A Day in the Life of a Govie

November 13, 2014

Today, my first class is at 8 a.m., so I wake up right at 7:30 a.m. I typically shower in the evenings, so it doesn’t take too long to go through the regular routine and head to class. My first class is AP Literature, which meets twice a week for an hour and a half. Today, we discuss Jonathon Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Dr. Flannagan assigns our reading for the next class, talks about our upcoming essay, and dismisses class at 9:20 a.m.

My next class isn’t until 10 a.m., so a few of my friends from Dr. Flannagan’s class and I head to the cafeteria. The staff has taken up the hot food already, since that closes at 8:30 a.m. However, they’ve left the bagels, toast, and cereal out, so we each grab something to eat and chat idly for the next half hour. Discussion topics range from something funny Dr. Flannagan said in class to the struggle of college applications to Thanksgiving break plans. Around 9:50 a.m., we put up our dishes. Some of us head back to the dorms, while others, including myself, head to our 10 a.m. physics lab.

While we wait outside for the previous lab section to put up the equipment, we discuss the derivations that we had to perform before actually conducting the experiment, wondering if we’d done them correctly. Soon enough, however, Dr. Whitbeck ushers us inside, walks us through the derivations, and sets us free to actually conduct the experiment.

We finish right at noon. While this means lunch for most people, I have to grab something quickly and head to my community engagement meeting. One of my community engagements is offering English tutoring five hours a week. My other engagement is working with a restaurant in Hartsville to develop their website. It’s a part of a greater project that has Governor’s School students helping Hartsville businesses with their web presence. Every Tuesday, we meet for lunch and discuss our progress. Today’s meeting runs till around 12:45 p.m. As soon as it adjourns, I head to the cafeteria to put up my dishes, then to my dorm to grab my books for my afternoon classes.

On Tuesday afternoons, I only have two classes. From 1-2 p.m., I have Technology Ventures. Today, we discuss the finer points of finance. From 2-3 p.m., I have Fiction & Poetry, a creative writing class. Today, we workshop each other’s latest poems, offering feedback for improvement. After 3 p.m., I have the rest of the afternoon to myself.

This afternoon, I choose to visit some of my teacher’s office hours. My calculus homework is due tomorrow and I don’t understand how to do a few of the problems, so I go to see Dr. Kroeger. She has another student, but she welcomes me in her other chair.

After I get help with my calculus homework, I decide to work on the next issue of our school’s paper, the Govie Gazette. As co-editor-in-chief, I edit all of the articles for grammar and clarity and make sure everything runs smoothly. I spend about an hour reading and editing my share of the articles for the next issue.

Around 4:30 p.m., I take a break from working and watch Netflix until dinnertime at 5 p.m.. I go down and eat with my friends, but I don’t stay too long because I have physics homework.

I work on the physics homework for about an hour; by the time I submit the online assignment, it’s 6:30 p.m. I shower and grab my things for the Writing Center, where I offer English tutoring hours every night, along with a few other seniors. Today I tutor from 7 to 10 p.m., reading essays and giving feedback. I don’t have to tutor the whole three hours, though; during the slow times, I revise my college essays.

At 10 p.m., I pack up and go to happy half to play volleyball in the gym. It’s not actual volleyball; we just stand in a circle and pass the ball around, but it’s still fun when the ball soars out of the circle.

The gym clears in seconds around 10:26 p.m., since we need to be upstairs by 10:30 p.m. Chelsea, one of my favorite RAs, walks down the hall and chats with us as she checks everyone off for room check.

Since I’m mostly done with my homework, I decide to take the night off. I hang out in my best friend Emily’s room till 11:30 p.m.; we chat about the upcoming Winter Formal and compare dresses.

Finally, I head back to my room right before midnight.

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