+ Lalaine Vergara – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
Day in the Life

Lalaine Vergara ’21


Hi! My name is Lalaine Vergara and I’m an economics and American studies double major at Hobart and William Smith, originally from Southern California. I’m involved with the Campus Activities Board, Greek Life as well as the Office of Admissions as an O’Laughlin Ambassador. I was also one of the fall 2020 Orientation Coordinators responsible for welcoming the Classes of 2024.


My typical Monday looks something like this:

7 a.m. – Time to wake up! The first thing I do when I wake up is check my emails, look at the news and scroll through all my social media.


7:30 a.m. – I live in the Theta Phi Alpha House, so I eat the majority of my meals at home. For breakfast, I usually make myself some avocado toast with a sunny side egg. After cleaning up breakfast, I shower and get my day started.

9 a.m. – Head down to the main campus and go to Au Bon Pain to get myself a hot caramel macchiato.

9:45 a.m. – My first class is “ECON 301: Microeconomic Theory and Policy” with Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Joyita Roy Chowdhury in Emerson Hall. This class discusses demand and production of firms within competitive and non-competitive markets.


11 a.m. – I head over to Stern Hall for my second class of the day. Here, I take “ECON 304: Econometrics” with Assistant Professor of Economics Sooyoung Lee. This class is one of the requirements for my economics major. Throughout the semester, we’ve been working on our final projects by utilizing data analysis to explain causal relationships with our chosen topics.

12:15 p.m. – After my second class, I have a little break before my last class of the day. During this time, I walk back to my house on S. Main Street and make myself a quick lunch.

2 p.m. – I head to the library before my next class to get some work done in my free time. I try to get started on my work that is due on the following day.

3:15 p.m. – Mondays are one of my busiest days and are mainly focused on one of my majors, economics. By this time, I head back to Stern Hall for my last class of the day, “ECON 310: Economics and Gender” with Professor Roy Chowdhury. In this class, we analyze economics and their theories in the perspective of gender. It’s a discussion-based course that heavily focuses on the course readings.

4:45 p.m. – I walk back to my room to put my stuff down and get ready to work out. When it isn’t too snowy or cold, I try to get some cardio in before the day ends by running a couple of miles around Geneva. My ideal route is to always pass the views of Seneca Lake.

6 p.m. – I usually run for about an hour, then I head back to my room to take a break. Since I’m always doing something at every moment, it’s good for me to set aside time for myself whenever I get the chance. Between now and dinner, I’ll catch up on some of my favorite Netflix shows.


7 p.m. – Dinner! I grab dinner at SAGA with a couple of friends and talk about how our Monday is going.

8 p.m. – I will try to get some work done in the library. With my rigorous course load, I tend to spend a lot of time there studying and finishing any outstanding assignments.

11 p.m. – My day typically ends at about 11 p.m. At the latest, I try to leave the library by 10:30 to be in bed by 11 p.m. Since the majority of my week is jam packed, I try to get as much sleep as possible before the next day starts.

And that’s what a typical Monday looks like for me! If you have any questions about campus life, extracurriculars, majors, or anything about HWS, feel free to reach out to me via email at lalaine.vergara@hws.edu!

My best,
Lalaine Vergara '21

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