Day in the Life

Allie Bonagura ’22

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My name is Allie Bonagura and I am from Storm Lake, Iowa (a tiny town in the Northwest Corner of the state). I am pursuing an Individual Major focusing on what affects access to healthcare in different populations. I am on the pre-med track and minoring in Biology. On campus, I was a member of the William Smith JV Soccer team for two seasons, I work in the William Smith Dean’s Office and at the Cellar Pub and I am one of the chapter leaders of Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Off campus, I have an internship with the Geneva Family Resource Center and its Finger Lakes Resiliency Network. I like to stay busy and I really enjoy everything that I do!

Student

Here is a typical Friday for me in the spring semester of 2020:

6:30 a.m. - I wake up, roll out of bed and run to Bristol Gym for 6:45 lift with my roommate. We lift for about 45 minutes with William Smith rowing team and we always say hello to our teammates working in the weight room!

7:30 a.m. - After working out, I run to the team room and get dressed for the day. Then, I head to Wegmans with the other PLEN chapter leaders to get the food for our biweekly breakfasts. We get coffee, bagels, fruit and all sorts of other goodies and bring it back to Hirshson Ballroom.

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8:30 a.m. - I help lead the PLEN breakfast. We do a variety of themes for these meals. Some highlights from the year were a Congress to Campus session with two former members of Congress and HWS Votes, a video call with Sarah Bruno who works for the main PLEN organization in Washington, D.C., and a panel of female department chairs and our Provost Mary Coffey.

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9:45 a.m. - Right after breakfast, I go straight to my physics course. This class is normally fun, and my favorite memory was on Valentine’s Day when the whole lesson was themed and Associate Professor of Physics Ileana Dumitriu brought valentine goodies for the class!

10:45 a.m. - After physics, I head to my “German 101” course. This course is very interesting, and I really enjoyed the challenge of learning a new language.

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12 p.m. - After German, it is off to “Organic Chemistry II.” This is normally when I get really hungry, so sometimes a snack stop at Au Bon Pain is necessary on the way to class. This is my most challenging course. In lab, I am working with my group to make an analogue of a cancer fighting drug, which is cool because it has a direct medical application.

1:15 p.m. - Finally, after chemistry, I head to my last class of the day, “Death and Dying.” This course is a service learning course, so I also visited a resident at Seneca Lake Terrace once a week.

2:30 p.m. - I am done with everything official for the day! This semester I had all four of my classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and had lab or work on Tuesday and Thursday. After my fourth class, I will go to the Cellar Pub to grab some lunch and say hello to my coworkers.

3:30 p.m. - After lunch I return to my suite and hang out with my roommates! I try to give myself Friday afternoon off from doing schoolwork, so as long as nothing is due on Friday, it will be a homework free afternoon. I also really enjoy Friday afternoon naps.

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6:30 p.m. - If there is a home hockey game, my friends and I sometimes go to those or we go off campus to grab something to eat.

12 a.m. - I am normally exhausted by Friday. I try to get to bed before midnight, so Saturday can be productive.

And there you have it! A typical Friday for me. I think the most important thing is that you make your schedule work for you. I have been able to make completely different schedules every semester at HWS, and I think this has been the one that works best for me. I also know that a lot of people would hate to have all four classes back-to-back, so find what works for you!

Please reach out if I can be helpful to you in anyway – alassandra.bonagura@hws.edu.

Best,
Allie Bonagura '22

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