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Helena Citroni sitting in the campus gardens reading.

A day in the life of an arts student


Ever wondered what it’s like to study arts at university? Here’s what the average day looks like for Bachelor of Arts student Helena Citroni.

6am

“I drag myself out of bed – I worked the night before at a restaurant which makes getting up hard. But on the plus side I have enough leftovers from work to pack my lunch and semi-prepare breakfast, all of which is prepped before, so there’s minimal brain work before I leave.”

6.45 – 7.25am

“I’m in my car, and my wake-up mood determines my ‘get ready for work’ playlist. Sometimes it’s folk music, sometimes it’s Eurovision’s best hits from the past ten years, or maybe a podcast.”

7.30 – 9.45am

“Class doesn’t start until 10 but I like to get in early and have my breakfast on campus. It gives me chance to catch up on emails, plan essays and see friends.”

10am – 1pm

“First class of the day is a community engagement placement. I’m doing mine at a local primary school aiding with literacy and comprehension skills in students in Years 4 – 6. I’ve actually completed the hours required for the course but I’m staying on because I find the work so satisfying.”

1 – 2pm

“Lunchtime. I have a great schedule this term with a solid hour break in the middle of the day. I also have a friend who shares all my classes, so I’ll spend the hour eating and talking with them.”

Helena walking with two friends on campus

2 – 5pm

“My second class of the day is a literary theory unit. We spend the three hours 2pm onwards analysing how people deconstruct texts. It is great brain-work, very theoretical and academic – and a good contrast to the morning’s class. I’m loving the opportunity to talk about alternative perspectives for texts which initially seem cut and dry.” 

5 – 5.45pm

“Drive home, unfortunately in peak-hour.”

5.45 – 11pm

“Three nights a week I work the night shift at the restaurant, and on the other nights I’m home and studying, finishing assignments and catching up on reading. My breaks consist of either my siblings or my father sneaking my dogs into the house, along with an hour-long family dinner. My family and I use the time to catch up on the week, as I’m only home four nights out of seven. We love to joke around and laugh.” 

1pm – 12.30am

“I’d like to say I go to bed at 11 like a good student, but I need some me time. I spend the hour before bed talking to friends who are interstate or overseas and working on my own personal projects. I eventually fall asleep after I’ve organised my things for class tomorrow.” 

Are you interested in an experience like Helena’s? Explore our range of arts courses and other humanities and social sciences opportunities at ACU.

 

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Impact brings you compelling stories, inspiring research, and big ideas from ACU. It's about the impact we’re having on our communities, and our Mission in action. It’s a practical resource for career, life and study.

At ACU it’s education, but not as you know it. We stand up for people in need, and causes that matter.

If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, do contact us.

Copyright@ Australian Catholic University 1998-2019 | ABN 15 050 192 660 CRICOS Reg: 00004G