A Busy Day in the Life of an NYU Student
A snapshot of what it’s like to be highly involved on campus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.