Sarah Talley '18

A Typical Boarding Day at Baylor

At Baylor, each day's schedule is a little bit different. Follow Sarah Talley '18, a boarding student from Atlanta, Ga., through a typical Wednesday schedule...

 Wednesday

Before School

I get up about 7:20 a.m. on most days and head to the dining hall. I always eat breakfast… I have to or I get really cranky! I usually pass up the traditional bacon and eggs for yogurt and fruit, but I always eat something. The Baylor dining hall always has a great variety for me to choose from.

8:00 a.m. - Extra Help

I go to extra help for a different class every day, depending on what’s going on that week – tests or whatever. It depends on what I need help in, usually chemistry or math. It’s always very helpful for me because sometimes I forget things from my note taking, so I can go talk to my teacher and fill in the blanks.

8:45 a.m. - Free

I usually go the library and catch up on my homework or study for a test I may have that day. It seems I always have something I can do, so I look at it as extra time rather than free time.

9:52 a.m. - Adviser Meeting

I love my adviser meetings. Ms. Sims is my adviser and she always makes brownies for the six girls in our group. Sometimes we have some business or communications to go over, but usually we just sit around, maybe watch some of the Today Show, talk…and eat the brownies. Ms. Sims is like my second mom. She’s always there to help when I’m feeling a little stressed.

10:27 a.m. - Chemistry, Dr. Loveless

Chemistry is sort of a "flipped" classroom situation where we do more studying on our own and then discuss homework during the class. I like it when I see I’ve done things right and I know it will be beneficial to me later on in college.

11:29 a.m. - Lunch

Usually I’ll find a seat with some friends and chat for a while. Then I’ll get my food after the line gets smaller. I still have plenty of time to eat.

12:06 p.m. - English, Ms. Haynie

English is my favorite class this year. Ms. Haynie is super nice and she always makes sure I understand the material. We do a lot of discussion about whatever we’re reading, which I like,  but we also write a lot. Ms. Haynie is always available for extra help if I need it and I like the way she points out my mistakes and how I can improve.

1:13 p.m. - Spanish, Ms. Butler

Ms. Butler is great and she’s helping me like Spanish a lot more. I think because she was a Baylor student she teaches the class in a way that she would have enjoyed.

2:30 p.m. - World History, Mr. Maynard

I love this class. I like history, plus the class is largely a discussion class and I really like learning that way. We talk about what we read for homework and everybody in the class has input. I enjoy hearing what everyone else has to say.

After School

4 p.m. - Baylor Notes
I went to an advertising/marketing camp at Howard University over the summer and really liked it. I thought working on the school newspaper would be similar and would give me a chance to use some of the things I learned there. I like working with the small group of editors and putting the paper together.

6 p.m. - Dinner
I usually go for a half-hour run after the Baylor Notes. Then I shower and join a group of girls going to the dining hall for dinner. I always go with a group, but I like to go with different groups. We will often sit a large table with girls or boys from the different dorms. The food is great and there is great variety.

8 p.m - Evening
I go to the library a lot during the study hours. I can get extra help with math from Mr. E (plus the Learning Center  in the library is open). One of my dorm parents, Ms. Averbeck is the director of the Learning Center, so that’s an added advantage. I can also talk with a lot of classmates and get help on some studies if I need it. Study hours end at 10 p.m., but sometimes I need a little more time. Lights out is officially 11 p.m., and I’m usually ready to go right to sleep.

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Profile on Sarah

  • Resident in Lowrance Hall.
  • Editor for the Baylor Notes, the school's online newspaper.
  • Member of the gender committee, the Baylor business club, and a manager for the boys' lacrosse team.

"Ms. Sims is my adviser and she always makes brownies for the six girls in our group. Sometimes we have some business or communications to go over, but usually we just sit around, maybe watch some of the Today Show, talk…and eat the brownies. Ms. Sims is like my second mom. She's always there to help when I'm feeling a little stressed."