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A day in the life of a philosophy student


Harrison Pugh is in his final year of a Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Philosophy double degree, with his sights set on a career in research or ministry – preferably both. Here’s his typical day on campus. 

5.30 – 7.30am

I get up pretty early and spend an hour or so in prayer before heading to the gym most mornings. After I’m done, I do some work from my home studio.

7.30 – 9am

I often have work before I head into uni. I have a great job teaching music to people of all ages on the Sunshine Coast. It’s really flexible and I can be my own boss, which really helps with trying to fit study, a social life and everything else into my day.

9 – 10.30am

It takes me about 1.5 hours to drive to uni, depending on the traffic. Sometimes I just chill out to music or I’ll listen to a baseball podcast, which I’m really into. If it’s exam time or I’ve got an assignment due, I’ll often tune in to a podcast on the drive about a theology or philosophy topic that’s relevant to what I’m studying. My favourites are The Partially Examined Life and The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps.

10.30am – 12.30pm

I head straight to the library when I get to campus. I use this time to research assignments, watch lecture recordings or do some reading. The library has some particularly great resources for philosophy and theology students. I always borrow plenty of books to take home with me.

12.30 – 1pm

I’ll take a lunch break before class and relax for half an hour. I’ll grab a bite and maybe catch up with a friend.

1 – 4pm

We have a combined lecture and tutorial, so it’s more of a workshop. It’s really interactive and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and have a class discussion. I like that we have a small cohort – meeting people in my course who are into what I’m into has been the best part of uni.

4 – 6.30pm

I head back to the library to keep going with my reading and research. I’m in the library a lot as most of my assessments are assignments rather than exams, which I don’t mind. My plan is to keep going with research after my degree – I want to do honours and then a PhD. My career aim is to have a hand in academia and a hand in the Church. I am happy to wait and see what doors open in each field along the way.

6.30 – 7.30pm

At this time of night, there’s less traffic on the highway home so it’s a short trip. I love living on the Sunshine Coast and commuting to Brisbane for uni has been easy.

7.30 – 10pm

I am pretty tired by the time I get home. I just have some dinner, hang out and maybe watch a movie before heading to bed.

If you’re interested in day like Harrison’s, explore where philosophy or theology can take you.

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