A DAY IN THE LIFE

of Emory

A Day in the Life of Emory

From the break of dawn to well into the night, Emory’s campuses bustle with activity, as students, faculty, and staff go about their daily routines. Take a look at what life is like at Emory today through these captured moments of intense beauty, of focused work, of laughter shared with friends, and of higher learning.


PHOTOS BY STEPHEN NOWLAND AND KAY HINTON


7:50 A.M.—DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT The rising sun illuminates a surge of activity on the Clifton Corridor, the key artery between Emory and its surrounding communities.


MORNING

8:46 A.M.—A MOMENT OF MEDITATION Emergency physician and professor Andrew Pendley takes a brief pause from the daily stress of his work at Emory University Hospital.

8:46 A.M.—A MOMENT OF MEDITATION Emergency physician and professor Andrew Pendley takes a brief pause from the daily stress of his work at Emory University Hospital.

9:19 A.M.—A ROOF WITH A VIEW The university’s canopy of trees shows off its autumn colors looking west from atop Emory University Hospital.

9:19 A.M.—A ROOF WITH A VIEW The university’s canopy of trees shows off its autumn colors looking west from atop Emory University Hospital.

10:04 A.M.—BUSY BEE Emory’s Education Gardens (this one next to Candler School of Theology) serve as living laboratories for students and faculty alike.

10:04 A.M.—BUSY BEE Emory’s Education Gardens (this one next to Candler School of Theology) serve as living laboratories for students and faculty alike.

10:23 A.M.—STUDY TIME Marketing student Taylor Ramaeckers 22B gets in a morning study session at Goizueta Business School.

10:23 A.M.—STUDY TIME Marketing student Taylor Ramaeckers 22B gets in a morning study session at Goizueta Business School.

10:36 A.M.—NEURAL NETWORKING Doctoral candidate Kate Hardin 25PhD reviews her research in the the neurobiology lab of advisor James Q. Zheng.

10:36 A.M.—NEURAL NETWORKING Doctoral candidate Kate Hardin 25PhD reviews her research in the the neurobiology lab of advisor James Q. Zheng.

Photo of masked students seated with laptops in Emory Student Center

11:00 A.M.STUDY BUDDIES Gathering at the Emory Student Center provides ample seating and bright light for going over class notes and working on group projects.

11:00 A.M.STUDY BUDDIES Gathering at the Emory Student Center provides ample seating and bright light for going over class notes and working on group projects.

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8:46 A.M.—A MOMENT OF MEDITATION Emergency physician and professor Andrew Pendley takes a brief pause from the daily stress of his work at Emory University Hospital.

8:46 A.M.—A MOMENT OF MEDITATION Emergency physician and professor Andrew Pendley takes a brief pause from the daily stress of his work at Emory University Hospital.

9:19 A.M.—A ROOF WITH A VIEW The university’s canopy of trees shows off its autumn colors looking west from atop Emory University Hospital.

9:19 A.M.—A ROOF WITH A VIEW The university’s canopy of trees shows off its autumn colors looking west from atop Emory University Hospital.

10:04 A.M.—BUSY BEE Emory’s Education Gardens (this one next to Candler School of Theology) serve as living laboratories for students and faculty alike.

10:04 A.M.—BUSY BEE Emory’s Education Gardens (this one next to Candler School of Theology) serve as living laboratories for students and faculty alike.

10:23 A.M.—STUDY TIME Marketing student Taylor Ramaeckers 22B gets in a morning study session at Goizueta Business School.

10:23 A.M.—STUDY TIME Marketing student Taylor Ramaeckers 22B gets in a morning study session at Goizueta Business School.

10:36 A.M.—NEURAL NETWORKING Doctoral candidate Kate Hardin 25PhD reviews her research in the the neurobiology lab of advisor James Q. Zheng.

10:36 A.M.—NEURAL NETWORKING Doctoral candidate Kate Hardin 25PhD reviews her research in the the neurobiology lab of advisor James Q. Zheng.

Photo of masked students seated with laptops in Emory Student Center

11:00 A.M.STUDY BUDDIES Gathering at the Emory Student Center provides ample seating and bright light for going over class notes and working on group projects.

11:00 A.M.STUDY BUDDIES Gathering at the Emory Student Center provides ample seating and bright light for going over class notes and working on group projects.

A Day in the Life of

Megan Yang 19Ox 22C

I’m a senior double majoring in psychology, as well as film and media studies. This fall, I’ve started my post-Emory job search and have been very active in a number of student organizations, all while getting through my classes for the rest of the semester. Here’s my typical busy day at Emory.

