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Different Figure Descriptions

Submitted by asalamon on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:01

Figure 1. Drosera rotundifolia.  Drosera rotundifolia has tendril-like extensions which collect dew. "Drosera rotundifolia." flickr photo by Free the Image shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Figure 2. Water Properties.  Surface tension is one of the properties of water as seen on the Drosera rotundifolia which keeps the water in spheres on the tips of the red tendrils. "Drosera rotundifolia." flickr photo by Free the Image shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license


Making Figures with Inkscape

Submitted by sbrewer on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:59

Screencasts for making multipanel scientific figures using Inkscape

Creating Figures: Part 1. Compositing
Creating Figures: Part 2. Labels and Arrows
Creating Figures: Part 3. Document Properties and Exporting


  • Think ahead of time. What is your figure going to look like? Should you crop imagery ahead of time? Do you need to adjust image or exposure? (Note: Some journals don't allow digital manipulation of imagery). Do this in a bitmap editing program (e.g. GIMP or Photoshop).
  • Do all your work in a folder. Put your image files in there. Save your SVG file in there. Save early and often.


  1. Import all your images: Either Link or Embed. Note things can be “above” or “below” others. Click or drag over to select. Hold the “shift” key to select multiple objects.
  2. Composite your images to make your design: Lock proportions to avoid stretching. Turn “snapping” on or off. Set height and width directly to resize. Use Align and Distribute (switch to "relative to first selected").
  3. Construct one label: Consider font and contrast.
  4. Duplicate label to make more: Select label, duplicate object, move. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Finish each label: Replace each letter as necessary. Use Align and Distribute to center. Use align and distribute to put labels at corners of each panel.
  6. Create arrows: Use the Line Tool to draw a straight line segment (click, click-click). Then use Fill and Stroke tool to set the line width and add arrow head to start (or end).
  7. Set the Page Size: Open Document Properties. Resize Page to Drawing. Set background to not be transparent (increase alpha channel to 255).
  8. Export Finished Figure: Export PAGE. Set width to 1200pixels. Save with name “Lastname-Original.png” The resultant PNG file is your finished figure.

Note: Do not share your finished figure or include in your METHODS manuscript until your methods have been followed!


Daily Exercise

Submitted by wdoyle on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:37

Daily Routine: Approx. 52.5 min

I woke up at 6:45am

Slept again until 7am

Brushed my teeth

Took vitamins 

Showered and changed

Made breakfast and coffee

Ate breakfast


Personal Health: Approx. 55 min

Did squats

Did deadlifts

Did power cleans

Did calf raises

Did leg extensions and curls


I was joined by a close friend today for my daily workout before heading to Umass. We started off with squats, doing 4 sets of 6 repetitions starting at 185 pounds and increasing 40/50 pounds each time until 315 pounds was done. We then rotated between calf raises and deadlifts. Calf raises being more of a burn exercise, we did 20 to 25 repetitions of 185 pounds for 4 sets. Deadlifts were done in a similar way to squats, with 4 sets of 6 repetitions done from 185 to 315 pounds. Additional repetitions were done to see if I could increase my personal best, and I was able to deadlift 405 pounds for a new max repetition. Power cleans were done next, but having not done them in a long time and being exhausted from earlier exercises, 3 sets of 8 repetitions were done from 95 to 135 pounds. Finally, leg extension and curl machines were used for 3 sets of 10 repetitions ranging from 145 to 175 pounds.


Transportation: Approx. 85 min

Drove with my friend to workout

Got back home

Drove to my Umass lot

Rode the bus to the ILC stop

Walked to my physics class

Went to a lounge between classes

Walked to the BCRC


Academic: Approx. 115 min

Worked on group problems in physics

Brainstormed/coordinated with my team what topic we would cover in our assigned physics project

Finished up the Scientific Literature assignment for this class


List of my days activities

Submitted by nkantorovich on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:34
  • I woke up this morning. (5)

  • I checked my phone. (5)

  • I put on my contacts. (2)

  • I got dressed. (10)

  • I brushed my teeth. (5)

  • I walked to the bus stop. (5)

  • I got on the bus. (1)

  • I walked to Frank. (5)

  • I ate breakfast. (25)

  • I walked to my physics class. (5)

  • I took notes (50 min)

  • I left my class (2)

  • I walked to work. (5)

  • I worked. (60)

