Daily routine ideas based off energy levels

Our energy levels often fluctuate in college which creates challenges maintaining productivity and balance in our day. There are days where we wake up ready to complete all tasks on our to-do list, while others find us wanting to sleep all day. Instead of fighting against these fluctuations, understanding and embracing how we feel can be a beneficial way to optimize productivity, efficiency, and well-being. Try these three different daily routine ideas that adapt to your energy levels which can help to avoid burnout.

Low energy

  • –  Begin day with reading, journaling, or anything that will create a relaxing start to your day
  • –  Do schoolwork in small increments, taking lots of breaks in between and tackling large assignments in smaller tasks
  • –  Prioritize fueling your body with lots of water and food
  • –  Try to take a walk or move your body for an energy boost
  • –  Have a reasonable cutoff time for work to have time for yourself before bed Medium energy
  • –  Begin day with planning to organize what you’d like to accomplish
  • –  Do schoolwork in alternating large and small time blocks, tackle the hardest tasks first
  • –  Make sure you have time for going outdoors for fresh air

High energy

  • –  Begin day with planning or jump straight into work
  • –  Take time to exercise for a break and energy boost
  • –  Do work in large blocks, tackling the hardest tasks first
  • –  Make sure to wind down at night to get a good night’s rest

What I’ve Learned This Semester

This semester has taught me a variety of things from how to draw an organic molecule from IR spectroscopy to how a black hole is formed. One of the main reasons why I chose William & Mary, (beyond the fact that the campus is both beautiful all seasons and academics are top notch), is how the university fosters a holistic education. We learn things both inside and out of the classroom and William & Mary provides a fantastic environment to foster this growth.

Being someone who learns by experience, I have always committed myself to expanding my knowledge in my variety of passions. This semester I took on four challenging science courses, a full time job as a professional dancer at Busch Gardens, a part time job writing these blog posts, managing my own social media account, and a polarization research study with a professor. It hasn’t been the easiest to manage everything all at once, but even the toughest days have taught me something.

Not everything you learn in college will be monumental. Sometimes it’s the smaller things that make the biggest difference. While this semester I’ve learned about the life and death of a star in my Stellar Astronomy & Cosmology course with Professor Armstrong, how to handle zebra finches for research with Professor Swaddle, and more knowledge about yeast genetics then I’d ever thought I’d know in my Genetic Analysis class with Professor Kersher, I think the most important lesson I’ve learned this semester is the importance of resting.

In the previous semester, I pushed the limits of my own productivity and at times forgot to set aside time for myself. In a world that revolves around constant productivity, it can be easy to forget to look after ourselves first. Taking advantage of downtime for the purpose of resting and recharging has allowed me to pursue all of these opportunities. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing opportunities, but I knew going into this semester I’d burnout quickly if I didn’t take time to rest. In these past three months I’ve prioritized wellness in order to best prepare myself for the stress that comes with a packed schedule which has allowed me to continue to grow and learn more during my time in college.

All of this is facilitated by having a stellar support system. Leaning on resources that William & Mary has to offer whether it be professor office hours, the wellness center, or just the sadler ice cream machine, it’s easy to find ways to get some extra support here at William & Mary.

We are constantly learning, growing, and evolving. Take the time to appreciate what opportunities are around you and don’t forget to rest!

Sample Semester Schedules

One of the best parts of college is being able to create your own schedule. At William & Mary, classes are usually either on Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday. Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes tend to be 50 minutes while Tuesday/Thursday classes are 80 minutes. Labs are longer and scheduled for around 4 hours (most don’t actually last that long). 

Take a look at these sample semester schedules to get an idea of what an average semester schedule looks like!

Sample Fall Semester 


  • Integrative Biology: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Philosophy of Technology: 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Greek Art and Archaeology: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • General Chemistry: 12:00 – 12:50am


  • Integrative Bio Lab: 11:00am – 1:50pm


  • Integrative Biology: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Philosophy of Technology: 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Greek Art and Archaeology: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • General Chemistry: 12:00 – 12:50am


  • General Chemistry Lab: 11:00am – 1:50pm 


  • Integrative Biology: 9:00am – 9:50am
  • Philosophy of Technology: 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Greek Art and Archaeology: 11:00am – 11:50am
  • General Chemistry: 12:00 – 12:50am