9:40 A.M.—Woke up and joined my first class from Zoom from the comfort of my apartment.

10:38 A.M.—I live off campus so I took a quick walk to the shuttle stop on Clairmont Campus. The shuttle drivers are so nice!

11:10 A.M.—Grabbed a brunch meal from student-favorite spot Kaldi’s Coffee at the student center. I ordered a hot matcha latte and the classic avocado toast. I was able to get some homework done for class, too.

NOON—My second class of the day is Film 403: The Biz with Dr. Nsenga Burton. We’re learning about diversity in the Hollywood industry. 

1:00 P.M.— Tabled for my club at Wonderful Wednesday, a longstanding tradition at Emory for groups to engage with students.

2:17 P.M.—Just got out of my third class, Finance for Non-BBA’s. Today we learned how to measure risk and return in the market. 

3:51 P.M.—Finished the fourth and final class of the day, MKT 341: Global Marketing Seminar with Dr. Jagdish Sheth. Today we got to hear from a classmate who owns a business and give him advice on how to grow the company.

5:08 P.M.—Decided to go on a run at the WoodPEC indoor track. It always feels good to get a work-out in!

6:00 P.M.— Attended an info session about student programs at Ogilvy, which is my dream company.

7:30–9:00 P.M.—Met with members of the Model UN travel team to prepare for our upcoming conferences.

9:30 P.M.—Made it back home after a long day, ready to tackle
class assignments and then get some sleep.

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MIDDAY

11:51 A.M.—BARRE NONE Xavier Bell 22C balances his studies in neuroscience with a second major in dance, here practicing his moves in Mara Mandradjieff’s Level 3 Ballet class.

11:51 A.M.—BARRE NONE Xavier Bell 22C balances his studies in neuroscience with a second major in dance, here practicing his moves in Mara Mandradjieff’s Level 3 Ballet class.

12:15 P.M.—GROUP LUNCH Students take their pick from yummy, organic foods from the Farmer’s Market and dine outside on the Emory Student Center steps. 

12:15 P.M.—GROUP LUNCH Students take their pick from yummy, organic foods from the Farmer’s Market and dine outside on the Emory Student Center steps. 

1:08 PM—FARM TO TABLE Students, faculty, and staff love to patronize local vendors at the Emory Farmer's Market, held many Tuesdays during the academic year.

1:08 PM—FARM TO TABLE Students, faculty, and staff love to patronize local vendors at the Emory Farmer's Market, held many Tuesdays during the academic year.

1:37 P.M.—GETTING STEAMY Long-time employee Frankie Parker helps run the Emory Steam Plant, making sure campus buildings stay warm.

1:37 P.M.—GETTING STEAMY Long-time employee Frankie Parker helps run the Emory Steam Plant, making sure campus buildings stay warm.

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11:51 A.M.—BARRE NONE Xavier Bell 22C balances his studies in neuroscience with a second major in dance, here practicing his moves in Mara Mandradjieff’s Level 3 Ballet class.

11:51 A.M.—BARRE NONE Xavier Bell 22C balances his studies in neuroscience with a second major in dance, here practicing his moves in Mara Mandradjieff’s Level 3 Ballet class.

12:15 P.M.—GROUP LUNCH Students take their pick from yummy, organic foods from the Farmer’s Market and dine outside on the Emory Student Center steps. 

12:15 P.M.—GROUP LUNCH Students take their pick from yummy, organic foods from the Farmer’s Market and dine outside on the Emory Student Center steps. 

1:08 PM—FARM TO TABLE Students, faculty, and staff love to patronize local vendors at the Emory Farmer's Market, held many Tuesdays during the academic year.

1:08 PM—FARM TO TABLE Students, faculty, and staff love to patronize local vendors at the Emory Farmer's Market, held many Tuesdays during the academic year.

1:37 P.M.—GETTING STEAMY Long-time employee Frankie Parker helps run the Emory Steam Plant, making sure campus buildings stay warm.

1:37 P.M.—GETTING STEAMY Long-time employee Frankie Parker helps run the Emory Steam Plant, making sure campus buildings stay warm.

A Day in the Life of

Anya Kasubhai  22Ox 24C

I’m a second-year Oxford College student from Tenafly, New Jersey, who plans to double major in anthropology and philosophy, politics, and law. I stay active on campus as the president of the Oxford Student Activities Committee (SAC), co-president of the Oxford Chorale, events chair for the South Asian Cultural Association, an Ignite mentor, and a Learning to Lead facilitator.