  • I left work (2)

  • I walked to my Plant ecology class. (10)

  • I took notes (50 min)

  • I left that class (2)

  • I walked to my Neurobio class. (10)

  • I took notes (50)

  • I left that class (2)

  • I walked to MorrilI. (5)

  • I bought a snack.  (5)

  • I walked to my writing in Biology class. (5)

  • I ate my snack in the BCRC.(5)



  • Morning Activities

  • Transportation throughout the day

  • In-class Activities

  • Eating on campus

  • Transitions in the day


Transportation throughout the day:

Transportation takes up a large portion of my day. Walking is the primary form of transportation that I used on campus. I spent 50 minutes of my day today waking while I spent 10 minutes using other forms of transportation. I will list the breakdown of my day based on these forms of transportation. I walked to the bus stop and I got on the bus. I got off the bus at the first stop on campus and I walked to Frank. After a period of time, I walked to my physics class. At the end of my class, I walked to work. From there, I walked to my Plant ecology class. After that, I walked to my Neurobio class. At the end of that class, I walked to MorrilI II. From Morril II, I walked to my writing in Biology class.


My day

Submitted by mpetracchi on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:32

School work

Go to first class

Finish class walk around 

Next class in same hall

Do some homework

Meet with Grad Lab TA

Do homework



Go to frank/eat

Go to Worcester/eat

Go to hamp/eat


Morning/night routine

Wake up to alarm

Check phone

Get up from bed

Drink water

Go to the bathroom

Get changed

brush teeth

Do some HW if I have any

Get my school stuff


Get changed





Go to gym

Hang out with friends

Hang out



Head out to bus stop

Get off bus by fine arts center

Wait for bus

Go back to apartment

Drive to campus

Drive back to apartment


Paragraph for morning/night routine

On a daily basis I wake up at 9:30 AM to my alarm and turn it off. Then I check my phone for any emails or messages I should be responding to, mainly school emails or friends and family. Once I'm ready, I get up from my bed and stretch a bit before standing up. From here I go to the kitchen and drink some water because I get thirsty at night. I go to the bathroom and then back to my room to get changed. If I had missd any work in from last night I try nd get some done during this time. My stuff school is generally sprawled out on my desk so I pack it up in my bag. Now I'm ready to go out to the bus and go to school. Having this routine prepares me for the day and anything I may come across. When my day has concluded I make sure to shower and clean myself up before bed. I leave the shower and get changed for bed. From here I try and fall asleep quick to get the most amount of time sleeping


In-class Exercises

Submitted by imadjidov on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:30
  • Woke up 

  • Fixed the bed

  • Took a shower

  • Put some clothes on

  • Walked downstairs to eat breakfast

  • Rushed out the door

  • Turned on the car and started to drive

  • Got stuck on BigE traffic

  • Drove for 30 minutes

  • Parked the vehicle in Lot12

  • Rushed to the bust stop

  • Missed the bus

  • Waited for another bus

  • Made it on time to class

  • Participated

  • Walked to the cafe and had breakfast

  • Advising some students during the advising hours

  • Met with a friend to finish a hw

  • Tried to get lunch, but realized card was left at the car


Activities in the house: (60 minutes)

  • Waking up

  • Fixing the bed

  • Taking a shower

  • Clothes 

  • Walking to the car

Vehicle: (60 minute)

  • Turning on the car and starting to drive

  • Getting stuck in traffic

  • Driving

  • Parking

Bus Stop: (30 minute)

  • Rushing to the bus stop

  • Missing the bus

  • Waiting for another bus

Campus: (180 minute)

  • Made it on time for class

  • Participated

  • Breakfast at the Cafe

Advising: (360 minutes)

  • Advised two students at the CNS office

Meeting: (60 minute)

  • Meeting to discuss homework

Bus Stop #2: (30 minute)

  • Leaving money in the car

  • Taking a bus back to the car




I organized my daily activities as activities in the house, vehicle, bus stop, campus, advising, meeting, bus stop 2, and lunch. This morning I woke up without an alarm clock. I fixed my bed and took a shower. I did not have much time, so I quickly put on some clothes, and walked out to my car. I categorized such activities as being in my house. All such activities took a total of 60 minutes. The next activities took place in my vehicle. This consisted of turning on the car, getting stuck in traffic, and driving to the campus. All the activities took a total of 60 minutes. The next list of activities took place at the bus stop. I missed my first bus so I had to wait for another one. I made it to my morning class, I participated, and I had breakfast, which consisted of a single muffin. After my morning class, I did my advising hours. During advising, I helped two students with navigating Spire. After advising, I met with my classmate to work on homework that is due tonight. 


