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Day in the Life

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.

That is my typical day at HWS. It is busy, but always a fun adventure! In the wintertime a lot of my time is dedicated to the ski team. After classes are over for the day, we head to Bristol Mountain to ski and train as a team from 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. No matter the semester or the time of year, I always find that a schedule helps me keep myself focused and sharp.

Please, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about daily life on campus.

Eric Bonewald '21

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