Day in the Life

Alex Dwyer ’23

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Hi! Hello Everyone! My name is Alex Dwyer and I am a geoscience and environmental studies double major from Wallingford, Connecticut. On campus, I am involved in the Koshare Dance Collective and the Skating Club. I also work as a teaching assistant for “Introduction to Meteorology” and I am a student writer for the Office of Communications.

Student

Typical Monday

7:30 a.m. – Wake up, get ready for the day and head to Saga for breakfast with my roommate.

8:30 a.m. – I head to the library for about an hour to get a little bit of work done before my first class.

9:50 a.m. – My first class is “Introduction to Hydrogeology,” taught by Associate Professor of Geoscience Tara Curtin. It is located in the Albright Auditorium so that we can maintain proper social distance while still learning in person. Right now, we are learning about the controls on freshwater distribution by examining global energy balance and atmospheric circulation.

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graphic11 a.m. – My second class is “Hydrometeorology.” It is taught by Associate Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz. We have been learning about atmospheric stability and the hydrometeorological cycle. Later in the course we will tackle the metrological impacts of water, studying topics such as floods, droughts, summertime rain-producing convective systems, snowfall, evapotranspiration and probabilistic precipitation forecasts.

12:10 p.m. – I’ve finished with both of my classes for the day. I head to Saga to meet up with some friends and eat lunch before I have my “Introduction to Hydrogeology” lab. My friends and I “saga-sit” for a while, catching up and chilling out before we continue on with the day.

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12:40 p.m. – I head back to my dorm briefly to change into warm clothes for my lab. We are heading out on Seneca Lake aboard the William Scandling research vessel. It can get windy and cold.

1:20 p.m. – My lab group and I, along with Associate Professor of Geoscience David Finkelstein, spend about three hours on the lake completing titrations to measure the chloride concentration, phenolphthalein alkalinity and total alkalinity of the lake at several depths.

5 p.m. – I head back to my dorm room after a long day of classes and lab. At this point I will take some time to myself and eat a snack before dinner.

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6:15 p.m. – My roommate and I head to Saga to meet our friends for dinner.

7 p.m. – I head back to my room to get started on homework for the night. I’m working on a paper and presentation for my “Hydrometeorology” class. I’ve been tasked with taking the Great Lakes side in an imaginary “Water War” between the Great Lakes region and southwest United States.

11 p.m. – Shower and get ready to go to bed. I’ll need a good night sleep since I have work in the morning.

Best,
Alex Dwyer ’23

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