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A day in the life of a Sociology student

As a second-year Sociology student, with only 10 timetabled hours of contact time, you are most likely to disagree with me when I admit to needing more days in the week. This is a totally fair disagreement, especially to those who major in science… However, I assure you that once you truly discover Durham University, it is much more than a place to study!

My timetable

Thursday is a great day for us Sociologists as contact hours don’t begin until 11 am. On this occasion your assumption my alarm is most likely to be set at a generous 10:25 am is incorrect… Try 8:30 am!!

Work and play….

I usually arrive for 9 am and aim to do 40 minutes-1 hour cardio. Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre is located in the heart of Durham City Centre, no more than a ten-minute walk from the Viaduct, which is almost too convenient. There are other gym’s within Durham too (colleges, maiden castle, result) but Freeman’s is open until 10:30 pm so if morning/ afternoon workout sessions aren’t your forte, then I would recommend checking this place out.

My timetable is quite staggered on a Thursday with a 2-hour gap in between seminars and lectures. So it would be rude to not meet my course girls for coffee at our nearest Starbucks! In terms of working, the girls and I find Starbucks a great place to revise as it is a central place to meet and share lecture notes.

After a well-deserved catch-up and caramel latte, the dreaded 2-hour lecture begins – I say dreaded but it’s really not that bad…

Working hard in Starbucks

I never really understood what ‘office hours’ actually were until second year; now I use them to my advantage. This is a time where you think lecturers sit and mark assignments, but it’s actually time for students to receive feedback and ask questions. I always find plenty to ask my lecturers and it genuinely helps so much having that opportunity to directly discuss things I am unsure of.

Stretching my wings….

A 4:30 pm finish is what is expected for me on a Thursday and every so often, a spontaneous trip to Newcastle with my housemates.  One of the many perks of studying at Durham is the 12-minute train journey to Newcastle and with a 16-25 rail card a return ticket costs around £6.00. You can buy railcards online or if you are a prospective student, some banks offer a complimentary railcard when you open a student account with them, something I would highly recommend!

We visited The Great British CupCakery on the Newcastle Quayside. Wow!  A rather sweet end to the day. Did I forget to mention today was cheat day?  Bodycon is definitely on the cards tomorrow, oops!

At last, home for 8 pm ready to check over seminar readings for the morning.


Jess Ferguson

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