what I did in a day

Submitted by ziweiwang on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:30

The category that I have the most activities on is hygiene. However, when I listed the amount of time that I spent on each activity, I also spent the least amount of time on hygiene. I think that this is due to the fact that while there are many varieties of things that I do throughout the day that is related to hygiene but none of them actually take very long.  For example, brushing teeth and washing face only takes 5 min even the longest activity in this category, taking a bath, 45 min, is still shorter than things like reading, which I do at stretches of hours at a time. It is also interesting, at least to me that this category is the most reflexive of all of the categories. almost everything comes in the sets of twos. I brush my teeth twice a day. I change twice, I put on make up, and I take it off. This shows that the category often bookends the day. This is different from things like work where I just do a certain thing at a certain time and never come back to it at a later time. The short time, the number of activity and the fact that it bookends the day indicates that this category of the day is something that is necessary to my daily life but is not necessarily something that I would think to myself that this is something that I'm going to do today.












General Daily Routine

Submitted by bpmccarthy on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:28

Things I did on campus

  • Went to class
  • Went to the library to do homework
  • Ate lunch
  • Went to the gym and worked out

Things I did at home

  • Woke up
  • Got dressed
  • Made and ate breakfast
  • Did the dishes
  • Brushed my teeth
  • Did homework
  • Watched TV
  • Got ready for bed
  • Went to sleep

Getting ready

  • Brushed my teeth
  • Showered
  • Put in contacts
  • Getting dressed

Places I went to eat

  • Dining Hall
  • Home

Places I went to do homework/study

  • Library
  • Home



I woke and checked my phone. After looking at my phone for 10 or so minutes, I get out of bed and go to the bathroom. I then head to the kitchen where I make breakfast and eat it. After I’m done with breakfast, I wash any dishes I used and return to my room to get dressed. After I get dressed, I brush my teeth and put in my contact lenses. I then gather anything I need for school and leave my house for my car. I drive to campus lot 12 and then walk to class. After being in class I head to the library to get some work done. I then head to the dining hall to eat some lunch, after which is usually time for my next class. After my last class, I head to the gym to work out. I then head back to my car and drive back home. Once inside I shower and then eat some dinner. If there is work, I feel needs to be done I would then do it, otherwise I would relax and watch TV or play guitar. Once I’m tired, I’ll get ready for bed and then go to sleep.


Daily routine

Submitted by smomalley on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:28

Categories of the day:

- morning

My morning routine is almost the same every day, the timing varies depending on when my classes or work starts. In the morning I wake up, shut off my alarm, and sit on my phone for a few minutes. I get out of bed and go to the bathroom to shower. After that I go to the kitchen for breakfast. For breakfast I have vanilla yogurt and fruit. I sit at the kitchen table and talk to my roommates. After breakfast I go to my room to get dressed and ready for the day. I pack my backpack with my charger, notebooks, laptop, a snack, and my waterbottle. I put my headphones in and walk out the door, locking it behind me, and walk down the street to the bus stop. The bus is usually late so I stand at the bus stop while other people arrive to wait. I get on the bus and stand while the bus makes its way to campus. I get off the bus at the ILC and walk to my first class. Almost everyday by first class is in Hasbrouke. I sit in class and take notes while the professor lectures. When the class ends I made my way to bluewall to get lunch. 

- afternoon

- eat lunch, go to class, take the bus home, walk from the bus stop to my house, go in and talk with my roommates

- evening

- make dinner, eat, clean my dishes, sit in the living room, do homework, watch netflix, get ready for bed, sit on my phone, go to sleep


Day's activities

Submitted by zalam on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:27


I woke up at 7AM and brushed my teeth, after which I picked an outfit and changed. I met my friends outside of my dorm and we walked to class together. I had a granola bar on the way. The first class was a 50 minute Psychology lecture. At the end of it I walked over to Tobin for my neurobiology research lab and Nisl stained microscope slides for 2 hours. Then I went to my second class of the day for another 50 minutes - History lecture. I had some time at hand, so I had lunch and did some homework at the Campus Center. Finally I went to the last class of the day – Biochemistry and at the end of it, walked over to a lab meeting for my psychology lab, which had lasted for 1 hour. I had dinner at Frank and then went back to my room. 