7:30 A.M.—I finally woke up after hitting the snooze button on my alarm twice and got ready for the rest of the day. I then went over to Lil’s (the dining hall) to grab some breakfast, drink some tea, and get started on some schoolwork.

10:40 A.M.—I headed over to the Student Center and grabbed SAC decorations, a table, flyers, and Halloween candy to promote our Twilight event that night.

11:30 A.M. —I left the SAC table to go to my Global Black Feminist Politics class, which was being held outside on this beautiful day. We talked about Afro-Latin American feminist thought and how it connected to Black feminisms in America. 

12:30 P.M. —Class got out a bit early today, so I grabbed lunch to go and sat with the SAC members at our table. I helped put everything away and then went to my room to go over the cases we were reviewing in my Criminal Justice class later this afternoon.

6:00 P.M. —I met up with one of my classmates for dinner to go over our setup plan for the Twilight event tonight. Since the event is pajama themed, I got changed after dinner and went to the student center to get ready for setup.

6:40 P.M.—Technical difficulties! We had to scramble to find a new location to show the movie, but it all worked out. We were even able to finish setting up for the event ten minutes early. I helped out at the food and drinks station for most of the event.

9:45 P.M.—After a successful event, we celebrated two SAC members’ birthdays. Cake!

10:30 P.M.—Went back to my dorm room and hung out with my roommate, Hailey Hunt 220x 24C. We discussed our days and did a bit more homework before getting ready to go to bed. 

11:30 P.M.—Lights out! I listened to some music to help me fall asleep before another busy day tomorrow.

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AFTERNOON

2:29 P.M.—CASUAL CONVERSATIONS Students mingle as they walk between classes on this sunny day.

2:29 P.M.—CASUAL CONVERSATIONS Students mingle as they walk between classes on this sunny day.

2:47 P.M.—CAPTIVE AUDIENCE Assistant Professor Carl Suddler teaches Mass Incarceration beyond the New Jim Crow, an intensive seminar course for juniors and seniors.

2:47 P.M.—CAPTIVE AUDIENCE Assistant Professor Carl Suddler teaches Mass Incarceration beyond the New Jim Crow, an intensive seminar course for juniors and seniors.

3:09 P.M.—FITNESS FOCUS Howard Hou 22C stays in shape by working out five days a week at the Clairmont Campus Fitness Center.

3:09 P.M.—FITNESS FOCUS Howard Hou 22C stays in shape by working out five days a week at the Clairmont Campus Fitness Center.

Photo of person walking across Emory campus under colorful fall foliage.

3:11 P.M.—AUTUMN STROLL With fall foliage near its peak, fewer people appear to be in a hurry as they enjoy the campus awash in warm colors.

3:11 P.M.—AUTUMN STROLL With fall foliage near its peak, fewer people appear to be in a hurry as they enjoy the campus awash in warm colors.

3:16 P.M.—PERFECT SPIRAL A student descends the beautiful spiral staircase at Carlos Hall.

3:16 P.M.—PERFECT SPIRAL A student descends the beautiful spiral staircase at Carlos Hall.

3:57 P.M.—GAME FACES Eagles soccer star Lily Dresner 21C and her teammates get pumped up for a home match at WoodPEC varsity field.

3:57 P.M.—GAME FACES Eagles soccer star Lily Dresner 21C and her teammates get pumped up for a home match at WoodPEC varsity field.

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2:29 P.M.—CASUAL CONVERSATIONS Students mingle as they walk between classes on this sunny day.

2:29 P.M.—CASUAL CONVERSATIONS Students mingle as they walk between classes on this sunny day.

2:47 P.M.—CAPTIVE AUDIENCE Assistant Professor Carl Suddler teaches Mass Incarceration beyond the New Jim Crow, an intensive seminar course for juniors and seniors.

2:47 P.M.—CAPTIVE AUDIENCE Assistant Professor Carl Suddler teaches Mass Incarceration beyond the New Jim Crow, an intensive seminar course for juniors and seniors.

3:09 P.M.—FITNESS FOCUS Howard Hou 22C stays in shape by working out five days a week at the Clairmont Campus Fitness Center.

3:09 P.M.—FITNESS FOCUS Howard Hou 22C stays in shape by working out five days a week at the Clairmont Campus Fitness Center.

Photo of person walking across Emory campus under colorful fall foliage.

3:11 P.M.—AUTUMN STROLL With fall foliage near its peak, fewer people appear to be in a hurry as they enjoy the campus awash in warm colors.