Eric Bonewald ’21
My name is Eric Bonewald, I am currently a senior here at the Colleges. I am from New London, New Hampshire and I am a double major in Architecture and Environmental Studies. After I graduate, I hope to go into the field of landscape architecture. On campus I am a member of the club baseball team, a captain of the alpine ski team, and I am a Teaching Assistant in the wood shop. When I am not studying and completing projects at the arts campus, I enjoy spending time outdoors and connecting with nature.
Here is a typical Thursday (pre-corona):
7:15 a.m. - Alarm wakeup. Straight in for a quick refreshing shower (while a little Billy Joel plays in the background).
7:45 a.m. – Make a cup of coffee on my way out, thanks to my Keurig. Nothing is better than a Keurig in a college dorm room or apartment!
8:15 a.m. – Arrive at the arts campus. This half hour allows me to organize before class. I pin up work and clean off my drafting table for the day.
8:45 a.m. – Architecture 300 – a studio course. The first 45 minutes consist of peer critiques, offering constructive and positive criticism to each other to help push our projects to the next level. The next 2 hours of class I work independently as my professor and teaching assistant circulate giving critiques and ideas.
11:45 a.m. – I drive back to the main campus. I spend some time at my Odell’s unit which is on-campus apartment style living. I typically make myself lunch, and settle in for a few hours of homework.
2 p.m. – I start to gather my reading materials and notebooks for my 3:45 class.
2:15 p.m. – I walk across campus to either Au Bon Pain or the café for a small snack and an iced coffee. While sitting down with my iced coffee, I review my reading material for my “Gentrification” class. I give myself extra time for this because it is not uncommon for me to spend some time socializing with the many friendly faces passing by.
3:45 p.m. – I start over to Stern Hall for “Gentrification.” This class is one of my absolute favorites. I am a double major in Architectural Studies and Environmental Studies, and this Sociology class is a great way for me to push my thinking and see the world through a more critical and social lens.
5:30 p.m. – I head back to my Odell’s apartment for a little bit of rest and relaxation. I find when you are constantly on the move, it is so important to take time just for yourself.
6:30 p.m. – It’s dinner time! Depending on my mood and the amount of work I have for the night, I will either grab a sandwich or pre-made meal from Wegmans, grill out on our patio, or cook in my apartment.
7 p.m. – Back at the arts campus, I begin my Teaching Assistant shift in the woodshop. Here, I help maintain the shop, clean and service machines and help studio students with their assigned projects. Some of the common studio projects that I help students with include materials like plaster, wood, plexiglass, clay and wax.
9 p.m. – My shift in the woodshop is over and I clean and lock up the space. Heading back to main campus, I sometimes will schedule this time for group project meetings in the library or I head back home for a little more homework and relaxing before bed.
9:30 p.m. – This is the time in my day where I try not to really schedule myself for anything. If I have reading or homework to do, I will use this time to finish that, and if not, I will typically find a football, basketball or baseball game on TV to watch.
11:30 – Time for bed! (Usually) College is a balance between socializing and academics. With nothing but meetings scheduled on Fridays, I sometimes find myself up later socializing with my three roommates.
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