Day in the Life of a Foundation Year Student

NacomiNacomi is a student in Foundation Year. She elected to share one of her long days that includes an evening science lab. Most days, students are on campus from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m.
It’s Monday. I wake up, get ready, and begin my day. Morning usually starts with a bowl of cereal—Lucky Charms are my favorite. I’m out the door and in my car by 8:00 a.m.

8:10 a.m.
I’m listening to the radio as I arrive near campus and start scouting a parking spot. I usually look for one near my former high school, as it’s close to campus. 8:30 a.m.
I find a quiet place to study before my first class begins—usually Snell Library or the Curry Center.

9:15 a.m.
English class starts. This week, we’re studying about food and its role in relationships, art, and life. I find it particularly exciting because I love food! Professor Lantinga reminds us to focus on the details and helps bring the subject matter to life in different ways. For instance, our class watched “What’s Cooking?,” a movie about how four different families celebrate Thanksgiving. It was really interesting. As far as assignments go, I recently wrote a five-page essay on a memorable meal—mine described my high school graduation dinner.

10:20 a.m.
Class ends and I head to the Curry Center to start on homework. Because Foundation Year provides us with laptops, I can do my homework anywhere, not just at the library.

12:00 p.m.
I meet with my writing tutor to go over my upcoming essays. Twice a week, we meet on campus. He reviews my work with me and provides suggestions for improvement so that I can make corrections before my assignments are due. If I still have questions, I can email him to ask for help. On other days, we meet with student advisors who conduct workshops on important life skills, like time management. They also meet with us in small groups to discuss our academic progress and ways that we might improve.

12:30 p.m.
I return to the Curry Center for lunch. I usually bring my own. Today it’s a turkey and cheese sub and a Red Bull for later.

1:15 p.m.
I resume studying, check email, and visit with friends.

3:00 p.m.
I meet up with my newly formed biology study group. Together, we do the pre-lab work that’s required for tonight’s biology class.

4:15 p.m.
Our study group is done, but I still have some other work to finish, so I hit the books once again and then head over to biology—my only evening class. On all other days, my classes end by 5:00 (or earlier).

5:50 p.m.
Biology 1 starts with a lecture. This week, we’re learning about cells. Next week we begin studying organelles. I chose this elective because it’s a great foundation for the career I’d like to pursue—physical therapy.

7:50 p.m.
The lecture is finished, so now we begin our labs. Today we’re examining different types of cells, including cheek cells and onion cells. Cool!

10:00 p.m.
Lab is over and it’s time to head home. It’s late, so I offer to drive a fellow student home.

10:45 p.m.
I’m home. Dinner is waiting for me—it’s fish. Monday is usually fish night. Did I mention that I love food?

11:30 p.m.
Time for bed!