A Day in the Life of a Maths Student
I usually get up around 9:30, have some coffee and toast, and get ready for lectures at 10am! In my first year I’ve got two a day, every day except Sundays. They’ve been online for me so far, with lecturers filming in lecture theatres, making handwritten notes, or writing out the content digitally. Although I haven’t yet had the *full university experience* of in person lectures, the ability to pause or put something on 1.5x speed is a blessing!
I then go for lunch around 12:45pm, either cooking something (noodles) myself, or going to get hall food. It’s all really good, but the meal that shines above all the rest is the vegetable ravioli, I am obsessed. I’ll then get back to my staircase to find my friends accumulating in the corridor for a nice lunch chat!
Depending on how much work I have to do, I might then go to the library from 1:30-4:30pm. The Jerwood is probably my favourite place in college! I’m always at my most productive in there, it’s cosy and there’s a lovely view of the Cam! As a mathmo (Cambridge term for a maths student), the work I’m almost always doing is example sheets, and on average, I’ll do two a week corresponding to my two supervisions per week. Supervisions for maths are essentially an hour of going over the example sheet and whichever areas you or the supervisor thinks is useful.
By this point, I’ll still have a bit more work to do for the day so I’ll continue answering example sheet questions from around 5-6pm. Then, at or after 6 is time for dinner: again, usually hall food! Ordering Domino’s is also a frequent occurrence. As long as I’m not behind on work, my evening is then free for hanging out with my staircase and watching Twilight (not my choice!). When we’re not watching Twilight, we might instead go for a late night walk or just gather for a chat and a drink!