A Day In My Life

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Lately I’ve been seeing lots of posts like this and I figured that it would be fun to share with you guys a typical school day for me. After all, since I moved to Taiwan I realized that I still haven’t shared much about my life here, and I think this would be the perfect opportunity to do it. So, read on!

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Morning ritual

Lol, this just means I finally get up after several snoozes on my alarm clock (because I find it so hard to wake up in the morning especially in winter #nightowlproblems). After successfully forcing myself to get out of bed, I prepare a quick breakfast; but sometimes when schedule is a bit tight (especially during examination weeks) I usually just buy outside because Taiwanese breakfast is pretty good too!

After breakfast, I prepare for school. I don’t have a whole lot of clothes – in fact, I think I can actually call my wardrobe a capsule wardrobe – so it doesn’t take me a long time to get ready.

Before I leave, I try to make sure that everything I need is in my bag! I really, really need to check it because I often forget things – even the most important ones like my student ID card, which serves as my dorm room key!

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM – Morning walk

After getting ready for school, I walk from my dorm to my classroom. The graduate students dorm is located in the university’s uphill campus a.k.a. the mountains, so it’s quite far from the classrooms. I used to take the university’s shuttle bus to get around but I’m so grateful to my roommate for showing me that walking up and down the hill is actually a good way to explore the campus.

Instead of going all the way down to the main entrance, I take a shortcut to my building’s back entrance through this track oval.
The building looks near when you look at it from afar, but walking (or running!) through this oval takes quite a while too!

Despite not being a morning person, this is my favorite time of the day because walking wakes me up and I feel like I’m seeing something new every day, especially when the seasons start to change!

Oh, and speaking of changes… Since spring is coming, it means that the cherry blossoms outside our dorm are starting to bloom!

Look at those little flowers!

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Class

On Tuesday mornings, I attend a PhD-level course called Development Aid and Asia-Pacific Cooperation. After attending a PhD-level class last semester, I swore that I’d never do it again because of the insane workload, but the topic intrigued me so much that I just had to sign up for it. Some people told me that it’s a political science-heavy class and that I should steer clear of it as much as possible if I don’t have a political science background. But then again, for last semester’s class I didn’t know anything AT ALL about education and international relations but I managed to get by.

12:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Lunch/Down time

After class, I grab lunch with my classmates and just chat, then I have free time to do whatever I want. Usually, when I need to finish something, I try to finish it at this time so that I could go straight to bed when I get home. But it doesn’t always happen; sometimes I end up napping in the library or doing other things like writing blog entries!

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Mandarin class

My building for the afternoon class (left) is right across the library (right) so I can take my sweet time, unlike in the morning where I have to rush just to get to class on time.

The university holds Mandarin classes for my level once a week for three hours. This is actually a very fun class. We have a really cool teacher and I am so pleased that we are finally being taught Chinese characters and a bit more of grammar. Most of the speaking and reading exercises really emphasize repetition in order to learn it, and I’m starting to realize that it’s how I learn words and characters best.

The class has 10-minute breaks for each hour, so during those breaks I usually eat and drink as much as I can! 😛

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Choir practice

Right after class, I rush back to the uphill campus’ Art and Culture Center for choir practice. Despite knowing that I’m running late, I never run uphill because by the time I get to practice I would be too tired to sing, and we know how important good breathing is to singing!

9:30 PM – 12:00 AM – Wind down

My dorm is literally just a 3-minute walk from the Art and Culture Center, so I don’t have problems ending practices late at night. When I get home from practice I usually have short chats with my roommate before taking a shower. She usually sleeps earlier than me so I try my best to stay quiet at night – I usually limit nighttime activities to reading (never novels, unfortunately – but readings for classes!) or writing on my journal.

Sometimes my family or my boyfriend calls late at night so I go out of the room out of respect for my sleeping roommate and stay in the lounge to talk on the phone for a few minutes. It’s a pretty nice feeling to talk to them after a long day, it keeps my stress levels down.

When I run out of things to do, I go to bed happy knowing that I’ll be able to sleep in, since I have no classes the following day!


This is a typical Tuesday for me and as you can see, it’s pretty packed. Tuesday is the busiest day for me because of the extra Mandarin class. I also have classes on Monday and Thursday but no Mandarin class, which leaves me with a lot of free time. What happens during my free time highly depends on what I want to do or what I need to finish. But basically, this is a typical outline of my weekday. As opposed to last semester’s schedule, this semester’s schedule is more flexible and I’m liking it because it gives me more time to concentrate on my job, studies, and interests.

