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 ’20, MAT ’21

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