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A typical day in the US
2017-08-25

I am 2016er graduate Daniel Liu. I’m now a student in Emory University. By sharing my stories in the US and some of my personal thoughts, I hope to give you an insight into what student life here is really like. This can also act as a guidance for your future college choice.

 

 This time I want to introduce you the daily life of studying in the US. I will present you a typical Monday that I’ve just been through. 

Woken up by the alarm at 8:40, I washed out and went for breakfast. My first class – intro to computer science was at 9:30. The class was taught by one of my favorite professors Dr.Oser. He is also considered one of the best CS professors in Emory. This time we learned basic algorithms, such as converting infix expression into prefix expression. It was hard, but fun.

 

The class ended at 10:35. My second class won’t start till 12:00. However, I had made an appointment the previous day with the career center. Therefore, after class, I headed to the career center to meet with my counselor Ami. The reason I’m here was because I need her to revise my resume. Lots of internships are due recently so a solid resume would be really helpful.

 

We spent half an hour together. She asked me a few questions and revised my resume based on them. After the session, I was more than satisfied by the progress we’ve made.

 

Then it was time for my Spanish class. It was also an intro level course. However, you are wrong if you think it would be easy, since the whole course was taught in Spanish! I was a bit panicked when I first enrolled in the class. But after one week, I can take it much better.

 

The class ended at 12:50. It’s now lunch time… 

After having lunch, which was not that good by the way, I went back to my room and took a nap. Lots of my friends don’t have time for this luxury. They have to run to their next class as soon as they finish their food. This really depends on what courses you have chosen and how do you want do arrange your schedule.

 

My next class was in 2:30, so I slept till 2:22 and was woken up by the alarm I set on my phone. The course is psychology111 taught by Dr. Carter. This is a fun but relatively easy class without much workload. The course should be end at 4:10 but the professor always let us leave at about 3:30.

 

The next thing on my schedule was my basketball practice. We’ve got practice every day from 4:30-6:00. This year we’ve got 5 new freshmen recruits, one of them is an Asian, with parents moving from Hong Kong to California a long time ago. He is a decent player and he can shoot really well. 

After practice, my whole body was covered with sweat. I knew that for the next few days, all of my muscles will be aching terribly. But it’s all worth it.

 

I attended a presentation at 7:30 in the chapel with the theme of “Sing Justice, Sing Life”. It was one of the required activities by the course Oxford Studies. 

After the event ended, it was almost 9:00. I went back to my dorm and did my homework. This is how the day usually ends…surrounded by homework and due dates.   

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