The other week I talked about the Italian school system. Today I’ve decided to share the typical day of an Italian college student. I also wanted to show how different and how similar being a student in different countries or majors can be. One thing is sure, we all love our coffees and hitting snooze in the morning.
For this post, I’ve got some help from 3 awesome ladies, who are sharing their typical day as a student. Lauren studies musical theater and blogs at Glitter & Grandeur. Blondie just graduated from college with a mechanical engineering degree and a physics minor and blogs at Blonde Roast by the Coast. Alyssa is a religious studies and political science student and blogs at The Wise Willow.
A day in the life of a Psychology student
I’ve recently (well, it’s been 4 months already) graduated from the University of Milan-Bicocca with a degree in Developmental Psychology. Of course, every semester and even every day within the same semester was a bit different. I’ve decided to talk about a typical day during my last semester of college here in Italy.
My course load was pretty light, still it felt like it was the hardest semester ever. I had to take just an 8-credits course, psychology of gender differences and inequalities, which I loved. And a 4-credits lab, which I didn’t like that much and skipped as much as I could. But then, I had to take care of the research study for my dissertation and I had to actually write my dissertation, which wasn’t easy and pretty time consuming, but it was my favorite part of all these years.
6.30 am // Rise and shine! I don’t mind waking up early (most of the times I’m up by 8 even if I’m home with nothing to do all day). But I hate the moment I actually wake up and have to get out of bed. So, after hitting snooze a couple of times, I get my coffee and my cereals, and then life gets a bit better.
7:36 am – 7:50 am // Based on how much time I wasted checking my emails and social media and getting ready to get out of the house, I used to catch either the 7.36 or the 7.50 train. If the train was on time, I usually enjoyed a slow walk from the station to the school where I was conducting the study for my dissertation. If the train was late, I got to enjoy a little power walk, but they all recommend to workout in the morning so it was okay.
8:30 am // I set up the classroom and all the material I needed and then started the activities and the tests with the kids. Some of these activities were fun, others were kind of boring for me (especially one where you had to listen to the same two sounds over and over again). But all the kids seemed to enjoy every “game” and some of them even asked me to do something twice – of course, they usually asked to repeat the most boring ones.
12:00-ish pm // I used to take the metro (aka subway or tube, we call it metro here) to go to university, as I always had a class (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 12.30 to 2.30) or the laboratory (Monday and Friday, from 12.30 to 4.30) in the afternoon. I used to have lunch while taking yet another power walk to class.
2:36 pm // Most of the times, I made it to the station and I went home right after my class with the 2:36 train. But if the class ran late, or if I had to stay to talk with a professor, or if I had to go get a book, I stayed there and studied at the library all afternoon.
3:30-ish pm // Study time! I used to go over all the notes I’ve taken during the day, then the assigned readings and sometimes, when I was feeling super productive, I even started preparing my notes for the next days.
5:15 pm // Tea time, except I don’t like tea, so it’s coffee or juice or a yoghurt for me. Usually, at this time both my sister and my mother were home so we had a snack all together and relax a bit.
5:30 pm // Some more study time. I usually tried to read some new material and papers for my dissertation or do some of the data analysis. But a lot of times it was just me wasting time on the computer.
7:00 pm // Relax and/or workout.
8:00-ish pm // Dinner time.
9:00 pm // Time to catch up on social media and binge-watch tv-shows.
12:00 am // Finally bed time!
A day in the life of a Musical Theatre student
Hello loves! My name is Lauren Norton and I blog over at Glitter & Grandeur. I am a lifestyle blogger & actress spreading sparkle to inspire others in living a happy, positive life – with some theatre tips and tricks thrown in for good measure. 🙂
A day in my life is a little different than most college students, so bear with me. I am in my final semester for my Masters of Music degree in Musical Theatre. This means I take 9 graduate credit hours a semester (most of them involving performing so I don’t have a ton of written homework or tests – instead I perform in class for a grade) – in other words less classes but more work. I also work three jobs, in addition to blogging, but two of them are only on weekends so I won’t mention them here. Anyway, here is a typical day in my life!
