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Day in the Life

Kevin Lin '20


Hi! My name is Kevin Lin and I’m a double major in economics and English, originally from New York City. On campus, I’m a Writing Fellow through the Center for Teaching and Learning and I’ve been fortunate to work with some renowned writers through the Trias Writer in Residency program.


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

8:00 am – I wake up and start my morning routine (shower and brush my teeth).

8:45 am – Look over some of the work or readings that I have due for the day and get dressed.


9:15 am – Go to Au Bon Pain and grab a bacon-egg-and-cheese on a jalapeno bagel.

10:00 am – Start my shift at the Office of Communications where I work on various articles being published that week and sometimes, I do some photo captioning work. It's always a good time because Natalia, Mary and Cathy are all so great; it feels like I'm just chilling.

12:00 pm – I finish my shift and start my walk from downtown Geneva back to campus. I try and grab a bite at Saga in-between, but if I can’t, I just get a Grab-N-Go. If I have time, I hit the library and get whatever odd work done I can.


1:30 pm – I have class with Assistant Professor of Economics Evren Damar who teaches “Current Issues in Macroeconomics,” an advanced seminar class meant to really get us to understand financial systems at large. I think it's probably one of the coolest classes I've taken and I learn a lot every time I'm in the class. Professor Damar will always give you a lot of work, but you come out on the other side better for it.


3:15 pm – I head to my next class, “Ulysses,” taught by Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Stephen Cope. I can honestly say Professor Cope is one of the most understanding professors on this campus, with insight on literature that is unparalleled. If you ever get the chance to take a class with him, do it. He's such a joyful man and that's contagious.

4:45 pm – I either go to the library to do work until dinner or head back to my room for a quick nap. It really depends on how tired or productive I'm feeling that day.

6:00 pm – I go to dinner with some friends. I only eat for 20 minutes, but spend the hour just sitting around Saga hanging out.


7:00 pm – I go to work at the Center for Teaching and Learning as a Writing Fellow. There, I help students with their essays and writing assignments, giving them feedback in places where I think they can improve. I usually do drop-ins or appointments at this time, depending on the day.

9:00 pm – I take a break for 30 minutes, probably going around the first floor of the library and just talking to whoever I see. It's always fun to hear what other people are working on or what they're suffering through…. really brings the whole college experience together when you know everyone is wading through mountains of work with you.

9:30 pm – I do work, sometimes in a group, sometimes alone.


11:30 pm – I run to the gym and get a quick one-hour workout in before it closes. Depending on the day, I'll be doing different things likes legs, arms, back, etc. It's a good way to destress and just a moment in the day where I can blast music.

12:30 am – I shower and get ready for bed. I catch up on texts and social media at this point until I fall asleep.

That about sums it up. I hope my day-to-day helps you see what your own day could be like at HWS.

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