Sample Spring Semester 


  • Animal Behavior: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
  • America Through the Decades: 2:00pm – 2:50pm


  • Marine Science: 9:30am – 10:50am
  • Intro to Psychology as a Natural Science: 12:30pm – 1:50pm


  • Animal Behavior: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
  • America Through the Decades: 2:00pm – 2:50pm


  • Marine Science: 9:30am – 10:50am
  • Intro to Psychology as a Natural Science: 12:30pm – 1:50pm


  • Animal Behavior: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
  • America Through the Decades: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

The Ultimate W&M bucket list

Graduating soon or looking for a list of things to do before you finish your time here at William & Mary? Use this list as a guide to the must-do things in and around W&M before graduating! 

  1. Take a class in the Wren Building
  2. Have a picnic in the Sunken Garden 
  3. Attend a football or basketball game  
  4. Go on a run through Colonial Williamsburg 
  5. Attend an AMP concert 
  6. Get a library card at the Williamsburg Library 
  7. Go for a late night snack at Wawa 
  8. Get a massage at the Wellness Center 
  9. Pet the Swem corgis in the library
  10. Kayak on Lake Matoaka 
  11. Walk over Crim Dell Bridge with your significant other 
  12. Do brunch with friends at a pancake house 
  13. Swim in the pool at the rec 
  14. Spend your saturday morning at the farmers market 
  15. Attend a fitwell class at the rec 
  16. Utilize the career center for resume help 
  17. Make an ice cream sundae at Sadler 
  18. Attend a yoga class at the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheater 
  19. Eat lunch at the Cheese Shop in Merchant Square 
  20. Collect free school swag from various events to remember your time in college!

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive Your Freshman Year!

By Caroline Gyure

Entering college as a freshman can feel frightening and overwhelming. It’s easy to stress about managing college classes and making new friends. Yet through these challenges, you’ll find yourself growing and maturing as a person in ways you never thought possible. Though ultimately helpful, these growing pains are still painful, so here are five tips to help you thrive in your freshman year.

  1. Give yourself some grace. You’ll learn so many new skills your freshman year, both in managing your personal life and your academics! You’ll easily manage these responsibilities eventually, but don’t expect yourself to get everything right every time. You might procrastinate on your homework, take a wrong turn and be late for class, or forget an assignment. Be mentally prepared for these little mishaps, but always remember that is all they are: little mishaps. Take responsibility for your mistakes, learn your lesson, and move on!
  2. Schedule in downtime. Mental health is so, so important to everyone at William & Mary! One of the best ways you can keep yourself healthy is by scheduling yourself some downtime. Find a way every week to give yourself a few hours alone to decompress, even if you don’t think you need it – you always do!
  3. Ask people to hang out! Asking someone to hang out is always a little nerve-racking at first but always pays off. Everyone at William & Mary is so friendly, and every other freshman is also trying to make friends. Go ahead and ask your seatmate in your COLL 100 if they want to grab lunch at Sadler! You might just meet a great friend!
  4. Follow each day where it takes you. Some of my best memories at William & Mary so far have been created in moments of spontaneity. When someone asks you if you want to go grab ice cream in CW right now, say yes! Prioritize living in the moment and grabbing hold of all these little opportunities thrown your way!
  5. Read all the emails you get from William & Mary. There will be quite a few emails you’ll be sent from various campus departments – which you can unsubscribe to if they don’t apply to you! But skim through every Student Happenings and department newsletter. They have so much important information in them about guest lectures, fun events, and amazing opportunities!

Caroline is a member of the Class of 2027 at William & Mary, planning to major in English and minor in Management and Organizational Leadership. She​ sings in Barksdale Treble Choir and loves reading and creative writing. When not in class, you can find her studying around campus or at home in Yorktown, VA during school breaks!

All about PATH Registration 

In this upcoming registration cycle William & Mary is implementing a new platform for course registration called PATH! This new platform allows students to build a cart with their preferred classes outside of a timed environment and create an optimal schedule for all students. 

Instead of building a schedule during an alloted timeslot, students can now add courses to a cart with registration priorities and alternatives. They will create a primary cart with the courses of first priority and an alternative cart with backups if not able to register for the first priority classes. PATH then registers students to classes based on the priorities set by students and social class. There will still be tiered enrollment maximums. Then, the add/drop period proceeds after registration has ended. 

