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Spend a day with me in Berkeley

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2023

Like many other UC Berkeley students, I’m sure I share sentiments of not having enough time and being constantly busy. Especially since school has started, it feels as though I hardly have enough time to even catch my breath with school, homework, work, club recruitment and balancing time for friends and a social life. Regardless, here is a day in the life of a UC Berkeley sophomore. 


As a part-time barista, I have work every day at 7:30 a.m. Thus, my day usually starts pretty early! Today I got up at around 7 a.m. to throw on clothes and got ready to go in the typical “rushing college student fashion.” I opened the shop and shared a couple laughs with my coworkers before I had to leave at 11 a.m. for my first class of the day. 


I’m a double major in English and film and media, thus my first class today was a film lecture. I took some notes and talked to the people around me before leaving to run to my apartment and drop off my work clothes. I unfortunately only had time to get food on campus, so I grabbed my favorite salad from Ladle & Leaf — the Chicken Chipotle. I would highly recommend trying it if you haven’t already. 

Unfortunately, I’m still on the waitlist for one of the English classes that I need for my degree, so after lunch I headed to class in the hopes that I’ll eventually get off the waitlist — even though it isn’t looking too great. My class is conveniently really close to Caffè Strada, which is great for me since it’s one of my favorite study spots. I also love its matcha drinks and the environment of the cafe so I stopped by for some caffeine and to read “The Picture of Dorian Gray” for my class. Since it was such a nice day, I decided to head back to campus and continue reading at my favorite grassy area under one of the trees by the Valley Life Sciences Building. These study spots usually aren’t as packed as libraries tend to be, and they make me feel very peaceful and relaxed while reading my required novels. After my quick study break, I went to my first class for the media DeCal I decided to take this semester. I really enjoyed the class and had a great time meeting everyone.


Once the class was over, I met up with my friend outside the classroom so we could walk to Celia’s together for our friend’s Taco Tuesday birthday celebration. We ate, talked, laughed and had a great time. 

I definitely didn’t expect to be out so late, but I took the bus back with my friend from Northside since we both live on Southside, and finally got home safe. Back at home, I talked to some of my roommates while working on club applications and homework before getting ready for bed and promptly passing out. 

Today was a super busy day, but nonetheless, I had a great time — even though I got to work a half hour late the next day because of how tired I was. School can be stressful, but it’s always a good idea to take a break and make time for friends, family and mental health. I hope you enjoyed reading about a day in my life!

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2023