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Typical Day of an Earth Science sophomore undergraduate

7:30 AM
Wake up to get ready for my class at 9 this morning. I grab some breakfast down at York dining commons. The commons are usually set up in a buffet style, so you can grab as much food as you want.
9:00 AM
I head to my first class of the day, which is ANT 101, or anthropology.
10:00 AM
After anthropology, I head over to Bryand Global Science Center, for ERS 200, or Earth Systems.  This class is usually taken by sophomore undergraduates.  In the class, we discuss our upcoming field trip to Acadia National Park on this upcoming weekend.
11:00 AM
After Earth Systems, I head to the Memorial Union to meet up with some friends to have lunch.
12:00 PM
I head back to the Earth Science department to start working with one of the professors, helping with their research.  Many professors are looking for undergraduate help, and can usually work around their schedule, working around 10 hours a week or so.  Plus, the extra cash flow is nice to have.
2:00 PM
After a couple hours of working, I head over to chemistry lab.  Labs are one day a week and typically last 2 to 3 hours.
4:30 PM
After lab, I head back to my dorm room to work on some homework.
5:30 PM
Around dinner time, I head over with my roommate and some friends to York dining commons again where we get some dinner.  The dinners in the commons always have a wide selection of things, from salads to a pasta bar.  They also always have plenty of tasty desserts too!
7:00 PM
A little after dinner, my friends and I head over to the newly built Rec Center.  We play a little racquetball and then head to the pool to cool off.
8:30 PM
After we get our exercise in, I head back to the dorms, to finish up some homework.
11:00 PM
After a few hours of homework, and a quick trip to the Memorial Union for a late night snack, it’s lights out to refresh myself for another exciting day at UMaine!

Image Description: Kaleb Boucher, seen here on a giant Jackalope, conquered the West during field camp and describes a typical day as an Earth Science undergraduate below.

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School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME 04469-5790
Phone: (207) 581-2152 | Fax: (207) 581-2202E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469