A Busy Day in the Life of an NYU Student

A snapshot of what it’s like to be highly involved on campus

NYU student in front of the Washington Square fountain and arch at NYU.

Hello! My name is Zani. I’m a senior at NYU, double-majoring in Film and Television and Psychology. I work on campus as an Admissions Ambassador and a resident assistant (RA), and this is how I spend my time on a particularly busy Thursday. 

A busy street viewed from an NYU bus window.
A New York City crosswalk.

8:00 A.M.

Even though I’m not a morning person, I wake up bright and early this morning. This gives me just enough time to do my morning routine and make it to the NYU bus by 8:30 a.m. I catch the bus outside my residence hall and ride it to campus. Then I walk to the Bonomi Family Admissions Center for my 8:45 a.m. Admissions Ambassador supervisor shift.

Admissions Ambassadors at the Bonomi lobby desk.
Admissions Ambassadors waving NYU pennants and pom-poms.

As an Admissions Ambassador supervisor, I help open the admissions center for the day. Today, a few ambassadors call out, so I find someone to cover each of their shifts. When it’s time for tours to go out, I make sure all the ambassadors are lined up and ready. And when the tours come back, I help answer any questions at the front desk. I have the best job on campus! I love talking with the other ambassadors at the desk during any downtime and interacting with prospective students and families throughout my shift.

11:00 A.M.

Gregorys Coffee facade.

I’m all finished with my shift now, so it’s time to get something to eat. And most importantly, it’s time for some caffeine! Today, I decide to treat myself to Gregorys Coffee for breakfast. This coffee shop is one of my favorite cafes around campus, and it’s only a few blocks away from the admissions center. I order a vegan scramble and matcha latte. Normally, I eat in the cafe or at one of NYU’s designated eating areas, but since it is nice outside, I decide to eat my food in Washington Square Park.

12:30 P.M.

By the time I finish my breakfast, it’s almost time for class! The recitation for Introduction to Psychology is my first class of the day. 

Fun fact: I am actually not taking this class—I’m teaching it!

I’m enrolled in a class called Teaching in Psychology, which fulfills an advanced elective credit for my Psychology major. In this class each student leads a recitation for Introduction to Psychology. Today, my students are preparing for an exam, so we play Kahoot! to review the material.

1:45 P.M.

After class I stay back for a few minutes to answer any lingering questions students ask me. Then I walk over to the Kimmel Center for University Life to grab lunch. For lunch, I get a Beyond Burger and french fries. I eat my lunch in the Kimmel dining hall then head to the 9th floor to hang out before my next class. In my free time, I post the homework for my Intro to Psychology students, and I watch some TikTok!

The author’s laptop and a view of the city from Kimmel’s 9th floor.

3:00 P.M.

After lunch it’s time for my last class of the day, Teaching in Psychology. In this seminar I meet with the other recitation leaders to discuss our recitations. The class is very small, with only 15 students enrolled, so we have a lot of great discussions with our professor about psychology and different teaching styles. Today, we debate multiple-choice and free-response test assessments.

4:30 P.M.

Lucky for me, class lets out a little bit early! I make it out just in time to catch the NYU bus back to my residence hall. At my residence hall, I throw down my backpack and grab a snack. I use this time to relax by watching some videos on YouTube, but my day is far from over.

6:00 P.M.

A staircase and floor of Weinstein Hall.

I go downstairs to my building’s resource center (RC) for my RA shift. As an RA, I am required to work in the RC for three hours a week. I start today’s shift by logging a few packages into our mail tracking system. Throughout my shift I distribute packages to the residents who come to pick them up. Typically, I also complete some administrative tasks like filing papers, making copies, or organizing files. However, I wasn’t given an assignment today, so I multitask and complete some homework during my shift.

The author’s laptop featuring a still from her thesis film.

I am currently taking Advanced Documentary Production Workshop to complete my thesis film for my Film and Television major. My editor sent me a version of my film, so I watch it back and type out some notes during my RC shift.

9:00 P.M.

Once I’m finally done with my RC shift, I head back upstairs to my room and start cooking dinner. (I know it’s late.…I like it that way!!) Tonight I’m having my go-to, protein pasta with a side of bread and a Trader Joe’s sparkling lemonade. After I finish my dinner, I watch the latest episode of Law and Order: SVU at my desk.

The author’ dinner, protein pasta with bread and sparkling lemonade.
A still from “Law and Order: SUV” on the author’s laptop.

10:30 P.M.

I head to bed without watching Organized Crime because I’m so tired! But, I’ll watch it first thing tomorrow because I don’t have any Friday classes. After my incredibly busy day, I’m so ready to rest over the long weekend.