6:30am // My first alarm goes off. I hit snooze… even though I shouldn’t. I should get up and workout but, let’s be real, that never happens.
7:00am // I actually wake up. Then, I proceed to lay in bed for 5-10 minutes while I contemplate what to wear and check social media on my phone. I’m not a morning person. I rush to get ready, make a massive cup of coffee, and run out the door.
8:00am-11:00am // Work at the on-campus library. Gotta pay the bills!
11:00am-1:00pm // Class time! On Mondays & Wednesdays, I have Ballet from 12-12:50. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have On-Camera Acting from 11-12:15.
1:00pm-2:30pm // Depending on the day, this time is used to grab a quick lunch and practice my music. I will have a 30 minute voice lesson or vocal coaching each day during this time as well. Lots of singing! These are my favorite classes.
2:30pm-3:00pm // During this time, I do little tasks or grab coffee. Tasks could include: catching up on blog social media, copying music, meeting with professors, or chatting with friends.
3:00pm-4:00pm // On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have Musical Theatre Dance class. It is a ton of fun! We learn choreography for various Broadway shows. Other days of the week, this time is used for writing/editing my thesis or applying for future jobs.
4:00pm-6:00pm // My school day is over! I use this time to crank out some focused productivity whether it be writing a blog post, working on my thesis, doing homework, practicing my music, etc. I do this either at my desk in my apartment or in the on-campus library. I prefer the library because I tend to nap if I go home.
6:00pm // Cook and eat dinner! I usually watch Netflix while I do this.
7:00pm // If I am in a show, I usually go to rehearsals from 7:00-10:30pm. If I’m not in a show, I use this time to catch up on blog promotion through social media or relax until bedtime.
10:30pm // It is time to get ready for bed! This doesn’t always happen, but it is my ideal scenario.
10:45pm // Crawl into bed and read a book or watch Netflix until I fall asleep — which usually occurs around midnight.
And that is my day! It gets pretty hectic at times but I love what I do.
A day in the life of a Mechanical Engineering and Physics student
Hey there, everyone! I’m Blondie from Blonde Roast by the Coast – a lifestyle blog for the coffee, cleaning, cooking, and cat-obsessed.
I’m not actually a college student anymore, but Sarah was nice enough to include me on this post. I just graduated from college in May with a Mechanical Engineering Degree and Physics Minor. Although my college career was focussed mostly on my schoolwork, I also held executive positions in my social sorority and the academic engineering fraternity on my campus. Now, without further ado, a day in the life of Blondie!
6:30am // My first alarm goes off. That’s a funny joke. I turn it off.
6:40am-7:50am // My alarms go off every 10 minutes until my roommate (and best friend) Steph bangs on my door and tells me it’s time to get up.
7:50am-8:00am // Start brewing coffee, brush teeth, get dressed, throw hair up, grab a granola bar and my coffee, and power-walk to class on the opposite side of campus (I went to a REALLY small school)
8:00am-9:15am // Class. My 8am classes were usually upper-level math or physics classes so they were pretty hard for so early in the morning.
9:30am-10:45am // Actually get ready for my day – grab a shower, hair, make-up, the whole nine. Then Steph and I would usually head to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee and some food. Once we got back we would get our planners out and get organized for the day.
11:00am-12:15pm // Another class – usually upper level engineering, so still difficult, but more hands-on and interesting.
12:30pm-1:00pm // Academic club meetings – such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Math Association of America, and things like that.
1:00pm-2:00pm // Senior Physics Class. My school was so small that it was just me and one other student, George in this class. So it was actually really fun to just hang out with George and Dr. Clarke for lab.
2:00pm-6:00pm // Senior Engineering Lab/Senior Project. I won’t bore you with what these classes actually consisted of, but they were exhausting.
