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A Day in the Life: Morning Bird Edition

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Being a morning bird at UMass Amherst

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my day starts earlier than usual, because of my 8:30 a.m. class. That two-hour headstart goes a long way in increasing my productivity throughout the day.  Here’s a rough outline of my busiest, yet most rewarding day!

7 a.m. — Alarm goes off. I hit snooze a few times before realizing I should get moving.


8:15 a.m. — Leave North Apartments (“North," my home), and walk into campus. 


8:25 a.m. — Make it to W. E. B. Du Bois Library (Lib) and order my morning drink at Procrastination Station. My current order: Dirty Dirty Chai (2 shots of espresso), almond milk, and a half pump of caramel.


8:30 a.m. — Class in Machmer (Drugs in Society — an upper-level sociology class). We’ll usually discuss readings that have been assigned for homework and always reach the conclusion that drugs, though interesting, are Bad. Capital “B.”


9:45 a.m. — My first class ends, and I walk to the Campus Recreation Center (Rec). This is my favorite time to go because it is pretty empty.  Most students are either just waking up for class or still asleep.


11:15 a.m. — Leave Rec and go to my second class of day (Research Methods in Political and Social Sciences — an upper-level course that is super helpful to anyone who plans on writing a thesis or conducting any personal research). My professor brings her dog, Max, to every class so I spend the majority of my time petting and giving him treats.


12:30 p.m. — Class ends, and I walk somewhere to post-up and work. To be productive, I have realized I need a good balance of natural light, background noise, and ambience. My top work spots are the Design Building, South College, Hamp Café, and Share (café in town).


3:45 p.m. — Pack-up work and head to final class of the day (Adoption Mentor Program — a seminar for the program I am in).  It’s a sister-program of Big Brother/Big Sisters in which college adoptees are matched with younger adoptees in order to serve as a role model, support system, and friend.


5:30 p.m. — Final class ends, and I walk toward a dining hall to meet my friends for dinner. Usually, its Berk or Hamp, but every once in a while we decide on Frank! “Squad Din,” as we affectionally call it, is the most important part of my day.  It is the time I finally get to unwind and enjoy my friends' company. 


7:30/8:00 p.m. — Walk, bus, or drive back to North with two of my roommates and either continue to unwind or grind out some more work, depending on my to-do list.


11:00 p.m. — Hit the hay and tell myself, “Another day, another dollar.”


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