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 8:00 a.m. - Time for Breakfast

 

For Res girls, breakfast is mandatory, so I make sure I’m up on time. Well, I can’t really complain because I live right next to the dining hall, so it only takes me a few minutes to get there. I help myself to bacon, eggs, potatoes and yogurt. Since travel time to the school averages 2-5 minutes, I don’t have to worry about being late ;).
 

 8:30 a.m. Math - it's never dull

 

My Higher Level math class with Mr. Schroter is never dull. Today we’re working on limits in calculus and I think this may be my favourite unit so far. Between math songs and dramatic dialogues, this class hardly resembles any other math class I’ve experienced before. Today he puts on crazy pink glasses. We also have the chance for some healthy competition with Boarding, where you and your partner step up to the board and attempt to answer a question as fast as possible (no pressure of course). Problems of the Day and Daily Checks keep us challenged.
 

 9:55 a.m. Visual Arts - researching our topics

 

Today, we are working on research and investigation for our newly established topics. These are the broad ideas, such as ‘obsession,’ that will guide the meaning of our works for the next two years. We are also researching possible artists who share a common meaning or have an interesting style that we can draw inspiration from. My classmates, who are farther along the process, are experimenting with different media and trying out a variety of techniques.
 

 11:15 a.m. Lunch

 

Driven by my belly, I head across the overpass to the cafeteria on the west campus. Here I can get a hot lunch. I just swipe my pass card and choose what I want. I make sure not to linger because the line gets crazy. I’m going back to school for a Classics Club meeting. We’re preparing for the Classics Conference; it’s not for a while but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
 

 12:45 p.m. Physics

 

This is a relatively small class, with less than ten people in it. I love physics and we have great discussions. Ms Wood always gets us going on topics and encourages us to question everything, so I’ve learnt a lot being in her class.
 

 2:10 p.m. Higher Level Time

 

Usually, this is extra class time for the three courses you choose to take at the Higher Level. I don’t have a class today, so this is a good time to get some work done. I’m going to compare notes with my friend.
 

 3:30 p.m. JUMP Tutoring

 

Once a week, I volunteer at the Junior School to tutor a Grade 3 student in math. Today we had the chance to use whiteboards, which we were both very excited about. As we stay with one student for the entire year, we can form good connections. It’s also valuable to bring treats or stickers as motivation.
 

 4:30 p.m. Free time for relaxing

 

Back in residence, this is a good time to get work done before dinner. When I’m finished, I like to play the guitar or watch television with my friends.
 

 6:00 p.m. Dinner at last

 

I feel like I’ve been waiting all day for dinnertime! The staff want to give us meals that we like and I can always find something delicious, and of course, nutritious. While this may be time to eat a good meal, it is also time to talk to friends and relax for a bit.
 

 6:30 p.m. International Language – I’m taking Spanish

 

Being away from home has led to many changes. One of the least desired ones has inevitably been the temporary halt in the development of my Spanish-speaking skills. This year, I am taking Spanish as a first language, as part of my IB Diploma. Since there are only three of us, however, these classes take place after school. It’s great to be able to speak Spanish in class and read the works of some great Latin American authors.
 

 9:00 p.m. Residence Council Meeting

 

Residence Council is a group of students (resident students, if that wasn’t clear) that work to plan activities and events for the entire residence community. This year, I hold the position of Communications Junior Don. Some of my jobs include making invitations and posters for events in residence, as well as the common duties of any res council member. This is our weekly meeting to discuss residence matters.
 

 10:00 p.m. Bedtime!

 

After a few more hours of homework and leisure, it’s bedtime at 12:00. At 12:00 the don on duty will come around and say good night. It’s been a busy day, I’m excited to go to sleep.

 

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