A Day In My Life: Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth and I am a boarder at the Thacher school. A day in the life of a boarder is hectic and stressful but the funnest and most fulfilling. It starts off with me waking up at 7:30am to my alarm which is Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield. Then I set up my morning playlist which currently is Lorde’s new album. I open my closet, pick my outfit depending on Ojai’s capricious weather. I pack my bag according to the classes I have before my first free. Then I am out the door running so I can catch the teacher on duty to check me in before 8:15am. As an underclassman at Thacher, you are required to attend breakfast check-in every weekday at any time from 7:15 to 8:15am. My breakfast is usually a bowl of mini wheats and milk. I sit down with my class and enjoy my bowl of cereal simultaneously socializing with my fellow classmates. This lovely event only lasts for five minutes before everyone starts clearing their food to get to class.

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My room after I’ve cleaned it for room inspection

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Organizing things so that they look okay

My first class of today is English. We are currently reading Jump. Jump is a collection of short stories written by the phenomenal nobel prize winner, Nadine Gordimer. So far we have read six stories, and in class we discuss the previous night’s reading. My favorite story from this book so far is, Some are Born to Sweet Delight. I highly recommend the book, it promises a good read.

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Reading Jump by Nadine Gordimer

Then from 9:15 to 9:55am I have a free period, however part of this free usually goes to meeting with my advisor. At Thacher, all students have a faculty they can go to for advice or help. I talk to him about my social life, love life, academics, sports and so on. Then for the rest of my free, I return to my room, switch out my books, and relax for a while.

Finally, it is lunch time. At 11:30 I leave my things in my room and I head to the dining hall for some food. I wasn’t extremely keen about the food options today, so I made a cinnamon bagel and had some salted almonds. Unhealthy but easy, quick, and delicious.

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My lunch

After lunch I have the rest of my classes. At 3:10pm classes end. I return to my room to change, grab a quick bite, then out the door I go to dance. Dance is from 3:35 to 5:00pm everyday. We do a little bit of jazz, modern, ballet, and occasionally we have a class dedicated to stretching.

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My amazing friends on point. I am an amateur, who will never be skilled enough to do that.

After dance, I’m all sweaty and disgusting so I hop in the showers to get myself cleaned up. I pick out the dress I shall wear to formal and coordinate the rest of my outfit according to that dress. At 6:10pm a couple of girls and I walk out to the pergola right outside the dining hall. We wait for the staff to open the doors as we socialize amongst our class mates, or check our mailboxes. Every student is assigned a table to sit at, this table changes every three weeks. The purpose of this is so one is given the opportunity to communicate with fellow students that you wouldn’t get to know otherwise.

From 7:30 to 9:30pm we have study hall. This is when all underclassmen sit down in their rooms to work.

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My desk, where I study.

At 9pm, I leave study hall early because I have rehearsals for the play. The fall play we are currently working on is, Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The cast is tiny, only fourteen people are acting. Despite that, it is still so much fun. Usually rehearsals last for around 30 minutes, so I still have time to hang out with my friends in the commons. At 10pm we return to the dorm and get checked in for the night by our prefects. All lights have to be out by 11pm. The second my head hits my pillow, I am asleep. That is a day in my life!

A Day In My Life: Morgana

My name’s Morgana, and although I go to a boarding school, I’m a day student. The year I started high school was the same year my older brother left for college, and my mother just couldn’t handle losing us both the same year. Although I’m a sophomore, I quite enjoy being a day student—it has it’s perks. Plus, in December I’ll be able to get my license! So that’s definitely an advantage.

I usually start my day off by waking up at 7:00, throwing in my contacts, setting up my morning playlist, and hopping in the shower. I don’t usually eat breakfast (I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day blah blah blah…). If I have time though I’ll grab a banana and eat it in the car. That’s if my mom refuses to let me drive to school. I’ll be taking my driver’s test in December so I need to rack up all the experience I can get! Therefore, food can wait.

I arrive at school around at 8 to 8:10, which is plenty of time to get my books ready before classes start at 8:30. Yes, I’m that one kid that feels the need to carry a briefcase to school. Not to be hipster… ahahah I actually have this admiration for briefcases in which I’ll go to thrift stores and just kind of collect them.

Classes are pretty normal, I have them everyday, so nothing special. My favorite class is photography. Art classes are always the best classes to me. It’s so much easier being creative then reading out of a textbook. Although classes are pretty much the same, the real fun comes during the free periods! In which I’ll usually sit in the day student room with my friend Emma watching Teen Wolf. It’s our new obsession, but after every show we always find a new one to start. American Horror Story recently came back so we just started that. If i haven’t mentioned, I’m kind of in love with Evan Peters. Well more his character Tate Langdon… and actually every other character he plays in AHS… but mostly Tate.

After school finishes at 3:10, we have sports from 3:30 to 5:00. I’m not the best at sports… and as I’ve mentioned I’m more of an Arts person, therefore I dance. Dance is something I love and have been doing since I was 11. I also take part in my schools Dance Ensemble (which is basically a dance team but my teacher hates calling it that, due to the fact that it makes us sound like some snobby students on dance moms). Our recent Dance Ensemble adventure is one in which we will be going to China this upcoming month! I’m pretty excited, considering the last time I went I was about 2 and can’t remember much of anything. We’re going to put on this 20 minute piece filled with dancing and singing. Hopefully I get through it, so wish me luck! :)