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Day in the Life

Lindsay Lesniak ’21


My name is Lindsay Lesniak and I am a junior at Hobart and William Smith. I am an anthropology major with a double minor in biology and environmental studies. I work closely with the Office of Sustainability as an EcoRep, a student-led coalition on campus. I also spend much of my time in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning as a Civic Leader and am club president of HWS Rotaract, a collegiate branch of Rotary International.


Here is what a typical day (pre-coronavirus obviously!) looks like for me:

8 a.m. - Wake up and make breakfast in my kitchen.

9:45 a.m. - Walk to the science buildings for my first class of the day, “Plant Biology.” Lately, we have been dissecting plant species during our lab sessions.


10:45 a.m. – I go to office hours. This is a good time to ask my professor questions about the material.

11 a.m. – I usually camp out in the library for a few hours.

12:30 p.m. – I like to grab my usual black bean burger on a wrap from Au Bon Pain.


1:30 p.m. – I go to my “Creative Anthropology Seminar” with Professor Anderson. Each week, a different group of students leads the discussion with topics ranging from street graffiti to recycled art.

4:30 p.m. – I stop by the Scandling Campus Center to grab my mail. I love sending and receiving letters from my friends and family back home.


6 p.m. - Meet my housemates at Saga for dinner. Sakura is my go-to as it always has the best stir-fry dishes.


7 p.m. - Rotaract Club meeting. We usually discuss upcoming events like Day of Service and plan our annual fundraiser to support an international aid project.

7:30 p.m. - Meet with the Teaching Fellows to review my lab reports. Teaching Fellows are a great peer-to-peer campus resource.

8 p.m. - Swim at Bristol Pool.


9 p.m. - Head back home to shower and finish any readings I may have due for the next day.

11:30 p.m. - It’s lights-out for me, I try not to stay up too late on weekdays so I can be awake and productive the next day!

Everyone’s day looks a little bit different but I hope this helps to give an idea of some of the things that may become a normal part of your schedule as a student here at HWS!

Please feel free to contact me at lindsay.lesniak@hws.edu.

All the best,
Lindsay Lesniak ’21

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