A Day in the Life

Ever wondered what a typical day in the life of a busy college student is? Read on for a typical day in the life of Taylor Gilbert, junior Elementary Education student…

7:45 a.m. Wake Up

The wake-up time of a college student varies for everyone. Some students will have 8 a.m. classes while others may not even start their first class of the day until 10 or 11 o'clock. Getting an early start is something that can be helpful to start your day off on the right foot! I normally give myself 30-45 minutes to get ready (if I am able to get out of bed on time).


8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Whoever said that breakfast is the best meal of the day is right! Eating breakfast in the morning helps me wake up and get ready to conquer the day. I always spend my breakfast in the Caf. Randy makes fresh eggs every day -  omelets on Tuesdays! I normally have eggs, hash browns, a bagel with cream cheese, and a banana! There are many breakfast options in the caf including pancakes, eggs, bacon, cereal, yogurt, hash browns, English muffins, and more!


9:00 a.m. Spanish 

Spanish is my first class of the day. At Gardner-Webb, you are required to take three semesters of a foreign language. I chose Spanish as mine and I am on my final semester. You not only learn the rules of the language but you take a lab once a week as well that allows you to practice speaking the language with someone who grew up in that culture. The TA that teaches my class is from Uruguay so we are able to learn all about her language and culture while also teaching her some of ours!


10:00 a.m. Tennis/Badminton

One general education requirement is to take a physical activity course. There are many options including scuba diving, aerobic walking, weight lifting, and dance. These are just a few of the options. I chose tennis/badminton and I love it. It relaxes me and allows me to just take a few breaths and forget about everything that I have to do for the rest of the day. 


11: 00 a.m. Peer Lead

During this time, I am with a University 111 freshmen class that I co-teach with a professor on campus. This is one of my favorite parts of the day. I get to check in on my fifteen freshmen and help teach them about college life.


12:00 p.m. Lunch

Normally, my lunch is spent in Tucker eating Cantina or SubConnect. Some days, I will splurge and spend flex points at the Chick-Fil-A on campus. At Cantina, I always get a burrito bowl and it hits the spot. This is a great time for me to catch up with friends and eat right before I head to work. 


1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Work

I work in Gardner-Webb's Admissions office. This is an on-campus job opportunity for students on campus that love Gardner-Webb and want to share that love with others. Here, I am able to give tours to prospective students and help them learn more about Gardner-Webb. This year, I am apart of the social media team. That being said, most of my workday is spent scheduling social media posts for Admissions as well as writing blog posts.


5:00 p.m. Dinner
When I get off of work, I head right to the Caf and see what Natasha has waiting for me. Her line is one of my favorites because it is something new every single day. From stir fry to a baked potato bar, you can find it all here!


6:00 p.m. Study 

Right after dinner, I try to begin studying and completing assignments that need to be done. If I am struggling to find the motivation to get any work done, I head to Tucker or the library and snag a study room! This helps me to stay focused on my work and get it done in a quiet environment.

9:00 p.m. Workout

This is another one of my favorite parts of the day. This allows me to take a break from studying and the craziness of the day and take time for myself. Suttle Wellness Center is an on-campus workout facility that is free to all students. Working out is such a stress reliever for me and also helps keep that Freshman 15 away!

 10:00 p.m. Relax

Finally! It is time to relax. I am able to shower, read a book, find a new series to binge watch on Netflix, or just sit on my phone. The day is slowing down and coming to an end.

Midnight: Time for Bed!

Most nights, I try to be in bed around midnight to get as much sleep as possible. The night before a big presentation or assignment, this may not be the case. Sleep is something that so many college students struggle with so I try to keep it high on my list of priorities!

And then…do it all again!

Taylor Gilbert, ‘19, Elementary Education