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Day in the Life

Gavin Flood ’20, MAT ’21


Hi! My name is Gavin Flood and I am a double major in political science and educational studies with a French minor. I am also working on my secondary social studies teaching certification. Next year, I’ll be on campus completing my Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I am from a suburb of Rochester, New York. I am involved in various singing groups on campus, work in a few different campus offices and serve as a Resident Assistant (RA).


My typical Monday (pre-coronavirus, of course!) usually looks something like this:


7:30 a.m. – Wake up and take a shower.

8:15 a.m. – Grab a coffee from Au Bon Pain and head to the library, where I’ll finish the reading for my first class.


9:15 a.m. – My first class of the day is “The American Presidency” with Professor Price. With a presidential election looming, this course is extremely relevant and interesting.


11:30 a.m. – I meet with my boss, Percy, in Residential Education for our weekly one-on-one as part of my role as an RA on campus. I oversee Medbery Hall, an historic building along the Quad. Being an RA has been one of the most rewarding positions I’ve held on campus.

12:15 p.m. – Meet friends for lunch in Saga. I typically build my own sandwich at “Stacks” and have an apple. The cookies are always good, too.

1:30 p.m. – Next I have class with Professor Kehle – “Learning, Teaching, Schools, and Mathematics.” This course is amazing, even for someone who is not super good at math. Did you know that there is a bigger infinity that mathematicians do not even know about?


3:15 p.m. – My final class of the day, “Theories of American Democracy” with Professor Quish, is in Stern Hall. I am rounding out my political science major, with a focus on American Politics. (I had the opportunity to take comparative courses on French politics while studying abroad in Renne, France!)

4:30 p.m. – Head back to Medbery Hall and unwind. I usually take this time to watch Tik Toks, check social media or take a quick nap before dinner.

5:30 p.m. – If the weather is nice, I’ll go for a run along Seneca Lake.

6:30 p.m. – I’ll grab dinner in Saga. My favorite is when MyKitchen station is serving pancakes!


7:30 p.m. – Next I have a capella rehearsal in the Gearan Center. I am a part of the co-ed a capella group. We typically perform twice a year and sing a variety of songs.

8:30 p.m. – I usually dedicate two or three nights a week to go to Economics Teaching Fellows. Teaching Fellows are essentially student tutors that assist other students in various departments across campus. They are an amazing resource!

10:30 p.m. – I head to bed pretty early, as I have class at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday. I usually try to call home once or twice a week or FaceTime a friend.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my areas of study, my campus involvement or general questions about HWS. Feel free to reach out to me at gavin.flood@hws.edu.

Gavin Flood ’20, MAT ’21

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