A Day in the Life of an Ole Miss Student During COVID-19: October Edition

Wednesday, October 7

8:15 a.m. Rise and shine

  • I usually start my days early. This day was no different, I rolled out of bed, tossed my contacts in, and took a shower. 

9:00 a.m. Smoothie King

  • To get my day started off right, I’ve swapped out coffee and caffeine for some healthier options. When I am running a bit behind and don’t have time to make a full breakfast, I’ll opt for a to-go smoothie. Today, the Caribbean Way from Smoothie King was my favorite. 

10:00 a.m. Work

  • First on this day’s to-do list was a quick shift at work. I work at My Favorite Shoes on the Square as a social media manager and photographer. It’s always a little goofy to have people passing while I’m snapping shots of slippers and heels, but hey, that’s college for you.

11:30 a.m. Head to Campus

  • Despite the impact COVID-19 has had on our everyday campus happenings, I still like to head there on the days when I have in-person (hybrid) classes for a sense of normalcy. 

12:00 p.m. Lunch with Pals

  • The best thing about being a part of the Ole Miss family is never having a meal alone. Today, I’m grabbed a socially distanced lunch with my mask-wearing pals Arielle Rogers and Mya Woods. We went for the “Choose 2” at McAllister’s Deli in the Student Union and picked the plaza to grub. 

12:30 p.m. FREE ICE CREAM! 

  • We got super lucky and saw the Student Activities Association (SAA) was handing out free ice cream to passing students. Thank you SAA!

1:00 p.m. Zoom with Dr.Bass

  • I try to keep my MWF schedules light to allow for sufficient time for involvement, class work, and downtime in between my class-heavy Tuesdays and Thursdays. So by 1:00 p.m., it was time for my PPL 310 Economic Analysis of Policy class. Being a public policy leadership major and having most of my classes centered around group discussion has brought its challenges, but the breakout room feature of Zoom makes it a lot easier to share ideas. 

2:00 p.m. In-Person Class with Holland

  • By 1:50 p.m., I shut my laptop and headed downstairs in Holman Hall for my PPL 373: Leadership in Public Policy Settings class. We meet in-person on Monday and Wednesdays, and do Zoom class on Fridays. It’s been interesting not having our whole class together all at the same time, but flexibility has been the name of the game.

3:00 p.m. STUDY TIME

  • After trekking to the commuter lot to grab my car, I headed to Oxford’s newest coffee shop, Common Ground, to study. My studious pals Ameleigh Bippen and Angie Wilson joined me. The atmosphere is a nice change of scenery from our apartments. Common Ground played the band, The Lumineers, the whole time which was the perfect study soundtrack.

5:30 p.m. SMBHC First Generation Network Dinner in the grove

  • During the initial outbreak of the pandemic, it swiftly became evident that certain groups of people would be disproportionately affected by a variety of hardships. The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC) First Generation Network helps to dissuade this hardship. I am proud to be a member of this group, which hosted a little dinner in our beautiful grove tonight.

6:30 p.m. Head home to finish up work

  • After dinner, I headed back home to finish up the logic games section of my LSAT Prep Book. I try to spend at least 5-7 hours a week studying for the LSAT as I prepare for my law school applications. 

7:30 p.m. Zoom with Group for CJ300

  • Every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., I Zoom with my small group for my CJ300: Ethics in Legal Studies class as they are all nontraditional students who are mostly parents, working full-time, and some are even full-time employees at the university’s satellite campuses.

8:00 p.m. DEBATE TIME

  • Being a public policy leadership student and pre-law, I was most excited to wrap up my busy day by having a tiny Vice Presidential debate watch party. 

10:00 p.m. Bedtime!

  • By the time the debate ended, my friends all headed home. After saying goodbye, my roommates, as well as myself, prepared for bed and another fun day of Zooms, masks, and notes.