A Day in the Life: Graduate School

­Today was a quiet day for me. It was still a long day, of course, with meetings and class and Kapisanan work, but having submitted my CIP in the early hours of Monday morning was so good for my soul – and my body, which at this point was so sick of the effects of caffeine.

I was able to take my time waking up, and spent a good half an hour scrolling through my Instagram feed and looking at the light streaming in from the window. I got my lazy bum out of bed when it got too warm under the blanket, and heated up last night’s stale coffee in the microwave, using my favourite mug in a bid to pretend that this particular crime against coffee was not egregious.


My big task of the day was my laundry. It takes about two weeks of not doing laundry before I hit what I call the danger zone – which is when I start running out of leggings and pants. And yes I was by Monday, running out of leggings and pants – look at how full that sack of dirty clothes is! I hit up the laundry room in the basement at 7:45 in the morning, so nobody was there yet. Score! Thirty minutes in the wash, then another 20 minutes hanging them up to dry, and the biggest chore of the day was done!


After a quick shower, I hopped out of the apartment and made my way to campus. My current favourite station is Pioneer Village, which is one of Toronto’s newest subway stations and closer to my place by a smidge than Finch Station. I love it, it makes my commute that much easier (and quieter)!


A glimpse of a view from the train – I think of Yvonne whenever I look out at the landscape. She’s from Berlin, and came to Toronto over the summer last year, and on our commute to the apartment she exclaimed “It’s so FLAT!”


This Monday was quite warm, which meant that while the snow mostly cleared up, there was a bit of a chill in the air. Some chunks were left behind, though – here’s an interestingly-shaped one:


Here’s a photo of the basement of Sidney Smith Hall, which is where a lot of the Department of Geography and Planning’s graduate school offices are, including mine. The stripes on the wall indicate what department the rooms belong to – green stripes are ours!

Here’s my desk! It’s cluttered, but it’s how my brain works. Everything I need to use at any single time needs to be within arm’s reach.


A closer look at the stack of books on my desk. All of these are related to my research (although two or three might be for fun). Bonus points if you can tell from this pile what my research is.


I wanted to put in a photo of me because that shirt is one of my favourites, and I have no qualms about wearing a Fall-themed button down in the middle of winter.


Writing my notes down for a 1:45PM meeting. I’d been having tea, hence the mug.


The pretty afternoon view as I walk out to Spadina Station. My next meeting is at Yorkdale Mall, and I have just about enough time to get there.


Yorkdale Station, finally! I was a little late, but the meeting went well.


Back at Pioneer Village heading home now. This coat is quite possibly my favourite winter coat – the clasps are such a point of interest.



And that was a day in the life of a graduate student. See you next time!