A Day in the Life

Every day in graduate school is different, but always involves lots of running around :). I thought it would be fun to document a “typical” day. Here goes!

5:47am alarm goes off. Yes, that is an odd number and yes it made sense to me when I set the alarm the night before. Now it just seems wacky. I plug my Jawbone UP band into my phone to check on my sleep status.


Not so hot, Debbie. I turn off the light and attempt to go back to sleep, but I am already awake, so mission aborted and I hop out of bed.

5:50am I get ready for a sunrise spin class. I usually like to take workout classes in the afternoons around 5/6pm, but this week my afternoons are jam packed, so I figured I would attempt to become a morning workout person.

6:00am leave for the gym. Why is it so hard to wake up early?

6:07am hating life and missing my bed.

6:10am arrive at the gym. How are people smiling so early?

6:15-7:25am spin class + quick elliptical to get those endorphins coming. Smiles start making sense.

7:28am drive home and hop in the shower. Make breakfast and get ready for an 8am conference call.

8:00am on the call just in time. I slowly eat my breakfast and drink coffee. What is life without coffee?

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9am drive to campus.

9:15-11am meetings. Eat 3 dates and they are delicious.

11-11:50am work.

11:50am heat up lunch. Mmmm! Gimme all the veggies. And couscous.


12-1:30pm lab meeting.

1:30-2:30pm work.

2:30pm pack up to head to a site for the research pilot I’ve been working on with some of my lab mates.

3pm arrive at the site.

3:05-4:40pm research work.

4:42pm head back to campus.

5:03pm go back to lab and work on a few things. Attempt to fight through the never-ending emails.

5:40pm head home. I’m ready to eat!

5:50pm arrive home and immediately eat this beauty. Cara cara oranges = amazing.


6pm throw together a salad for dinner and make lunch for tomorrow. In this one we got mixed greens, shredded carrots, beets, tomatoes, chicken, dried basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. All the colors!


6:10pm salad is demolished. I am a beast.

6:15pm go back for the pita chips. The best. Multiply the amount of pita chips in this photo by at least 20.


6:20pm make a cup of chamomile tea.

6:30pm roomie comes home and we chill and chat about our days.

7pm answer emails and finish up some work.

8:40pm decide I should stop neglecting my blog and type up this post. Realize my life is pretty much gym, work/research, eat, sleep, repeat.

8:57pm done writing and will start getting ready for bed and call the BF. Maybe I’ll read a little? Who am I kidding, I’ll probably scroll through the Instagram and look at puppy and food pictures.

And that’s a wrap! 🙂