+ Mary Warner – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
Day in the Life

Mary Warner ’21


My name is Mary Warner and I’m an English major and writing colleagues minor at Hobart and William Smith. I’m from Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. and I’m the Senior Editor of HWS Her Campus, a student mentor for One-on-One Friendship Club and a student writer in the Office of Communications.


My typical Monday on campus (precoronavirus) usually looked like this:


7:20 a.m. — Wake up, get ready and make some breakfast. I live in the Wish Factory theme house so I have access to a kitchen! Most days, I just make some quick oatmeal.

8:45 a.m. — Walk downtown to the Office of Communications on Seneca Street for work. The view of the lake while walking down South Main St. is really beautiful and one of the best parts of my morning.


9 a.m. — Head into Communications for work. I work twice a week and my job mainly consists of researching and writing articles for the HWS website about campus, student or alum news.

11 a.m. — Back to my house. I have a break before my first class so I usually use this time to call my parents, catch up with my roommate and grab a snack before my classes.

12:15 p.m. — My first of three classes (Monday is by far my busiest day of the week) is “Iconoclastic Women of the Middle Ages” with Professor Erussard. It’s the first class on medieval literature I’ve taken and I mostly chose it to fulfill a major requirement, but I’ve actually been really enjoying the class!


1:30 p.m. — My next class is right after the first, but the buildings are really close, so I don’t have to rush too much. This one is “Tsars, Mad Cats, and Comrades: Introduction to Russian Literature” with Professor Pike. I’ve been interested in Russian Lit for a really long time because my older sister studies it, so I’m glad I was finally able to fit it into my schedule this semester.

2:30 p.m. — Finally, I have a break and can get lunch. I usually pick up something from the Café and eat while I edit Her Campus articles because they get posted on Monday nights.


3:15 p.m. — My last class is “Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop” with Professor Cowles. This is one of my favorite classes because it’s such a fun and creative outlet. It’s so great to read other student’s amazing work and just be able to talk about poetry for an hour and a half.

4:45 p.m. — After class, I usually go back to my room to relax a bit, since it’s been a pretty long day. Also, if I have plans for later, this is when I’ll try to knock out some homework.

6 p.m. — Dinner! I’m on the Geneva meal plan, so I don’t go to Saga much, but sometimes I’ll use a swipe to get Grab and Go. Sometimes I buy something from Au Bon Pain (I am obsessed with their Chipotle Black Bean Burger and their Veggie and Hummus wraps! ABP has some of the best vegetarian options on campus, in my opinion).


7:30 p.m. — Every other Monday, I have a meeting for One-on- One Friendship Club, a student organization where we video chat with Indonesian students to help teach them English. Mentoring sessions are on Friday nights. On Mondays, we meet and discuss club initiatives.


8 p.m. — At this point, I will usually go to the library or maybe back to my room. For a while this semester, I went to the Sustainability House every week to watch The Bachelor with some friends, which was always a really fun way to end a Monday!

11 p.m. — Depending on my workload, I might go to bed earlier or later, but I usually try to go to bed as early as possible because I have a morning class on Tuesdays.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the major or campus in general. Feel free to contact me at mary.warner@hws.edu any time.

My best — Mary Warner ’21

Request Information

Submit the form below to begin your own HWS journey. As a thank you for your interest in Hobart and William Smith, we’ll send a laptop sticker to the address included on the form.