A Typical Tuesday at the University of Nottingham
I’ll confess that the title is a touch misleading. We know the typical Tuesday for most is a late rise after ink, a crawl to the local Sainsbury’s or crying whilst struggling up f-off hill. Mine is a touch different, arguably more boring but it works for me nicely — so I felt obliged to share it with you.
I wake up at 6am daily, (weekends included) which might seem a bit of a struggle but after persistence becomes quite manageable. By doing this I have learned to be able to sneak in an hour of reading before I need to be anywhere. When arriving places I am able to take my time and have already had a chance to waken up. This is also a nice time to hit up a gym class at David Ross or read something fun whilst sipping down a Mooch Cappuccino.
As with all Tuesdays, or so it seems to have been, I have a seminar on the top floor of Portland Building at 9am. A grueling hour of plaid-shirt-wearing English students with burnt coffee discussing Blake and his visions ensues for the hour, sometimes beyond that.
Weather dependent, as with everything in the UK, my lunch ideally takes place on a bench looking out onto the lake at University Park campus, with its swans, ducks, dog walkers and peace. When the rain is upon us I welcome the cosines of Portland Coffee Company. Though I always do feel obliged to have a nice cup of coffee when I do go there.
The early afternoon will usually comprise of me hitting up a cubicle in the top floor of Hallward, away from the distractions of Jubilee Campus’s beauty or the general noise around libraries and study spaces elsewhere. Here I usually dedicate an hour to each module of work, taking a ten minute break (excluding procrastination) between each of my three modules.
4 - 6pm features a lecture in the absolute maze that is Pope Building, if I manage to locate the room. Afterwards, I walk home. Living in Lenton means there’s a bus ride, or a nice opportunity for a cool twenty minute walk onto campus and back. I used to walk to lectures with my friends but as a third year, I don’t tend to be in lessons with anyone I know. So it has become a great time to listen to a podcast. The benefits have been incredible.
7 – 8pm is dinner time, I’m a big foodie and love dedicating a nice amount of time to my dinner. I almost always make two portions, saving one (or most of one) for lunch the day after.
The evening is then spent between reading, David Ross Sports Village, copying out lecture notes or hitting up Junkyard, my favourite bar in the city.
Whilst this is often the day, and of course sometimes a bit more idyllic than accurate, it is me at my best — something I always aim for. Consequently, I hope it helps bring inspiration to ‘unlocking the full potential’ (This horrendous-but-apt quote is printed on a lot of the new banners round the Uni) of your day too.
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