A Day in the Life: American University Student

Ever wonder what a typical day for an American university student looks like? Join student blogger Katie Overby to learn more about her day-to-day experience.


6:00 AM-7:00 AM

Depending on what I have planned for the morning, I usually wake up around 6:00 or 6:30. I get dressed ready for work, where I must dress business casual. On Wednesday’s I get weekly shots to help with my allergies and on Thursdays I usually have a Zoom meeting with EducationUSA to plan blogs. At around 7:15, I leave the house for work.

Louisiana State Capitol

7:30 AM-12:30 PM

One of my favorite things about being a university student is there is plenty of flexibility to decide when you want to take your classes. I work in an office for the state government, so I choose to do classes in the afternoon and go to work in the morning. I’ve worked here for three years, starting as a Student Worker and now working as an Administrator. Daily tasks for me at work include assisting new employees with paperwork, answering phones, and organizing incoming mail.


12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Before my classes, I go and get lunch. I’ll either run back to my apartment and make a quick meal or I’ll run through a restraunt drive thru. I also take this time to change out of my work clothes and put on something more casual and finish up any last-minute assignments. My school is just 1 mile (2.5 kilo) from my apartment, so I usually leave about 30 minutes before my class begins.


2:30 PM-4:30 PM

My school is just 1 mile (2.5 kilo) from my apartment, so I usually leave about 30 minutes before my class begins. I have Political Science on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and my senior research class on Tuesday and Thursday, and the rest of my classes are 100% online, so I do them on my own time.



4:30 PM-7:00 PM

After classes, I’ll run any errands I may have such as grocery shopping. On Wednesdays, I usually have a German club meeting and on Tuesdays, I help volunteer as an English Tutor. I also use this time to study and do homework.


7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Usually around 7:00 I make dinner. My favorite dinner to make is pasta. After I eat, I’ll watch

TV or hangout with my roommates, until it's time for bed. Since I wake up early I start to get ready for bed around 9 and go to sleep around 10 or 11.




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