Day in the Life

Liam Knight ’20

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Hi! My name is Liam Knight and I’m a biochemistry major and Russian language minor at Hobart and William Smith originally from Bristol, Vermont. I work in the Office of Admissions and as an EMT with HWS Sports Medicine where I work with the football and hockey teams. I also play trumpet in the Colleges’ Jazz Band and am an officer and supervisor with our on-campus student EMS group.

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

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4:30 a.m. – Wake up and make a Dunkin Donuts run for my morning coffee.

5 a.m. – Arrive at the athletic training room to prep for football practice. I set up the water and emergency supplies, and do pre-practice injury prevention with players.

8:30 a.m. – After work I head back to my Odell’s unit (an on-campus apartment) and make myself breakfast, mediate and prepare myself for the day.

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graphic9:15 a.m. – My first class of the day is Tibetan Buddhism with a Tibetan Monk named Hon. Tenzin Yignyen. This is a fascinating class, made especially interesting because Professor Yignyen is a member of the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery.

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10:45 a.m. – Typically I go to Saga to grab lunch at this time. I have an hour and a half before my next class, so I use this time to eat and catch up on the news.

12:15 p.m. – My second class is Russian language. It’s a small class taught by a native Russian speaker, which makes learning much easier and more fun.

1:15 p.m. – While everyone else goes to Saga for lunch, I head to the library to do my homework. I find this is the best time to go to the library because I get my pick of all the best spots.

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3 p.m. – I have a trumpet lesson in the Gearan Center with a professional trumpet player. I have had the same instructor for four years and I have definitely improved.

3:45 p.m. – After my lesson I usually head back to my unit to catch up with my roommates, unwind and make myself an early dinner. I also get some work done.

6 p.m. – I head to the EMS house where the duty crew is stationed. We hang out and talk about the newest developments in the EMS/firefighting world. If I am on duty, I conduct bag checks to make sure

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all of our equipment is where it should be. This helps us respond quickly to an emergency.

7 p.m. – I play in the Wind Ensemble (though I play with my trumpet, so it is more of a concert band than a wind ensemble).

8:30 p.m. – This is my weekday bedtime, or at least what I aim for it to be. If I have extra homework I need to do, I sometimes stay up until 10 p.m. at the latest to do it, so I can start my day early again tomorrow!

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the major or campus in general. Catch me at William.knight@hws.edu any time.

My best,
Liam Knight ’20

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