Day in the Life

Liam Knight ’20


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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 any time.

My best,
Liam Knight ’20

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