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A Day in the Life of a Fellow: Matthew’s Thursday

Follow Matthew around as he jumps from class to meals, to work, to practice, and much more!

Follow Matthew around as he jumps from class to meals, to work, to practice, and much more!

6:30 AM

*Insert classic iPhone alarm here*

6:35 AM

I really have to get up now to walk across campus to get to the stadium from Goodhue (my home for my sophomore year) for morning lift. The walk was longer than I maybe would have liked but it was certainly a good warm-up!


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

I lift with a part of my team and our awesome Strength Coach, Coach Barrett. It’s so awesome to see so many friendly faces to start your day while also getting a little bit stronger.


Laird Weightroom
The weight room, which is located under the stadium, has some really nice equipment, especially for a D3 program!

8:30 AM

After getting cleaned up post-lift I normally head to Burton to grab some food with my teammates. I like to get to full plates, one with potatoes (hashbrowns are my favorite), scrambled eggs (I put ketchup on them, don’t sue me!), and the other plate FULL of the melon trifecta (watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew).


9:15 AM

I finish eating, grab a banana chocolate chip muffin for the road, and then head to Sayles (which is a great building housing a cafe, the post office, bookstore, and a ton of campus offices) to get some last-minute reading down for my next class. I will normally see at least one person I know during this time and spend just a tad too much time socializing (no regrets).


10:10 AM – 11:55 PM

I have my only class of the day, Religion & American Public Life, which takes place in Leighton Hall. It’s a pretty long class but we break it up into tons of full-class discussions (normally about what we read), a little bit of lecturing for background, a small bio-break in the middle, then finish up with some more discussion (but maybe in small groups this time!). This class focused on how we discuss religion in our day to day life and how we can start to unravel its place in modern society. We also got to work on some web pages that would eventually be published!


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

From twelve to one o’clock every Tuesday and Thursday, there’s something called Common Time. During this time there should be no scheduled classes, so this is a great time for club meetings, department events, or in my case a football meeting. Thursday’s was always position focused so I and my fellow offensive lineman (GO KNIGHT HAWGS) would meet and go over the film from the first couple days of practice. These meetings were normally lighthearted and a nice break in the day.


12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

LUNCHTIME!! Depending on the menu, and where my teammates want to eat, we’ll head to either Burton or LDC (Language and Dining center). I prefer LDC at this point in the day because normally the sun is shining through the great big windows along the side of the building. As well as the high probability I’ll see other friends throughout the meal (see my other post about meal culture at Carleton).

Provides context for where I eat breakfast.
Outside view of the main entrance to the LDC. You can see some of those lovely windows!


1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Normally I’ll head back to my dorm and either finish up some homework before tomorrow or take a nap! It’s been a long day already and it’s only two-ish!


2:50 PM

Most likely waking up from my nap realizing I have to walk across campus again to get to work! During the year I am an Office Aid for Admissions, so I book it over to Scoville, home of Carleton College Admissions.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WORK! (includes a lot of errands, data entry, and getting asked to move heavy things)


4:03 PM

Walk back to home sweet home, the stadium. This time to get ready for practice! I have to go pretty early to get my ankles taped, knee braces adjusted (and taped), and finally to get all my gear on.


4:30 PM – 6:15 PM

PRACTICE! I’m guessing you could imagine what goes on there, you know, football things.


6:45 PM

Finish de-taping and getting cleaned up, time to head back to Burton for dinner.


6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

DINNER! Which always tastes MUCH better after practice.

The exterior of the CMC. Fun fact the front arch is supposed to look like the front of a desktop computer!


7:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Work on a Data Structure (Computer Science) project with my classmate and teammate! This wasn’t every Thursday but we had a ton of projects so we spent a lot of time in the CMC (Center for Math and Computing) trying not to get too upset that we missed A SINGLE COLON!!!




We take a couple of breaks throughout the time.


9:00 PM – 10:15 PM

Head back to my dorm and finish up any last-minute work that needs to be done for my Spanish class the next day.


10:15 PM – 11:00 PM

This is generally when I try to start getting ready for bed but normally more my time to catch up with the roommate (Yes, I have one) because we have pretty different schedules. 


Hopefully before midnight

BEDTIME! As I set my multiple alarms for the next day and I tend to walk through the day in my mind. Normally this is where I’ll catch something I forgot to do and realize I’ll have to do it in the morning. I wish my roommate goodnight and turn off the light. 


What a day…

Matthew is a junior Computer Science major from Oberlin, Ohio, but who also takes up residence in Walla Walla, WA. Most of his time is spent singing in the Carleton Choir or playing football for the Knights. When he has free time he loves to hang out with friends by either grabbing a meal, playing D&D, or lounging on the Bald Spot. He is currently trying to find a way to both eat amazing food and stay active, the eternal struggle. Meet the other bloggers!