It’s pretty long, but I hope you enjoyed reading about my day and I would love to know what yours looks like! 🙂

26 Comments

  1. I’m also a night-owl and I’ve mastered the art of hitting the snooze button while still half-asleep.
    The cherry blossoms look gorgeous!
    Ooh, Mandarin. Interesting! I’m also trying to learn another language (French) atm.
    Wow, you still have choir practice after all those classes? I salute you. I’d be too tired to sing after a long day.
    Ahh, I see. So Tuesday is actually like a Monday to you? 😂

  2. Thank you for the campus tour Claudine! Ahahaha!
    I miss being a student and I love your school! It’s so huge! XD I had hope before a school something like that… That japanese/korean university types if you know what I mean XD AHAHAHA!

    This is an interesting post. Sharing A Day in our life 😀 Heehee~

    1. Lol you’re welcome and thanks for reading! It’s a long post XD

      Haha I know what you mean! I saw a Taiwanese drama before and I was also wishing for a school like the one in the drama. 😉

  3. Thanks for sharing your daily routine. Love seeing the photos, too! It’s always interesting to see how people go about their day. I’m a night owl, too, so waking up is so difficult and I tend to wait until the last minute to wake up. I found that I need to start preparing my bags and such the night before so I don’t scramble around like an idiot in the morning XD; It’s good you’re able to have down times during the day 🙂 I wish I had that option, but nope. Sometimes a one-hour lunch is just not enough!

    1. Thanks for reading, Tara! 😀

      I also used to prepare my stuff during the night but as the school year progressed I just found myself finishing my schoolwork very late at night, so it’s not an option anymore, especially because my roommate sleeps early (she’s a morning person) and I don’t want to wake her up with all the noise XD

  4. I wish I can wake up at 7:30 on a typical day XD. Your view on the way to campus reminds me of my view when I was in undergrad. A morning walk is great for some light exercise.

    We always tell ourselves that we would never do something but end up doing it anyways. It’s all good as long as you enjoy it! Bless professors who give a break in the middle of a class session!

    Glad to hear that you’re a respectful roommate ;). At least you have one busy day out of the week. Sounds like you have more time to relax!

    1. Haha! Believe me, it’s so hard to do wake up so early in the morning. I have multiple alarms set up – just because I tend to hit the snooze button all the time! 😛

      The PhD class is actually an enjoyable class, it can just be a bit overwhelming with all the political science theories we need to read. It’s not really my strong suit 😀

  5. I thought this was interesting to read! I like seeing how people spend their day 🙂 That looks like a nice walk to class, especially with cherry blossoms blooming. They’re so pretty!

    That’s really nice that you have a few hours of downtime in the middle of the day. It sounds like a nice break before having to do 3 more hours of class. I’m also amazed that after that, you go directly to choir practice! That looks like a busy day!

    Your schedule kind of reminds me of my last couple semesters in college. I had a light Monday, busy Tuesdays and Thursdays, but no classes on Wednesdays and Fridays. It was nice to have days in between of no classes!

    I hope the PhD level class is going well and that the workload isn’t too bad!

    1. Thanks for reading, Cat! 🙂

      The class is going well, I’m learning to adjust little by little. It’s just a bit overwhelming speaking and presenting in front of all the PhD candidates! 😮

  6. That’s great that you walk. Even if it takes a little while it’s a good way to get some exercise and explore like you said. 😀 They cherry blossoms look so beautiful.

    That is really cool that you have the Mandarin class and are learning a lot. 😀 It would be good to have it set up in a style that works for you.

    It would be great to be able to talk to your family and boyfriend. It’s really nice that you are respectful of your roommate. 🙂

    It was really interesting to read about your day. 😀

    1. Thanks for reading Kya! 😀

      Regarding Mandarin classes, I actually have one formal class and two tutorials. It’s pretty intense! I’m currently at level B2 but my tutors want to teach me stuff for level B3. It’s sometimes hard but the vocabulary I’m learning is pretty helpful too!

  7. That’s really cool you’re in Taiwan! Are you studying abroad or have moved moved there? Also wow – your Tuesdays are super jam packed! I would be too exhausted to do anything besides plop in bed, haha. And a PhD-level class sounds really intense. Anything to do with PhD sounds really intense tbh.

    A language tip I heard from someone living abroad is that they watch variety shows and then read all the little captions when they’re watching the show. Being able to learn the language in a country full of native speakers sounds like a really immersive and fun experience though!

    The cherry blossoms are also really pretty! We have them on my campus too, although they’re a lot lighter in color.

    1. Hey Rezina! 🙂 I came to Taiwan for grad school 😀

      I try watching Taiwanese variety and talk shows too, but my level is still not high enough to be able to read the characters on screen. It’s a good practice for listening though! 🙂

  8. What a cool post about school in Taiwan! I remember being a student (in America) and having long days as well. I’m feeling somewhat nostalgic but in the end, I like post-grad life better, haha!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

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