Day in the Life of a College Sophomore

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I am obsessed with seeing how people use their time day to day. Honestly, if you were to hand me your planner and let me flip through it I’d be asking you about the best time of day for you to do school work, how long you spend on school stuff every day, how many hours a week you work at your job, if you are involved in any organizations, how you balance everything, when you are at your best to write blog posts, and so on. I love hearing how people manage their time and always hope to be able to walk away with tips on how to better my own time management skills.

This semester is definitely a weird one. Only two days have the same class start time and the other three all start at different times. Unlike last semester I no longer have 8am classes, in fact, my earliest class starts at 10am. I’ve figured out that being a morning person, it’s best for me to get up, get ready, work on school work, go to class, go to the gym, finish up school work, go to organization meetings/work, and then come home and work on my blog. It only took me three semesters in school to figure this out, but I’m glad I did. With that, here is a glimpse into my day. I’m showing you what my Monday looks like since it actually has the most structure.


6:30am: My alarm goes off at 6:30 every morning and I’ve never been one to hit the snooze button. I get up, fill up my water bottle, start my coffee maker, brush my teeth, put in my contacts, make my coffee, do my make-up, tame my hair (literally), and get dressed for the day. Then I sit down and eat breakfast while I go over my to-do list for the day.

7:30am: Time to start my homework and studying for the day. I sit down at my dining table with my to-do lists, planner, school books, and laptop and dive into my work.

11:20am: At this point I pack up my backpack and head to the bus stop so I can make the 11:30 bus to campus. My apartment complex has a shuttle that runs from our complex to my university and it is the most convenient thing ever. Especially since finding parking at my university (even if you have a parking pass) is always difficult.

12:00: Classes start for the day. On Monday’s I have stats, TAM, and marketing.

3:15pm: Get out of lecture and head to the gym. I quickly change out of my snow boots and coat into my gym clothes and shoes. I’m so ready for all of this snow and cold weather to be done with for the day.

3:30pm: Work out class time. I seriously pity my co-workers, friends, and anyone else that happens to come across me when I haven’t been able to make it to the gym. It’s literally how I unwind. Especially with the stress of school.

4:30pm: Finish my work out class, get changed, and run to the bus stop to head back to my apartment.

4:45pm: Back at my apartment where I grab my lunch box from the frig, throw my planner and pens into a bag, and run out the door to work.

5:00pm: At work! It’s always crazy busy so the time goes by really quickly.

8:00pm: Home from work. Shower, brush my teeth, pull together tomorrow’s to-do list, pack my backpack/gym bag/lunch for the next day, and do whatever else needs to be done, like replying to e-mails for the blog.

9-11pm: Work on the blog! I’m definitely someone that writes the best at night, plus it’s the perfect way for me to unwind. In case you are curious, it’s actually almost 10:30pm as I write this post. I always just like to have my posts schedule ahead of time.

11:00pm: Lights out! If I can’t sleep, I keep a book and journal under my bed so that I can clear my head even more before I fall asleep. At the very latest I like to be asleep by 11:30, unless I have a big test the next day. Then it’s a different story.

What does your daily schedule look like? When is the best time for you to study/blog/exercise/take your classes/etc.? Do you strive on routines or just take things as they come? What is the best way you have found to balance the craziness as a high school/college/post-grad? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!

  • Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I love reading DITL posts because I’m obsessed with seeing how people use their time. I’ve always been a planner. Always! I completely understand the love of knowing when I’m doing stuff and knowing that even though I’m busy I’m still doing what I love and working towards my goals. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy my posts! That made my day! Thank you!

  • Thank you for writing this…I love reading DITL posts. I’m definitely also a planner – I like to know exactly what I have to get done and when I should do it! Actually, having a solid schedule and planning out my days is THE BEST way for me to balance my tasks and priorities.

    Thanks again for *another* great post!


  • I’m not sure I would say it’s consistent, but I’ve at least gotten a routine put into place. If I would have written a day in my life about my Wednesday’s it would have just been school, working, and then falling into bed! I always feel like I’m running around too! I work evenings and weekends at my apartment complex and it also means that at least once a week I serve an on call shift. So I could get a call from someone locked out of their apartment between 8pm and 9am. I was on call three times during syllabus week and it was quite the long week! So I’m not sure I can say that I have a sleep schedule, lol. Wishing you the best of luck this semester! We can do this!

  • I wish I had such a consistent schedule! My work hours are different everyday, along with my class times. When you add clubs and everything, I am running between my apartment and campus all day long. I also wish I was more of a morning person, but I never have been. I will get on a semi-consistent sleeping schedule, but then one night will mess everything up and I’ll be back to staying up until the early hours of the morning. I find it easier to sleep when I work out around 9-10pm, so I try to keep that schedule going!

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss