Editor’s note: Casey Baumberger studies journalism and mass communications at Iowa State University. She is a senior. This is her inaugural column in the occasional series, “A day in the life of . . . ,” profiling the daily lives of people. Readers are encouraged to offer Casey suggestions for profiles.
Since this is the first column in the “A day in the life of . . . ” series, I figured I should let my readers know a little more about who will be writing them.
Well, I’m Casey, and I am a college student at Iowa State University.
Now, when people find out I’m a college student and not a full-time member of the workforce, I’m often met with sentences such as, “Oh, I’m jealous of you. I’d love to go out and party four days a week,” or “I wish I had as much free time as you have.”
Let me tell you how untrue those statements are.
A day in the life of this particular college kid is packed full of classes and work. On the days I have class, I wake up before the sun, drive 35 minutes to Ames, and then I’m in class from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
I don’t get paid to be there, and I don’t get a lunch break. I spend the 10 minutes I have in between my five classes trying to schedule orthodontist appointments, finish a paper and read the last chapter in that one book I need to finish.
On the days I don’t have class, I take my sister to and from school, and I work at least eight hours doing physical labor at a barn.
On weekends, I work at my family’s company and do the homework I couldn’t get done during the week.
And at some point during the week, I have to figure out when to schedule interviews for potential summer jobs and internships, hair cuts, dentist appointments, when I can attend my sister’s skating competition, when I can see my grandparents and, of course, when to sleep.
Yes, I have to schedule in sleep.
On Monday it starts all over. When I do get free time, I try to see my friends and actually do one of my hobbies, which are ice skating, horseback riding and dancing.
So, no, I do not spend four nights of week partying. I spend four nights a week either in class or working. The other nights I spend doing homework.
College is hard. College is stressful. College is not a carefree time to party with friends and stay up late.