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A Day in the Life of an Undergraduate

UW Senior Alisa Song has generously offered to take us along as she goes through her day at the University of Washington. Alisa is majoring in mathematics and economics, with a minor in international studies, and plans to graduate in June 2013. -Ed.

5:30 a.m.  Alarm goes off. I fall back asleep.

5:33 a.m.  I wake up and go through the morning routine of contemplating the pros and cons of going to my Beginners’ Yoga class at the IMA. I sleepily visualize my morning yoga class. My bed is definitely more comfortable than trying to make my heels touch the ground while attempting a downward dog. On the other hand, skipping class this morning will only make it harder to attend the next class. Plus, I’ve grown particularly fond of my quiet classmates who have struggled with me, class after class.

5:40 a.m.  As usual, I decide to go for it and get out of bed.

6:39 a.m. I am half-awake on the bus ride to campus. There was more traffic than usual today. I get off the bus and realize that I have to sprint toward the IMA if I want to be on time.

6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. After a four-minute sprint through the Burke-Gilman Trail and up a flight of stairs, I arrive at Studio 316 in the IMA. With 30 seconds to spare I am wide-awake, sitting on my squishy yoga mat and ready for class to begin.

Yoga in Studio 316

Bright sunlight fills Studio 316 in the early morning.

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. I get back to main campus and, with  a couple minutes before my next class, decide to study on the ground floor of Suzzallo Library for a quiz that I will be taking in my first class today.

9:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. My Public Relations and Society class is in the Communications building— about a 20-second walk from Suzzallo. This is a morning class, but nearly everyone comes to every session. Today we learn the basics of consumer relations and review case studies from our textbook.

11:30 a.m. Lunchtime! The weather is chilly, so there are only a dozen students hanging out in Red Square. Most students probably chose to eat inside Suzzallo Café or at By George Café. I decide to get food from one of the food trucks on Red Square. I order a BBQ Slider smothered in Carolina Mustard Sauce with a side of Macaroni and Cheese. Since there is no line, my hot food is ready in two minutes.

Food Trucks on Red Square

Food trucks became a popular place for students to get food while the Husky Union Building was being renovated these past two years.

1:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Next, it is time for my International Trade class in Savery Hall, which is located at the bottom of the Quad. This building is the home of the Economics, Sociology and Philosophy Departments and was renovated in 2009. Savery is easily one of my favorite buildings on campus; the building’s exterior retained its original, breathtakingly beautiful look while its indoors were given a modern update with fast elevators, large classrooms and spacious hallways.

4:00 p.m.  By the time my economics class is over, I am in the mood for a hot cup of coffee. I have plans to catch up with a friend I met in a previous economics course. We decide to meet in the basement of the Art building, which hosts Parnassus Café. This café is student-run and serves arguably the best coffee on campus.

6:00 p.m. After coffee, I head to Room 202 in Thomson Hall, where the Jackson School Student Association Club is holding its weekly meeting. Our meeting focuses on an upcoming lecture panel about the crisis in Mali. We put together a list of professors that we will ask to speak during this panel.

6:30 p.m. After nearly 12 hours on campus, it is time for me to take a bus home.

7:30 p.m. It takes me an hour to get home with the evening traffic. At home, I eat spaghetti for dinner with my family.

8:00 p.m. My brother and I both love the television show “Friends.” I have all 10 seasons downloaded on my iTunes, so we spend the next 45 minutes watching a couple episodes together.

9:00 p.m. I don’t have any homework due until the middle of next week. I decide to spend some time on Tumblr, my favorite social media platform. Tumblr is a microblogging website that is mainly photo-based. I devote the next hour to reblogging photos of tantalizing plates of food, beautiful clothes I want to own and impossibly fat puppies.

10:45 p.m. After a long and eventful day, I am ready for sleep. I set my alarm on my phone and fall asleep well before midnight.

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