A Week in the Life

Wednesday

Learned all about “the unconscious” in a freaky-deaky Group Dynamics conference for class.

Thursday

My idea of a long day of classes, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Free Zumba at Lululemon afterward, though!

Friday

No classes today. Woo! That made meeting with a TA (yes, SESP kids have to meet with these sometimes-harsh characters, too) a bit more flexible.

Saturday

Pretty standard: Work (Cognitive Psychology catch-up), then play.

Sunday

Drooled over James Franco from Oscar pre-show until the next morning, when I woke up from a night full of James Franco dreams.

Monday

SESP night classes are a bit of a bummer sometimes. But at least in LOC 310, which meets from 6-9 p.m., the professor understands our woes and has organized a candy-bringing rotation. Tonight’s features: Starbursts, Airheads and Jolly Ranchers.

Tuesday

You’d think studying memory into the wee hours for my Cog Psych final tomorrow would help me dominate this exam … But who am I kidding? Wish me luck!

Wednesday

Fashion photography lecture in Intro to Photojournalism keeps me riveted all afternoon. Afterward, I head to the Daily office. The Current goes to print at 1:45 a.m. High fives in the newsroom — it’s our earliest finish all quarter.

Thursday

Two phone interviews today: The founder of an adoption agency in Nashville, then an open-adoption advocate in Ohio. Both are for a long-form story due Monday in Literary Journalism.

Friday

Attend a frat formal (huzzah!) with another Medill student. We’re accompanied by his friend and his date, who is also a Medilldo. Keeping it in the family, obviously.

Saturday

Work on the Literary piece in Core/Reserve from 1 p.m. until midnight. Come home and keep writing until 4:45 a.m.

Sunday

Core/Reserve all day then back-to-back Daily meetings. Turn in my 3,500-word story promptly at 6 p.m. Twenty-one manuscript pages, 25 hours. I’m ready to collapse, but instead I write a whiny Daily column about bad coffee.

Monday

My Photojournalism assignment is “A portrait of a fruit or vegetable” — my bewildered roommate walks in on an intimate photo shoot between me and a lemon.

Tuesday

Another photo assignment: “A portrait of someone who intimidates you.” Downtown, I photograph a blind street musician, a disgruntled biker and a crazy old lady in a fur coat. An accidental shopping trip ensues. Whoops.

Wednesday

Seven and a half hours of class, then a group meeting on an iPhone app we’re developing, a group project, a stats placement test, some reading and a problem set. Then I stay up late doing nothing productive.

Thursday

Inspired by guilt for the wasted hours of said previous night, I attempt to do work before 9:30 class. Fail. Post-class, I look up design and sustainability internship opportunities and write many half cover letters. I fly home. Another failed homework endeavor on the plane. Instead, I nap.

Friday

I wake up early to apply to an environmental consulting internship. I think about applying to other design consulting firms. Instead, I play with my family.

Saturday

I flirt with the idea of reading about Stochastic Inventory Models. Family trip to New York City transpires.

Sunday

Two different trips to Dunkin Donuts before 10:30 am, though this does not prevent the inevitable plane nappage. Library party from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., filled with thermal conductivity and Life Cycle Analysis fun for Materials Science. I take sporadic breaks by working on my HTML5 web page assignment.

Monday

I consider going to the Keg for 1 minute and 7 seconds. Surprise, surprise — this thought is trumped by temptations of the library. Time split between polymers properties for Materials Science, HTML5 animations for Human-Computer Interactions and STDs for Human Sex. Healthy balance.

Tuesday

Quiz on ceramic and polymer properties, problem set on HTML5 project, research inquiry e-mail, four-hour library visit, team meeting for Global Engagement Summit, entrepreneurship speaker on designing for people with disabilities, more problem sets on inventory models.