My name is Samantha Miglietta, and I am a student at Emmanuel College. I know choosing a college to attend can be a stressful and ongoing process, but I am confident with my decision to study at Emmanuel.
I came to Emmanuel from Pembroke, Mass. and I am studying business management... for now at least! Below you will find a look at what a typical weekday was like for me as a first-year student at Emmanuel.
Time to start my day! I quickly throw on a comfy outfit and head to Dunkin Donuts to grab my coffee then I'm off to classes.
My first class, a required course for all first-year students, is the First-Year Seminar. This class is designed to introduce students to the ways in which the liberal arts help to enhance our abilities to read closely, analyze information, construct arguments and communicate effectively. You can choose from a variety of classes focusing on language, culture or even the planet. I chose to take "Emmanuel Roots" and I really enjoy it. In this class, we tour many of the surrounding landmarks of Emmanuel including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Longwood Medical Area and Mission Hill. As well as touring the area, we also learned firsthand from one of the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur about what Emmanuel was like back in the early 1900's and how the school began.
I'm starving! I usually run to the Muddy River Café to grab a quick yogurt at the yogurt bar then head to class again.
My second class of the day, "General Psychology," is actually my favorite class so far. Emmanuel believes each student should be well rounded in all areas of study, hence our general requirements in the "Domains of Knowledge" like "Aesthetic Inquiry," "Historical Consciousness" and "Social Analysis." "General Psychology" fulfills one of the two requirements for Social Analysis. Being a freshman, I am not really sure what I'd like to pursue as my major, so having a chance to take an introductory course in psychology will really help with my decision on whether to minor in psychology or not.
Time to meet up with a few of my friends and go to lunch in Marian Hall. There are so many food options at Emmanuel, but around lunch time you can usually find me in the deli line getting my usual chicken salad wrap.
Ah, finally an hour of free time. I usually head back to my dorm in St. Ann's Hall, pop on my headphones and listen to a few of my favorite songs to clear my head and relax.
"I'm a poor college student, help me!" Yeah, it's true having to pay for college and still having money to do fun things in the city can certainly be a challenge. Luckily, I have a work study job in the Admissions Office. I was hired a few weeks into my first semester and the job is perfect for me. I can work up to 10 hours a week and it only takes me three minutes to walk to work! I usually work two to three hours a day.
Finally dinner time: Everyone heads to the dining hall together to catch up, relax and eat great food. Hopefully they have my favorite, chicken broccoli and ziti!
They say every hour of class requires two hours of studying, so I make sure I keep up with all my homework... especially if I want to go out in the city and do something fun afterwards. So, I make sure I throw in a good two hours of homework. Luckily in my schedule tomorrow, I have a three hour gap where I am free to do whatever. I love that, because if I don't finish something tonight I can complete it the next day before class.
Time for fun! The Regal Cinemas is only a five minute walk from campus along with Coldstone Creamery, Chipotle and other awesome places. With your student ID you can get a really great discount on your movie tickets and you can even get into the Museum of Fine Arts for FREE... just some of the awesome perks of being an Emmanuel College student.
Well, it's been a pretty long day and I'm beat. Time to head back to my dorm, shower, relax for a little bit then finally call it a night before I'm back at it tomorrow morning!