from day to day. I either go back to my room and spend some time with my roommate, study with other friends, hangout with other friends, watch more Netflix, or go to some event that’s happening in the dorm or around campus. I feel like my nights are always changing which is so nice.

So there you have it, a day in the life of a college student. It’s a lot less scary than I thought it would be. I’m definitely a little homesick and miss high school (which I never thought I would say), but college is seriously so much fun and it’s definitely going to be the best four years of my life! 

If you’re in college or have been to college I’d love to hear about your typical day.
If you’re still in high school or middle school, was my day different than you expected a college student’s day to be?

Thanks for reading this novel of a post!