Day in the Life

Keyon’dre Betaudier ’22

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My name is Keyon’dre Betaudier and I’m a Media and Society major, planning to minor in Africana Studies. I am currently a junior and originally from Brooklyn, New York. I work as a photographer for the Office of Communications, play intramural soccer and help to tutor students from Indonesia in English as a part of One-on-One Friendship.

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During the tentative period that is the global pandemic, a typical Tuesday looks something like this:

7:30 a.m. – Wake up and wash up to start the day.

8 a.m. – I make myself a bowl of cereal for breakfast and set my computer up for my first of many zoom calls during a fully remote day.

8:30 a.m. – My academic day starts with “Modern Japan,” taught by Associate Professor of Asian Studies James-Henry Holland. This is an anthropology course focusing on Japanese culture, and as someone who plans to visit and hopefully live in Japan one day, I am deeply invested in the material.

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10 a.m. - At this point I have a break of almost two hours that I use to relax before I hunker down for the rest of the day. Toward the end of this period I usually grab lunch from Sherrill Courtside, one of the Saga Grab and Go locations used to help relieve dining hall traffic during the pandemic.

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11:50 a.m. – My second class of the day is “Intro to Global Animation” with Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Society Iskandar Zulkarnain. I’ve always been interested in animation and the class is a Media and Society elective, so it’s a great class for me on multiple fronts.

1:30 p.m. – “Black Images, White Myths” with Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Christine Goding-Doty is my next class. This course focuses on the relationship between race, and specifically whiteness, and visual media of all forms. The course counts toward both Media and Society and Africana Studies, so it aligns well with my interests and goals.

3:10 p.m. – My last class of the day is “Intermediate Japanese 2,” also taught by Professor Holland. Taking Japanese language courses is also very important for my plans to make it to Japan because I want to be able to fend for myself once I get there.

4:40 p.m. – I have finished classes for the day and relax until dinner. Although the day may seem packed, I’ve intentionally loaded my Tuesdays and Thursdays to have emptier Fridays.

6 p.m. – I head to the Scandling Campus Center to meet up with a few people for dinner at the newly socially distanced Saga.

7 p.m. – House meeting at the Meditation House, my residence for the year. If I have time afterwards I like to take photos of Seneca Lake.

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8:15 p.m. – At this point I settle down to do homework for a few hours. I tend to have music playing in the background depending on the type of assignment.

12:30 a.m. – My typical bedtime on a Tuesday night. I tend to be up a little later on Tuesday nights because I don’t have a class until 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about student life or HWS in general. You can reach me at keyondre.betaudier@hws.edu any time.

Keyon’dre Betaudier '22

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