Day in the Life

Mary Mazzarella ’21

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Greetings! My name is Mary Mazzarella. I am a biology major and law and society minor on the pre-med track at Hobart and William Smith. I come from Tolland, a small town in Connecticut. I am involved in the equestrian team and EMS on campus.

Student

A typical Wednesday, before “Zoom University,” for me looks like this:

8:45 a.m. – I wake up to my alarm or my roommate, Sarah, coming back from her morning lift and get ready.

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9:20 (ish) a.m. - I go to Au Bon Pain (ABP) to grab a ham and cheese croissant and some sort of caffeine.

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9:45 a.m. - I’ll go to my first class in Coxe Hall, which is CHEM 120 with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Josh Newby. I can’t say I am much of a chemistry person, but he is definitely one of the best teachers I have had and I enjoy it a little more now.

10:45 a.m. - I go to Saga to get my ‘post chem’ early lunch with my friend Gabe who is in my chem class as well. We usually meet up with Alex, a friend I met through Gabe. I eat a bagel while I wait for lunch to be served at 11 a.m. During this time, if I don’t have too much work I will stay in Saga until my next class. I use it as my social time.

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12:15 p.m. - Time for “Vertebrate Biology” with Professor of Biology Jim Ryan! This class is very interesting to me as a biology major, but also I absolutely adore my professor.

1:15 p.m. - I am usually hungry again at this point so if I am able, I will snag a quick snack from The Café, get a Starbucks Triple Shot and head on over to my chem lab.

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2 p.m. - Lab with Lab Instructor William Zuk! If you have the chance to take lab with him, you won’t regret it! It is work but Professor Zuk makes it easy to follow and understand concepts learned in class. Not only that, but Professor Zuk plays great music on the radio! If you are timely and get the lab done, he lets you leave early.

5 p.m. - This is the scheduled end time for lab, but if I get done early I will go to Sherill Hall to relax and work on some photography assignments.

5:30 p.m. - Head over to Campus Safety after changing into my Emergency Medical Service (EMS) gear! Before EMS class we meet at Campus Safety to debrief with our officers what we have learned so far.

6 p.m. - I drive over to Finger Lakes Community College, which is less than 2 minutes away, usually with Jonathan, Jason and David. Don’t worry I got all my snacks! EMS consists of lecture time and lab times. Wednesdays it runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 4 to 10 p.m.

10 p.m. - At this point I will either drop off Jonathan, Jason and David at their dorms or we will all go to ABP to get a power snack before studying. My go-to study meal is a warm ham and two cheese sandwich and a medium caramel macchiato with whole milk, of course. Then I will typically go to an empty classroom because I do my work on chalkboards.

12-1 a.m. - This is my standard time to go back to my room in Caird Hall, if I don’t have any major exams or papers. I will then get ready for bed quietly as to not wake up my roomie and go to bed!

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This seems like a ton but I promise there is more time in the day than you think and I have a passion for the extra stuff I do on top of classes. I allot time for social interaction as well as a mental break!

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Email: mary.mazzarella@hws.edu
Photography Insta ‘HWS sports photos’: @mazzarella_photo

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