Food/Meals - Granola bar, Lunch, Dinner

Labs - Neurobiology lab; Psychology lab

Academics/classes - Biochemistry, History, Psychology



On my way to class, I had a chocolate Cliff bar to avoid missing breakfast. Around 1:10pm, I had a longer break than usual, so I first walked over to the library to get food. However, they were almost out and there was a long line of people waiting. Then I decided to go to Blue Wall and get a rice bowl from Tamales. After my lab meeting ended around 6PM, I decided to meet up with my friends for dinner at Franklin dining hall. It took us a while to find a table and settle down. Then I went to the sandwich station to get a tuna sandwich. 


Average Day

Submitted by rbudnick on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:26

The categories I created were: sleep, food, academics, and leisure.
I am not providing a list of all my daily activities.

The category I will be detailing is academics. This encompasses anything to do with school and my education.
This begins early in the morning when my alarm goes off, always set an hour and a half before my first class to give ample time to do anything else I need to do before class. It takes about 5 minutes to check over my email for information about the day’s classes and to check the class websites for announcements and check on assignments. Next, I head to class, between 10 and 1 depending on the day. Walking to class takes between 10 and 15 minutes depending on the class location. Class each day can take between 3 and 6 hours. This includes the 5-10 minute walks needed to get from each class to the next. Once class is over I head home, where I write a list of what homework needs to be done for the evening or for the next few days. I spend 60 to 120 minutes initially doing homework that needs to be done, usually that time is spent doing readings for the course. I continue doing homework for another 120 or more minutes after a short break, and if needed continue after dinner break. I will spend around 5 minutes before bed sending emails or asking questions to classmates or professors as needed. This has an upper estimate of 281 minutes a day spent on academics.


Daily Routine

Submitted by nskinner on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:26

Morning Routine: 8am-10am

  • I woke up
  • I grabbed my dogs’ leash and put her collar on and walked my dog
  • Brushed teeth
  • Fed all my pets
  • Made a cup of coffee and drank coffee
  • Replaced the seat to my bike
  • Showered
  • Got dressed for work
  • Made myself a lunch to bring to work.

Errands 10:00am-10:20am

  • Drove to PetSmart.
  • Stopped at PetSmart along the way.
  • Purchased bird seed at PetSmart

Work Routine 10:20am-8:45pm

  • Drove to work
  • Clocked in at work
  • Started to look at appointments on my schedule
  • Saw several appointments
  • Took lunch
  • Saw more appointment
  • Cleaned the hospital treatment area
  • Drove home

Nightly Routine 8:45pm-11pm

  • Showered again
  • Ate dinner
  • Wrote for about 30 minutes for this class.
  • Watched Netflix
  • Went to bed


My morning routine starts with waking up and ends with getting ready for work. In between those activities are various things that I need to get done every morning as well some as to-do list activities that get done occasionally. On Thursday morning this week I woke up naturally without an alarm clock at about 7:00am. I brushed my teeth. The first thing I do every morning after brushing my teeth is grab my dogs’ collar and leash and put them on her and take her for a walk. I then go back inside with her and take her leash off. I feed her, my cats, my birds, and lastly my tortoise. I then made a cup of coffee from a pot of coffee that was already made by someone else and drank it. Once I finished my cup of coffee I went out to my garage and replaced the seat to my bike with tools that were located in the garage. I then went back into my house and showered. After showering, I got dressed in my scrubs for work. It then packed my lunch by grabbing a tuber ware of left overs out of the fridge and putting it in my work bag.


AQ 9/13 In-class Exercise

Submitted by atquang on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:25

I woke up and brushed my teeth.

I greeted a floormate “Good morning.”

I got changed for school.

I decided what should or should not be in my backpack.

I walked to physics class.

On the way to class, I opened up Pokemon Go to swipe at Pokestops.I sat in physics class.

I got an email for a lab research opportunity during class

I walked to Morill to meet up with the professor and I was able to get the position.

I signed a paper to be able to take 1 credit from the lab as Independent Study.

I went to Worcester Dining Hall to eat.

I studied for my EMT test on Saturday while in Worcester until it was almost time to head for my next class.