Fall 2024 carts open on March 27th and close on April 2nd. Schedules will be released on April 15th and the add drop period begins on April 18th. 

More information on 2024 course registration: https://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/studentsandalumni/registration/howtoregister/courseleafpath/

PATH Registration: https://registration.wm.edu

One Tribe One Day

One Tribe, One Day (OTOD) is today, March 26, 2024! This annually occurring event centered around supporting the William & Mary community is celebrated across the globe! There are hourly, donor, and area specific challenges that can amount in nearly $1 million in additional support towards William & Mary. You can support specific categories like athletics, arts & sciences, business, libraries, etc. 

There’s also a nationwide list of regional celebrations! Alumni or friends of W&M can celebrate OTOD from their hometown at various restaurants. Students also have the opportunity to join in on the celebrations with Battle of the Brains: Students vs. Deans in a trivia game against W&M deans! 

Additionally, the One Tribe One Day carnival will be held 4-6 in the Sunken Garden! With free food & swag, games, a mechanical surfboard, obstacle course, and a cyclone swing ride, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Come show your support this Tuesday during One Tribe One Day! 

Learn more about the events happening near you, challenges, and how to get involved here: https://otod.wm.edu

How to Study When Tired 

As we’re nearing the end of the semester and work begins to accumulate, stress and procrastination can take over our time. Taking naps and energy drinks might seem like a good solution, but can eventually lead to lots of cramming, stress, and fatigue. Consider trying these strategies to help you effectively study when tired. 

  1. Staying hydrated and nourished

Your body will not be able to focus if it doesn’t have fuel! Make sure you’re drinking enough water and fueling yourself with food to help boost your energy levels.

  1. Take small breaks

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when you’re tired, so taking small breaks during your study sessions can help alleviate any extra stress. 

  1. Change your study area

Let’s face it, the odds of falling asleep after deciding to study on your bed is pretty high. Try switching up your study area whether it be outside for some fresh air or the library to be surrounded by others who are trying to get work done. 

  1. Exercise 

Exercising before you study can help boost your mood and energy levels! It can also help increase focus and you’ll get some movement in!

  1. Prioritize your tasks

Find what is most important to complete and do it first! Ranking your tasks by priority will help you figure out what needs to be done and what you might be able to do later if you don’t get to it that day. 

The Dogs of Williamsburg 

Williamsburg is home to many cute dogs! Between the campus canines and dogs surrounding campus, you’re bound to run into a new furry friend. 

One of the most beloved traditions on campus are the Swem corgis! You can catch these adorable pups in Swem Tuesdays between 2 and 4pm! 

The Wellness Center also has pet therapy! Pet therapy has many benefits such as reducing anxiety and lowering feelings of isolation. Guiness and Stella are two pups that offer pet therapy each week in the Wellness Center Lobby! Nor registration is required and you can pop in for a quick pet if you please. Guinness is available Mondays 11am – 12:30 pm and Stella is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am – 1pm. 

You’ll also find a variety of visiting dogs on campus and in the surrounding areas! My favorite event to spot cute dogs is the farmers market! Each Saturday the Williamsburg Farmers Market pops up around Merchant Square along with many cute dogs (and even a bunny sometimes!)

Check out these pics of the dogs of Williamsburg! 

Tips for Managing Your Time in College

Working two jobs and being a full time student requires a lot of efficient time management. Here are some ways that I approach time management.

  1. Write EVERYTHING out – At the beginning of each week I like to write every single assignment that will be due, what I’m learning in each lecture, any events or important dates that are coming up in the week. I also make a list of what the following week will look like just to have an idea of things that might need to be started this week
  2. Daily priorities – making sure you’re aware of the different importance of tasks can be especially helpful when prioritizing what to get done first. Usually the things that are due earlier are of higher priority.
  3. Prepping the night before – I lay out my outfits, pack lunches, plan out my daily schedule the night before so I don’t have to worry about it the next morning!
  4. Use a visual, digital calendar – I use google calendar for scheduling all aspects of my life. I can easily see what overlaps and time that I can use for studying, what events I have, and add tasks to each day.

My organic chemistry professor, Professor Speight, likes to say: instead of balancing our time, we should create harmony within it. I hope these tips help you find harmony in your day!