A Day in the Life of a Hope College Student

Recently on the Hope College Facebook page for admitted students, I received a message from a future student asking about my typical day. I told her that I would write a blog post about it, since other future students are probably wondering the same thing.

And that’s how this post came to be! I hope you enjoy hearing about what a typical weekday would look like for me, which is definitely different than what a typical day looks like for another student here.

Morning: On a weekday I’m either waking up for work or class. Let’s pretend it’s a Monday. I wake up at about 8:30 to get ready for class at 9:30. My routine usually starts with climbing (yes, climbing, our beds are lofted) down from my bed, rubbing my eyes and heading to the bathroom. I brush my teeth and wash my face before heading back to my room to get dressed, put some makeup on and get my bag packed. I usually eat a granola bar, fruit or oatmeal for breakfast.

Class: My first class of the day is Writing for Media, basically a journalism class. We usually have a lecture or in-class activity to do.

Chapel: On Mondays I go to Chapel after my first class. I sit with some girls in my sorority for the brief service.

Class: After Chapel, I head to my British Literature class at 11:00 a.m. This class is mostly lecture with some areas for discussion.

Lunch: On Mondays I’ll either eat with my friend Andrea at Phelps or get a take-away box from Cook if I have a lot of work to do. Cook dining is only for upper-classmen, but I have enough credits to eat there.

Break: I have a two-hour break between my second class and my last class of the day. Depending on how much sleep I got the night before and whether or not my homework is done for my next class, I’ll nap or do some homework. Thrilling, I know.

Class: My last class on Mondays is Creative Writing from 2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. In this class we might have a short lecture, but most of it is discussion and sharing. We just finished our poetry unit and are now moving on to narrative!

Finally done with classes: I probably sound like a grandma because at this point, if I didn’t nap before, I’m going to nap. If I already took a nap, I’ll do homework or goof around with my roommate until dinner.

Dinner: My friends and I usually eat at 5:00 p.m. Now I must really sound like a grandma. You guys thought college was going to sound interesting, but this is my daily life.

Post-dinner: Depending on the night, I might have different things going on. Some nights I have work, some nights I have sorority events, on Tuesdays I have Bible study, or I might be meeting with a group to work on a project or writing. It’s different every day for every student, especially since there’s so much going on. My roommate is on the sailing team and in the fall she has practice every day after classes. Sometimes there are seminars around campus that I’ll go to for a class or just for fun.

And then at the end of the day I’ll shower and get ready for bed 🙂

This isn’t what every day is like at Hope College, but I’d say it’s a pretty fair representation of what I do every day this semester.

I hope this is helpful to those of you wondering what it’s like to be a daily Hope College student!

Thanks for reading,


Published by Brooke Wharton

Hey there, my name's Brooke and I'm a sophomore at Hope right now from the southeast side of the state! I'm majoring in secondary English education with a psychology minor, so that I can spread the love of literature everywhere and maybe even become a counselor to help kiddos out with their current and future school life. So far at Hope I've helped with Time to Serve, joined a bible study, am 1-8 song girl, and a member of Greek Life! The only TV show I watch is New Girl, and I love reading young adult lit! You can email me brookelyn.wharton@hope.edu or follow me on twitter @hopebrooke18! You can always find me on Facebook, too!

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