There’s often a kind of misconception of students that we tend to sleep all day and go out partying all night. And yeah, we might do those things sometimes, but we don’t only do those things. There is so much more to student life! My friends are always telling me I’m the busiest person they know because I get up to so much. To show you just how many opportunities there are to take advantage of at Essex, I’m going to run you through a day in my life. I’m going to give you a sneak peek into my Tuesdays. Tuesday sounds like a pretty random day, but it’s probably one of my favourites!
7:30 a.m. Wake Up
On Tuesdays I wake up quite early because I usually have to go to work in the morning. I’ll grab myself a bit of breakfast and make lunch (if I haven’t made it the night before) to save some money because I’m out all day.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Go to Work
I work part time in the admissions office at the University. I did my Frontrunner’s placement in the office before I went on my year abroad and I’m now back there doing some admin work. If you’re wondering what Frontrunners is, it’s the university’s on campus internship scheme. There are placements in loads of departments in the uni and in the students’ union. They’re a great way to earn a little pocket money and get some experience. The team I work with are great and are really flexible when it comes to needing to do my uni work.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lecture
Let’s not forget about the degree here! I have a British Politics lecture which I really enjoy. I’ve found that as I’ve progressed through uni I’ve become more confident in talking in class discussions and I get so much more out of them when I take part. Usually the first hour is a lecture and then the second is getting together in small groups to discuss what we’ve learnt.
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteering
For the past few weeks I’ve been volunteering in a school helping kids learn about politics. This is something I’m really passionate about (especially because I’m a politics student)! We get given a topic each week to teach along with some activities for the kids. It’s up to us how we organise those activities though. I’ve come to realise that teaching can definitely be a pretty tough job, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. If you want to get involved in volunteering the Essex vTeam has plenty of activities, from recurring opportunities to one off events.
7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sports
The rest of my evening is taken up by training. I am a member of both the hockey and ultimate frisbee clubs at Essex. After a busy day I love having a chance to get competitive and have a run around outside. Before uni, I was never really a sporty person which sounds a bit weird seeing as now I play two sports! I decided in my second year I’d give something new a go, so I started hockey and this year I’ve started playing frisbee too. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s definitely room for you in any of the sports clubs at Essex.
So, there you have it, a day in my life! I’ve managed to take advantage of so many of the opportunities at Essex which is one of the reasons I’m a pretty busy person. It’s up to you how much you get involved with all the activities outside of your degree but I definitely recommended trying stuff and getting stuck in!