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Day in the Life

Shreeya Desai ’21


Hi! My name is Shreeya Desai and I am from Cape Coral, Florida. I’m pursuing a major in biology and a double minor in anthropology and public policy with a concentration in health care. I am a member of the William Smith Laurel Honor Society, and I am in the Writing Colleagues Program. I also work on-campus at Student Activities, the William Smith Dean’s Office, and for Residential Education as a Resident Assistant (RA).


Here is a typical Monday for me (pre-Covid-19):

7:30 a.m. – Wake up and pack my bag. I grab two clementines – one for me and one for my friend Katelyn for a morning lecture snack.

7:45 a.m. – Go through my morning routine: brush my teeth, get dressed and have a quick chat with residents in the common room.

8:15 a.m. – Walk the short distance from JPR to Napier for my first class – “Parasitology” with Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Graham Goodman. I always like to be a little early to my classes to review notes for the day.


9:30 a.m. – After seeing the images of individuals who are infected with fatal parasites, I go to Au Bon Pain (ABP) to eat some breakfast. My fave order is a toasted croissant and a mocha latte with extra chocolate. Yum!

10:45 a.m. – I head over to Gulick for “Physiology” with Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander, known to me as Dr. D. It’s always an engaging lecture – 10/10 class!


12 p.m. – Learning about the physiology of the human body works up an appetite! Onto Saga with my friend Liv for a quick bite.

1 p.m. – I trek up to the third floor of the library for complete silence as I finish up assignments and readings for the busy week ahead.

3 p.m. – I make my way over to Stern for my third class of the day with my minor advisor, Associate Professor of Anthropology Brenda Maiale. “Sex Roles” explores the engendered roles we all perform daily in an attempt to enforce heteronormativity – would recommend!

5:15 p.m. – Resident Assistant (RA) staff meeting in JPR a.k.a one of my fave parts of the long day! Ashley (my Assistant Director) and Sarah (my Senior RA) lead the meeting, talking about how to better support our first-year residents and hear updates from fellow RAs.

6:15 p.m. – Walk over to Saga for dinner with friends. I am always warmly greeted by Shirley (an employee who knows everyone by name) at the entrance.

7:15 p.m. – Finally, I reach my fourth and final class of the day – “Life Histories” with Professor Maiale. We investigate the ethnographies of many different cultures including our own; it makes a night class worth it because it’s so interesting!

9 p.m. – Time to study! My niche is on the first floor of the library by the big windows. I like to socialize for a bit with friends and then listen to music to block out extra noise.

11:30 p.m. Say my goodbyes to friends in the library and head back home to JPR. I talk with a few residents in the common room – a nice way to start and end the day.


12 a.m. Snapchat my friends saying good night to keep our streaks and make it official: I’m going to bed.


That’s all folks! Please let me know if you have any questions or want to know more about student life. Thanks for reading and say hi to me when we’re all back on campus :)

Stay safe – Shreeya Desai ’21

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