Day in the Life of a First-Year Epidemiology student

By: Kylie Reinhart

With grad school there definitely comes some consistency but really everyday is a little  different, so these are some of my last few days as a second semester first year epidemiology MPH  student. For some context, I am a REAL student (Rollins Earn and Learn) and I am currently working for  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship as a graduate  research assistant. My areas of interest are currently in Hospital Epidemiology, Global Health, and  Antibiotic Stewardship. As a second semester student I am working on finding my thesis advisor,  completing my APE, and working my REAL job. My schedule for the past 2 days are below, again  everyday is different.

This past Wednesday:

7:30 – I got up early to have some breakfast and during that I am answering emails for work  and school.  

8:00 – I head out to the gym at my apartment building. I live off campus about 6 minutes  from campus in Toco Hills.  

9:00 – I come back from the gym, finish some work for my REAL job. Right now I work fully  remotely so my job is quite flexible, but I hope to get to go into the office sometime soon. 

9:45 – I finally head out the door for my class. 

10:00 – I have my EPI535 class until 12:00.  

12:00-1:00 – I stay on campus between my classes and eat lunch with one of my friends. 

1:00-2:50 – I have my elective EPI class which is Hospital and Healthcare Epidemiology. 

3:00-4:20 – Next I have my core EPI class which is sometimes online, and today that was the  case, and I quickly went home to hop on the zoom.  

4:20-5:00 – I take a quick break from a long day.  

5:00 – I make myself some dinner and chat with my roommate. 

6:00 – Answer some more emails, reach out to professors about the potential for them to be  my thesis advisor.  

6:30 – 7:30 – Do some homework for my classes.  

7:30 – 9:00 – Do some laundry, do some drawing on Procreate, and watch the new Netflix  series ‘Inventing Anna’. 

9:30 – Head off early to bed. 


7:30-8:00 – I wake up and eat some breakfast 

8:00 – I head out to my first class of the day my core EPI class Lab.  

9:30 – Finish my EPI Lab and head home 

10:00 – 12:00 – I hop onto my work computer to do some work and join some work meetings. 

12:00 – Lunch 

12:30 – 1:30 – I quickly left the house to run some errands, I try to do this during the day if I  can to avoid the traffic in ATL. 

1:30 – 2:30 – I take a little rest before my class 

3:00 – 4:30 – I have my core class for Biostatistics.  

4:30-5:30– My roommate and I head home, and make some dinner – 6:00-9:00- I spend the rest of the night doing homework. 

Overall, I really like what I am doing here at Rollins, and everyday is different and I like that!

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