A Typical School Day for Me in Tsinghua

Here is a typical day for me Monday through Wednesday. I cut classes every once and a while for my journalism projects.  I usually tell my professors about a week in advance. They’re understanding and curious about the work I have to do.

Once Thursdays hits, my schedule gets more flexible. Class for me ends around noon, then I head across the city to the Project Pengyou office where I volunteer. I help curate the job and events page and write weekly blog posts. Fridays, I have an afternoon class.

Weekends I spend the mornings catching up on studies. I spend the evenings with friends, alumni in the area, eating with my relatives, or listening to one of the many academic China-focused lectures in the area.

I’m taking a pretty heavy credit load, six classes: three in the journalism department and three in the Chinese language department.

6:30 A.M

                Get out of bed.


                Get ready for class

                Make coffee

                Make peanut butter sandwich

                Review Chinese vocabulary/grammar

7:50 A.M.

                Bike to class

8:00 A.M.

                Chinese class begins

                At the Chinese Language and Culture Center (C-building)

9:40 A.M.

                Chinese class out

                Bike to the Journalism department for class

9:50 A.M.

                Business Journalism class

12:15 P.M.

                Business Journalism class out


1:00 P.M

                Review coursework


                Do homework

2:30 P.M

                Prepare for Chinese class

                Bike to class

3:00 P.M

                Chinese Class

4:55 P.M


5:30 P.M

                Reconnect with the States on Facebook

                Read news, write to friends at home,

7:00 P.M

                Go to gym


8:30 P.M

                Homework, write, edit papers

12:00 A.M