Before attending college, I thought my high school schedule would mimic my college schedule. However, after attending college and picking my classes, I learned that my college time management and schedule would be much different from any institution I had attended before. In college, I witnessed that there was no set structure to your days like in high school, and students are expected to manage their freedom in the manner that is the best fit for themselves.
In my first year, I took a diverse array of classes: Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Computer Science, Progress? (a first-year humanities seminar) and Drawing1. To better explain my daily life, I will share my favorite day of the week and my least favorite day.
My favorite day was Tuesday. I have a really light load of classes: one progress? class and the rest of the day open to my own scheduling. On this day, I often woke up at 10:00 am, which was past breakfast time, so I would do some dorm cleaning and showering and head to class by 11:20 am. After class, around 1:20 pm, I would go back to my dorm and start doing homework, compiling and editing essays, coding, and reading for my economics class. I had econ office hours from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, and after that, I would get dinner with my friends at 6:00 pm. I enjoyed how flexible this day was. If I recently finished large projects or an overwhelming assignment, I would sometimes attend progress? class and take the rest of this day off to rest. It really helped me balance my mental and physical wellness with school work.
My least favorite day was Wednesday. I had a heavy load of classes: starting with an Introduction to Economics at 8:30 am, an Introduction to Computer Science at 10:30 am, and Drawing1 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. My Monday and Wednesday classes have an identical class schedule. On this date, I often don’t get to my dorm until after 8:30 pm since I have to do homework and designate time for meals, meetings, and friends. I am grateful to have a Thursday nearby, with only one progress? class at 11:30 am and another 50-minute computer science lab at 1:00 pm which gives me free time after and in between.
I hoped this gave an insight into my daily life at Amherst. Because of the open curriculum, students get a lot of freedom to select the classes they want to take. Your academic adviser — a faculty or professor assigned to guide you through the Amherst College and five college curricula — is very accessible and supports your interest in classes. However, no matter what your schedule looks like, professors, students, and faculty are always supportive and will make it manageable.