A day in the life of a business student
Whether you dream of travelling the world as a CEO, making your name in finance or launching a marketing agency – a degree in business means opportunities. But what does studying business at university really involve?
We asked Bachelor of Accounting and Finance student Husna Nabi to describe a typical day as a uni student. However it turns out, there is no such thing as a typical day, so Husna described her typical week.
“My alarm goes off to wake me up, another big day and lots to do! I eat a quick breakfast with my family and head off to work which starts at 9am.”
9am – 4.30pm
“I am an ANZ Banking Consultant and have lots of customers to serve. It’s a productive day – and I manage to sneak in a bit of shopping during my lunch break.”
4.30 – 5pm
“Quick, quick, quick! I have uni at 5pm, so I finish work and head straight to campus for my accounting tutorial.”
5 – 7pm
“Tutorials at uni involve taking notes, chatting with lecturers and asking questions. Tonight, after a full day at work, it also involves snacks.
My tutorial is followed by a meeting for a group assignment. There are four people in my group, and we need to divide up the workload. We talk about who is going to do which questions, and because everyone in the group is from a different background and has different strengths and weaknesses, we divide work based on our strengths.
There’s a lot of writing and referencing involved in uni assignments… luckily for me, referencing is one of my strengths.”
7.30 – 8.30pm
“I head home after uni to have dinner with my family. And when I say family, I mean 11 people … I know, it’s a big family.”
8.30 – 10pm
“Generally later in the evenings my time is spent reviewing my notes, reading relevant chapters, and completing assignments. I’ll finish up at about 10pm and then go to bed.”
“Alarm is going off again. But wait, today I am not going to work, it’s a day off. Yay! In my sleepy state I try to remember why I had my alarm set… oh yeah, I have class at 10am. Quick, Husna, get ready!”
10am – 12pm
“First up for the day is my management lecture. I’m listening to my lecturer, taking notes. I really enjoy this class – my lecturer is so friendly. She knows every student’s name because the class is small, and I can tell she cares about our success.
At 11am we are given a 10 minute break, and all chat, chat, chat.
Most of my classes are small and I am friends with every student, which also enables me to ask questions as much as I like. Honestly, I get so much support at ACU, and for me the extra support is really important because English is my third language.”
12 – 12.30pm
“I decide to have a little break. I’ll either head to the café for a snack, or relax in the sun with some of my uni friends.”
12.30 – 3pm
“Break is over and it’s time to get a bit of work done. I’ll usually find a quiet place to study in the library where I’ll work on assignments or meet up for a group assignment.”
“By the afternoon I’m yawning… so I head home for a snack, rest and possibly a nap.”
8 – 10pm
“After spending the afternoon relaxing, it’s time for my online accounting lecture. I settle in with my lap top and a snack and take part in the online class.”
“My brain says, “Stop Husna and go to sleep.” And I listen to my brain often.
Before I go to sleep I always check my emails on my phone so that I don’t miss out any important information. I’ll also email my lecturer if I have any questions about the assignment, or check in with my group mates to see if they need any assistance with their part of the assignment.”
“No alarm set, so I have a bit of a sleep in and wake up refreshed. I don’t have class today until 12pm. I get up, have a relaxed breakfast, take my time getting ready and still get to class five minutes early.”
12 – 2pm
“I walk into class and sit next to one of my friends, but still say hi to everyone. Basically everyone knows each other, and I find it a big advantage. It really helps students who are struggling with an assignment and need some extra support from fellow students."
2pm – evening
"After class is done spend some time running errands, going to appointments, or enjoying time with my friends and family.”
Thursday and Friday
“I work full time at the bank from 9am to 4.30pm. After work on Thursday, I’ll usually go to the movies or catch up on some study. On Friday I usually plan dinner with my friends and go to parties."
Interested in a study experience like Husna’s? Explore business at ACU.