Hannah Gill '17

A Typical Boarding Day at Baylor

At Baylor, each day's schedule is a little bit different. Follow Hannah Gill '17,  a boarding student from St. Michael, Barbados, through a typical Friday schedule...


Before School

I get up a little after 5 a.m. because swim practice, the first of two that day, begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. From there I go straight to breakfast. Breakfast is a must! I’m very hungry after our workouts so it’s great to have a big breakfast ready at the dining hall.

8:00 a.m. - Extra Help

I’ve used extra help period a lot, mostly in math. It’s great to be able to get some questions answered before the day begins.

8:45 a.m. - Pottery, Ms. Portera

Pottery is a nice, calm way to start the day. Art has never been my thing but I like pottery because it’s 3D and hands-on. It’s been a good experience.

9:47 a.m. - Assembly

Assembly is a lot less formal than Chapel, which I also like. I love listening to senior speeches at Assembly. It’s important to hear from the older students and their experiences here. It sort of marks out a path for the underclassmen.

10:34 a.m. - Physics, Mr. Gardner

Physics is my favorite class right now and I really like how Mr. Gardner teaches. He’s very visual and I’m a visual learner. We do a lot of hands on stuff, like in pottery, and I relate to that very well. 

11:36 a.m. - Lunch

The dining hall is amazing this year. Healthy food is important to me as an athlete and they offer great choices. I usually try several different things.

12:16 p.m. - English, Dr. Casson

English this year is American literature so we’re reading a lot of short stories. I’m better at reading than writing but English has always been a challenge for me. Even so, I know I can get help if I need it.

1:18 p.m. - Precalculus, Mr. Lecce

Math has been a challenge for me in the past, but I’m doing well in pre-cal. Mr. Lecce’s class is pretty relaxed. I use Mr. E in the library a lot for help in the evenings. He’s awesome and explains things in a different way, giving you another point of view.

2:20 p.m. - Spanish, Profe Anderson Barrera

We only speak Spanish since it’s a 350 level class. We even have to ask questions in Spanish – there are no English words used at all. I think that has really helped me with my Spanish, just hearing the language a lot, especially with Profe doing so much of the speaking.

After School

4 p.m. - Swim practice
I have a little more time to get to swim practice on Friday, since school ends a little earlier. Practice usually goes to 6 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. on Fridays.

6 p.m. - Dinner and Evening
I can eat in the dining hall or, during football season, at the tailgate if there’s a home game. I like to go to the games, take in the Tiger Walk, and cheer for the team. If the swim team has Saturday practice, I’m there a little earlier than some of the other kids. Sometimes I’ll go out to dinner or a movie on Friday.  I have to be back by 11:30 p.m. and usually go right to bed.

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Profile on Hannah

  • Resident in Hunter Hall.
  • State champion swimmer on the Baylor swim team with the fourth fastest 500 freestyle time and tenth fastest 200 freestyle time in Baylor history.
  • Member of the student activities club and the International boarding committee.

"I love listening to senior speeches at Assembly. It’s important to hear from the older students and their experiences here. It sort of marks out a path for the underclassmen."