I walked to genetics class.

I sat in genetics class.

I walked to the wrong room for my writing in biology class, but shortly got notified and found the right room.

I sat in my writing in biology class.




I walked to physics class.

I walked to Morill to meet up with the professor and I was able to get the position.

I walked to genetics class.

I walked to the wrong room for my writing in biology class, but shortly got notified and found the right room.


I sat in physics class.

I sat in genetics class.

I sat in my writing in biology class.


I woke up and brushed my teeth.

I got changed for school.

I decided what should or should not be in my backpack.

I studied for my EMT test on Saturday while in Worcester until it was almost time to head for my next class.


I greeted a floormate “Good morning.”

On the way to class, I opened up Pokemon Go to swipe at Pokestops.

I got an email for a lab research opportunity during class

I signed a paper to be able to take 1 credit from the lab as Independent Study.

I went to Worcester Dining Hall to eat.




    Walking is nothing more than a chore when trying to go from one place to the other. As a student, walking is the primary way of transportation. What feels worse is not knowing where to go when you are walking. Realizing you are walking the opposite direction of your destination makes you know your effort has gone down the drain. On the other hand, walking the same direction of your destination while knowing you haven’t made it to the end yet can feel less hopeless, as you can physically see progress being made each step of the way. It is hard for humans to continue to do something without seeing progress, but walking inhibits this. One special exception is when you are walking on a treadmill, in which you are going nowhere, and the only thing you know is that your heavy breathing is related to the extra burger you decided to eat for yesterday’s lunch. Walking with purpose is the key to gain motivation, whether it is to your academic classes, or to a job interview you have been excited for.


Thursday, self care

Submitted by semans on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:25

Self care: 575 min

I woke up and took a shower for 5 minutes. I made and drank a protein shake for 5 minutes. I made and drank my coffee over 10 minutes. I acquired a coffee from the cafeteria and drank it over about 15 minutes. I had dinner which took 10 minutes. I brushed my teeth for 5 minutes. I read my book for 75 minutes. I slept for 450 minutes.

Homework: 440 min

Class: 330 min

Travel: 50 min



Submitted by rmmcdonald on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:24

I woke up to my roommate's alarm. 

I climbed out of bed to make coffee. 

I reached under the kitchen sink to remove my metal tub of coffee grounds and coffee filters. 

I disposed of the coffee grounds left in the machine from yesterday and set up a new pot of coffee.

 While that brews I prepare myself for the day by getting dressed and brushing teeth. 

I bring up the daily new podcasts on my phone to listen to the recap of the presidential debates as I eat my pumpkin pie and drink my orange juice.

 I dumped my coffee into my coffee mug with some milk.

 I head to my civil war discussion section. 

I walk to shade tree labs for my pre med advising with wilmore webley.

 I walk to Durfey so that I can do work outside. 

I walk to blue wall to get food. 

I order a sandwich from the Deli. 

I took the sandwich to the geology lounge in order to consume it. 

I completed an assignment for my Roman history class.

 I walked to the BCRC to attend Writing and Biology. 




Walking: walking between buildings 

Preparing: preparing the coffee, the podcast, and myself

Eating: I ate the pumpkin pie and the sandwich 

Drinking: I drank the coffee and the orange juice

Working: I did work for class


Walking acts as my primary mode of transportation around campus. I spend approximately most of my time ambling between Morrill and the Honors College. This 7-10 minute stroll accommodates the largest distance I must walk, therefore taking the most time. Once I am on the other side of campus, where Morrill is located, most of my walks will not take longer than 5 minutes. The walk between Morrill and Blue Wall falls in the middle of the day and marks the time where I purchase lunch. I will then walk with my lunch to various locations to consume it. Today I again walked for 5 minutes from Blue Wall to Morrill so that I can eat my lunch in the geology lounge. Sometimes I get ambitious and walk around Morrill without a map when I need to find a professor’s office. In that case I spend an extra 15 minutes lost in Morrill until I give up and look at a map. At the end of the day, after walking around to all my classes, I amble back to my dorm to eat a snack. From there I walk three minutes to the gym where I walk up the stair climber for approximately 15 minutes. After I walk back to my dorm, my strolls cease for the day unless I go to visit a friend.


blog entry in class

Submitted by mlabib on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:24


Today I had to get up at 5:25 AM as I had morning practice. My alarm rang on my phone, which is on my bedside table. It took me about 10 minutes to actually get out of bed so from 5:25 to around 5:35, I was enjoying the warmth of my bed. Before driving to the pool, I put my shoes on, as I was aleady wearing sweat pants, grabbed my keys, and said hi to my dog Prince. This took about 5 minutes. Then, I got in my car and drove to the pool for my swim practice in Boyden which started at 6, but we are advised to come at leas 10-15 minutes early. My car ride was about 7 minutes long, so I arrive around 5:48. I went to the locker room and quickly changed into my bathing suit. This took me around 2 minutes, so I was on deck and ready to swim at 5:50 AM.


