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Day in the Life of a Carl: McKenna’s Wednesday

McKenna goes through her schedule on a typical Wednesday.  Highlights include: snack breaks, pigeons, and dancing with friends!

McKenna goes through her schedule on a typical Wednesday.  Highlights include: snack breaks, pigeons, and dancing with friends!


7:00 My alarm goes off.

7:20 I actually get out of bed.

Evelyn Anderson Hall in the morning sun
Honestly, the light in the morning is so beautiful I almost regret waiting so long to get out of bed.

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast with friends in LDC (the Language and Dining Center, it’s central to my life on campus). I’m a pretty predictable customer, so I get my usual sausage, potatoes, fruit, and tea. It’s fairly early by Carleton standards, but I have a few friends who are also taking an early class so we sit together and talk.

8:30 – 9:40: I go to my first class of the day after refilling my tea. I’m taking Psychology of Learning and Memory, which has a lab section on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We’re learning about classical conditioning in lecture, and tomorrow we’ll get back to teaching our pigeon (Corny) to peck a lit key for a food reward.

A white pigeon named Corny
This is my pigeon, Corny.

10:00 – 12:00: After class, I head to the Weitz Center for Creativity to start my work study job. I am the Office Assistant for the Department of Theater and Dance. My duties vary, but usually include putting up or taking down posters for events, creating schedules for dance studios, and uploading performance videos to Moodle (our online class software). Sometimes, if I’m hungry, I’ll order a drink and a croissant from the cafe.

12:15 – 1:00: Once I’m done with work, I text a friend and head to one of our dining halls for lunch. Today, I decide to go back to the LDC  because they have some promising items on the menu. After finishing my lunch, I return to my room to switch out my notebooks. I check my email and do some vocab review” (a.k.a., I take a nap).

1:50 – 3:00: I get to Russian class a few minutes early and talk to my professor. Everyone else trickles in and we chat a little before we start the class-wide conversation about the homework. This classroom is also one of my favorite study places, so I stick around after class and start working on my homework for Friday.

5:30 – 6:30: I’m a part of Synchrony II, a large dance group for dancers and non-dancers alike. Our performance is this weekend, so I walk back to the Weitz and get ready to dance! All rehearsals happen at different times and in different locations, so it’s only the second time I’ve seen my friends’ dances! Once practice is over, we all head to Burton Dining Hall to get dinner.

synchrony ii dancers in action
Two of my friends were in a Lion King dance, and I think they nailed it!

6:30 – 8:45: After dinner, I spend a little time in the library (the Libe) finishing up some readings for my classes on Thursday. I have a class and a lab section on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so Wednesday can be a bit of a crunch day for me. 

9:00 – 10:00: Wednesday nights are my favorite because I get to go to Russian Tea (Русский чай)! Russian students and our Language Assistant (a peer, resident, native-speaker) chat in Russian, watch music videos, and play games together. Our LA also brings snacks!

11:00 – 11:45: After another hour of studying, I head back to my dorm and start getting ready for bed. My days at Carleton are really full, but they’re also really fun. I go to bed looking forward to tomorrow’s classes and activities!


McKenna is a Russian and Psychology double major who is suffering from major Minnesota-withdrawal (her favorite season is, in fact, winter). On campus, she’s often designing lights for a student performance, speaking Russian in Parish house, or grabbing a meal with friends. She’s also a proud member of the Carleton Equestrian Team and is currently playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in her free time. Meet the other bloggers!