6:00pm-7:00pm // Dinner – the food in the caf was horrendous, so I would usually run to the Bar and Grill on campus to have a quick dinner and “assess the damage” (see how much homework I had for the night).
7:00pm-8:30pm // Meetings – Monday was for the Executive council for the Engineering Fraternity, Tuesday was for Executive Council for the Sorority, and Thursday was for Chapter Meeting of the Engineering Fraternity.
8:30pm-2:00am // Homework. SO. MUCH. HOMEWORK. My friend Cathy and I would usually head to a cute lounge in her dorm, listen to Maroon 5 or Ed Sheeren and do homework.
2:00am // Cathy made a promise to herself to call it quits around 2am most nights. So that’s when I would head back to my apartment. My roommates usually left it a mess so I would usually clean up and set up my homework at the kitchen island.
2:15am-4:00am // Keep working. I was taking more classes than the rest of my classmates because I wanted that Physics Minor so badly. I would usually stay up until 4. If I had a lab report and test the next day I would be up all night. But that only happened a couple of times.
4:15am // Hopefully, I’m in bed emotionally preparing for the next day and dreading the moment when I hear Steph bang on my door.
So there you have it! The day in the life of an engineering student.
Honestly, I can’t say that I miss it. The working world suits me a lot better, but there are days that I miss having a break between classes to grab food with Steph or listening to Maroon 5 with Cathy as we panicked about our grades. Looking back now, I think it was all worth it, but at the time it sure didn’t feel that way!
A day in the life of a Religious Studies and Political Science student
Hi everyone! I’m Alyssa, a second-year college student and lifestyle blogger at The Wise Willow! I am a Religious Studies and Political Science double major, and I’m excited to tell you about a day in my college life!
Monday/Friday: On Mondays and Fridays my first class (African Politics) starts at 10am, so I have some time to wake up, send emails, and get caught up on other tasks that got pushed back the day before. I’m not really a morning person, but I do like to have time to wake up before my classes. My alarm usually goes off at 7:30am, but I definitely press snooze a few times before getting out of bed. I like to wake up by making some coffee and my breakfast in my dorm room, and getting on my computer to check emails and social media! For breakfast I usually have oatmeal, a few peanut butter and banana rice cakes, or a vegan protein smoothie!
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: I work at my campus Office of Admission in the morning on these days of the week, so I wake up around 7am (I get out of bed at about 7:15 once I stop pressing snooze!). I make coffee and eat breakfast before walking to work for my 2.5 hour shift. I love working there, and it’s a great way to start my day!
Monday-Wednesday, Friday: Lunch at 11:15am, and study time to catch up on assignments and projects. I have class (Statistics) from 1-1:50pm, and I have another class from 2:30-3:50pm (either Religion or Education, depending on the day). Once I’m done with these classes, I like to go back to my dorm room and drop off my extra class stuff and pick up materials for my evening classes and activities (and to make more coffee!).
The evenings are when most of my activities (besides classes and work) start! On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays I have an Italian class (4:30 to 5:30 on Monday and 5:30 to 6:30 on Tuesday/Thursday). I love this class! It is a self-directed course for two credits, and I eventually am hoping to study in Italy for my Masters!
I have dinner in the dining hall at 6:30, and then walk to the library to start working on homework and projects for the evening. Sometimes there will be events that I will go to at 8 or 9pm depending on the time of semester.
Throughout this evening time I will write blog posts and watch YouTube videos as study breaks, and I usually end up leaving the library by midnight or 12:30am. I get back to my dorm room, shower, and go to bed!
Next semester I am also taking 18 credits (4 four credit classes and the 2 credit Italian class), so my daily schedule will be quite similar! It can be a busy schedule at times, but I have loved all of my endeavors! I hope that this gave you a glimpse into my college experience, and I wrote a post about my daily college life last year if you are interested in seeing how it has changed over the course of a year!
How is/was your typical day as a college student? Is/was it similar to ours?