I make a significant effort to maintain good health, which can sometimes be challenging with a busy college routine. I try to make it to the gym four or five times a week, and make healthy meals whenever I can. Yesterday I woke up at 6:30 for the gym, because I knew if I didn't get a workout in before class I wouldn’t end up going that day. I set my alarm for 5:30 but had a tough time getting up and finally forced myself out of bed after an hour of hitting the snooze button on my phone alarm. After getting dressed in gym clothes, washing my face, and brushing my teeth, I drove to the gym and parked in the pay station student lot. I started my workout with core exercises, followed by five sets of twenty repetitions on the leg press. I finished my workout with lunges and some jump squats so that I could get a little bit of cardio in. After driving home I made myself a healthy breakfast of egg whites and wheat toast with avocado, as well we a protein shake. Then I showered and got dressed for class, feeling upbeat and energized from starting my morning in productive way.
As a full time student, the majority of my day is dedicated to academics. Being a pre-med biology major requires a large time commitment, and I feel like I’m constantly in class or doing homework. Yesterday I had one of my easiest class schedules, with only two classes to attend. My first class was one I am taking with my younger sister, who is a freshman here. We did a partner activity together in class, and walked to our next classes together afterwards. In my second class I had a quiz that I felt like I scored fairly well on, since I had spent a good amount of time studying the night before. I was out of classes by 1:00 in the afternoon, which gave me a nice break to relax and also to get some of my homework done.
Aside from academics, my biggest commitment is volunteering. I volunteer ten hours a week in three different hospitals. Yesterday my volunteer work was at Cooley Dickinson hospital. I left my house to drive to the hospital around 3:30 in the afternoon. My shift began at 4pm and I started off by organizing patient files and setting up new binders for the nurses and doctors to use. I did some other office organization tasks such as filing the printers and copiers with paper, and cleaning the desk drawers. I then went around the medical-surgical floor and filled cabinets with gowns and gloves for staff and visitors to use as precautions when entering the rooms of sick patients. Afterwards, I stocked patient’s closets with toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair combs, soap, lotion, and socks. I finished the shift by distributing dinner trays to the patients.
My favorite activities of my daily routine are the times I spend with my roommates. On any typical day I spend all of my free time with them. Yesterday I had breakfast with my roommate in the morning, and then we walked to campus together from our house. Her classes ended before mine so she picked me up from my afternoon class and we got Dunkin' Donuts iced coffees together. I made lunch and ate with three of my roommates who were home. We listened to music and laughed during lunch and told each other about how our days had been so far. Afterwards, I drove one of my roommates to class then came back home and did some homework while I hung out with my other roommates who were still home. The end of my day was spent with my roommates as well; after I volunteered I came home and had dinner and a glass of wine with my roommates then we got dressed and ready together then spent a few hours hanging out with our other friends in downtown Amherst.