I then swam from 6-7:30.  My practice was not too hard, but it has been a long week, so I was exhausted. We did a small warmup o deck, which included some stretches that took 20 minutes. After the on deck stretches, we did a 3 minute loosen swim, and then our coach explained us the set. The set was stations, it was 6 different stations that were each 9 minutes long. They were tiring, but timing ended perfectly and we finished around 7:30. At 7:30, I returned in my locker room to put my comfy clothes back on, which took me about 7 minutges. I then went home by car again, made some bland coffee in my Keurig that is located in my kitchen, and got ready for school in my bedroom on the first floor. My first class was at 9:05 AM and I had gotten home around 7:48. This took about 25 minutes. I brushed my teeth in the bathroom, put on some weather appropriate clothes from my bedroom. I left with 2 other girls, and my friend Sydnee drove me to class.


My 9:05 was Physics 132 locted in Hasbrouck, then my 10:10 was Microbiology 310. After those two classes, I had a sushi bowl from Blue Wall, relaxed a bit, drank some more coffee, did some homework and came to my 1:25. After this class is over, I have another swim practice from 3:30-6:30 PM. 


Categories: Early morning, Morning, Afternoon, Swimming, Studying/Academics, Coffee time,Transportation 


Activities 9/13

Submitted by ekirchner on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:24
10 My alarm went off and I checked my phone.
2 I put my books and supplies in my backpack.
1 I plugged in my headphones and started playing music.
1 I paused my music and unplugged my headphones.
3 I brushed my teeth.
15 I took a shower.
10 I got dressed and brushed my hair.
2 I took off my sweatshirt because I was hot.
2 I put my sweatshirt back on.
5 I ate some Cocoa Dynobites
15 I got pizza at blue wall and ate it.
10 I bought a croissant from Peet’s and ate it.
The food I ate today included two meals and one snack. First, I prepared and ate some Cocoa Dynobites, the Big Y brand of cocoa pebbles, with almond milk. I ate this at home shortly before I had to leave for class. Once on campus, I purchased and ate a croissant from Peet's Cafe in the ILC. The croissant was difficult to eat because of how flakey it was and because I was not sitting down while eating. The last item I ate today was a piece of cheese pizza from harvest. I took me a while to buy this because the line to pay was so long, but I ate the pizza at a table in Blue Wall.
3 I walked to the bus stop.
10 I took the bus to campus.
15 I walked to work and delivered campus mail to Whitmore.
15 I walked back to work to deliver the mail I picked up from Whitmore.
5 I walked to Morrill.
60 I went to the lab I work in and listened to Des explain how to use the Vast Lite software.
50 I went to class and took notes.
120 I sat in class and am doing this activity.
30 I wrote another draft entry for this class.



My day- Amanda

Submitted by ashorey on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:22

Narrative Paragraph

I woke up to my alarm. I pondered that I had gotten more sleep or slept for more consecutive hours than I did the past five nights. I checked the weather: cold enough to wear pants. I responded to two snapchats. After getting dressed, I got my backpack together with all the notebooks I needed, noting that today only required my laptop. In the kitchen, I started making my breakfast. I had planned to make a nice full meal for Friday morning so I did; I got out all the ingredients and went to work. The fire alarm promptly went off and I sprinted to stop it. My roommates probably woke up. I finished making my breakfast, left my apartment, locked the door, walked through the woods to my bus stop, got on the bus, started playing music in my headphones, and ignored the eye contact of a semi-friend semi-acquaintance so we wouldn’t have to deal with the small talk that came with it. I got off the bus and called my friend back who had called me while on the bus. We talked while I walked to my lab and then as I sat down in my low seat I ended the call to remain professional.


