A Day in the Life of a College Student

Although there’s no single way to divide up your day, there are some common options for what it might look like. Take a look and think about which scenario suits you best.

There’s no such thing as a “typical day” for a college student, since there are so many variables: how many courses you enroll in, if you work part time, if you live on or off campus, when you study most effectively, etc.

Plus, unlike high school, when most of your time is spent in a classroom, nearly all of your work for college occurs outside of class. For example, a class that only meets once a week might require 3–5 hours of preparation between meetings.

Of course, none of these is perfect. We recommend that you consider when your brain is most active and when you tend to be sleepy, then plan out a specific schedule to accommodate those factors.

The Early Bird

  • Wake up early, hit the gym, grab breakfast on the go.
  • Finish classes before late lunch.
  • Spend afternoons studying and/or

The Stacker

  • Schedule all classes for the same 2-3 days a week.
  • Power through all studying and classwork on remaining

The Night Owl

  • Sleep in and head to class late morning.
  • Cram in lunch between classes and an afternoon job.
  • Take an evening

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