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.
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!
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
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! 🙂