List of categories



-Tasks/Getting Ready



Social Exposition Paragraph

The social interactions I made in a day consisted of different forms of interacting with people: in person, over the phone, avoiding interaction, and shared experiences and cause and effect without direct contact either physical or verbal. I am the first to wake up in my apartment, and today I accidentally set off the fire alarm twice while preparing my breakfast. While my roommates remained in their rooms silently, I include this as an interaction because my activities impacted their day, likely waking them up earlier than they wanted, disturbing their sleep and effecting the rest of their day. Then I consider phone calls, text, and social media messages to be interacting too. I called my friend from highschool back on the phone after I had to decline her call on the bus. We conversed as I walked to my lab in the morning from the bus stop. I also avoided saying hello to a person on the bus whom I only know in glacing passes.




Submitted by asalamon on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:21
At home
I got up
I checked my phone
I went to the bathroom
I got dressed
I put on deodorant
I went home and cooked salmon for dinner.
I did homework
I watched The Great Food Truck Race
I was exhausted so I went to bed early
I got home and put away my groceries.
I took a hot shower.
On campus
I struggled finding parking in lot 12
I went to my Orgo Lab
I finished first in my orgo lab and returned to my truck
I went the gym
I squatted and did accessory leg machines
Transitions between home and campus
I went to walk a dog, Jojo at the Sugarloaf Apartments
I went to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters
I went to CVS
I journeyed to Stop and Shop.
I called my mom as I was shopping.
I filled up my gas tank
In my transitions between home and campus, I many stops to take on my journey. I was driving my own truck, Delilah who was running low on gas which I noticed when I was driving to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters.  At the coffee shop, I got an iced coffee and water.   I had to go CVS then Stop and Shop.  While I was at Stop and Shop, I called my mom and talked to her.  On my way home, I stopped at the Cumberland Farms in Amherst.  At the Sugarloaf Apartments, I walked a dog, Jojo.


My Day

Submitted by damianszyk on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:13

I woke up.

I showered.

I got dressed

I made two waffles and a banana for breakfast.

I brushed my teeth and put on deodorant.

I left my apartment to catch the bus.

I got on the bus.

I arrived on campus for my Physics class.

I worked on in-class problems the whole time.

Class ended so I went to sit in the ILC to do work until 11:15.

At 11:15, I went to Blue Wall to eat.

I left Blue Wall to go to class.

I arrived to my 12:20 pm class at noon.

I sat with my friend.

I took notes.

I left class when it was over to go to my lab class.

In lab, I dissected zebrafish brain.

I ate dinner after lab was over.

I went back to my apartment and did homework.

I watched TV.

I left for tryouts.

I evaluated players trying out.

Tryouts ended.

I went back to my apartment.

I showered.

I did more work and watched more TV.

I brushed my teeth.

I went to bed.


Category 1: Activities done at my apartment ~ 5 hours

Category 2: Activities done on campus ~ 12 hours


Expository Writing Exercise

Submitted by dfmiller on Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:56

Narrative Paragraph:

    I woke up to the sound of my alarm. I quickly reached below my lofted bed to my desk and turned off the phone alarm, since my roomate was still sleeping. I got out of bed and turned on my coffee maker that I had prepped the night before. While the coffee maker was brewing, I showered and dressed, then sat down at my desk to review some last minute work before heading to class. I looked at the weather before I left, and put on a sweater since it appeared to be a bit cold out. I walked to my first class-history 264 in Herter Hall. After class, I ate breakfast at Worcester and returned to my room, and then worked on a paragraph for biology 312. 


  • Preperation
    • Shower
    • Dress
  • Movement
    • Walk to Herter
    • Walk to breakfast
    • Return to room
  • Work
    • Schoolwork before history
    • Paragraph before 312
  • Nutrition
    • Coffee
    • Breakfast

Expository Paragraph:

    As a student at UMass Amherst, the sprawling campus and variety of buildings assigned per class requires a decent amount of travel. Just this morning, my day began walking from my dorm room in the northeast residential area to Herter Hall, about a 15 minute walk across campus. After this class had finished, I walked to Worcester dining commons, located fairly close to my dorm. After this, I walked from the dining common to my room. I remained in my room for several hours until it was time for my next class. From my dorm room I walked to Morrill III, where I am currently located. My life as a UMass Amherst student is full of walking on any given day, and I will be walking much more over the remaining year.