Day in the Life of a Yalie…

A beautiful spring day...

Hey, all the prefrosh out there! My name is Miriam Cho, and I’m a freshman in JE (quite obviously the BEST residential college at Yale!) I’m going to give a breakdown of what a day might look like at Yale (although my days are by no means the standard). Enjoy!

8:30 A.M. Alarm rings. Monday thru Friday. Yes, I’m insane, but I’m toughing it out for my Japanese language class – taking it for the first time this year and loving it! Yale has a foreign language requirement by the way, so if you don’t like waking up early, there are definitely later classes, depending on what language you take and what level you place into. Introductory language classes are five days a week, and most are morning classes – but it is definitely worth it if you’re willing to learn a new language at Yale!

8:50 A.M. Breakfast at Commons. You can eat in the any of the dining halls, but Commons is the only one with hot breakfast – think scrambled eggs, hash browns, and my all-time favorite, the Extra Thick French Toast! Plus standard breakfast items, like cereal, bagels, oatmeal, and fruit are always available.

9:20 – 10:10 A.M. Elementary Japanese

10:15 A.M. Interview coaches for my weekly preview of the Yale men’s track and field team. For $12.50 an hour, I write stories about meets and maintain the team’s bios and schedules on the Yale athletics website. Not too bad for a student job!

10:45 A.M. Change into workout clothes and go for a run around campus. And lift weights at Payne Whitney afterwards (trust me, my nonexistent biceps beg me to). Yale has awesome facilities if you’re looking to get in shape. Payne Whitney is the second-largest gym in the WORLD. Plus all the residential colleges have their own gyms if you don’t feel like walking too far.

11:45 A.M. Lunch

12:30 P.M. Do all the readings for my next class that I didn’t do yesterday ;) Procrastination is quite a common disease among Yalies.

I'm doing work in Bass Library ... I think.

1:30 P.M. Take a quick nap.

2:30 – 3:45 P.M. Buddhist Saints and Sinners. This is one of many freshman seminars that Yale offers, small classes with renowned professors that are sometimes on the most random topics. You only get to do them as a freshman, so take the chance to explore something new! This is definitely one of my favorite classes at Yale so far – we get to read canonical stories about the life of the Buddha, his family members, his past lives, as well as some crazy saints and dig into things like the karmic theory during discussion – how awesome is that? And my professor, who’s an expert on Indian religions and knows like a million ancient languages, is just as awesome.

4:00 P.M. Do Japanese homework in the JE library.

5:30 P.M. Dinner with friends. I usually go to JE, but if we’re feeling adventurous, we’ll explore other colleges. As of February, I’ve knocked out all 11 residential college dining halls! (Minus Morse, of course, since their college is currently being renovated.) My personal favorites: Silliman, Trumbull, and TD – yes, it’s far, but the food is worth it!

View from my window! So there are some advantages to being on the 4th floor, after all.

7:00 P.M. Film screening for my Space in Japanese Literature and Film class. Also another awesome class. We discuss both the changing physical and social spaces in Japan over its history of war, modernization, etc. And there’s only six people in the class – Yale has pretty good class sizes for the most part since 75% of classes have 20 students or fewer.

9:00 P.M. Shower

9:30 P.M. Study break with yummy food at the Chaplain’s Office! Every so often, the office treats anyone who stops by with things like cupcakes, quesadillas, chocolate chip pancakes, and other comfort foods to get you through those long nights…

10:00 P.M. Meet up for nightly prayer with some people from my church on Old Campus. Great time to meet friends and pray about the stresses of Yale and life in general :) .

11:00 P.M. Finish the rest of my homework either in the library or in one of my friend’s suites – I have a thing against studying in my room, although this is just a personal preference. I memorize my conversations for tomorrow’s Japanese class and start on the readings for my ENGL 120 class (Reading and Writing the Modern Essay) and my Space in Japanese Literature and Film class. (Of course, I’ll probably be finishing them over lunch tomorrow…)

2:00 ~ 3:00 A.M. Hit the sack and rest up for another day of Yale!

3 thoughts on “Day in the Life of a Yalie…

  1. Yo, you’re super disciplined. Run and workout in the middle of the day? And then have time to eat lunch AND nap?

    Didn’t know PWG was the second largest gym in the world! What’s the largest?

    9pm – that’s an interesting time to shower. I bet there’s no competition for the shower at that time though. And there’s plenty of hot water.

    Nice pictures. Did you take that picture of yourself in Bass?

    Interesting post!

  2. Running does take up a lot of time. Sometimes, the naps don’t quite fit :(

    And I like to feel clean before going to bed, so I always shower at night. Plus it wakes me up for late night homework!

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