Allen Pack '17

A Typical Boarding Day at Baylor

At Baylor, each day's schedule is a little bit different. Follow Allen Pack, a boarding student from Peachtree City, Ga., through a typical Monday schedule...

MONDAY

Before School

I get up around 7:30, get my shower, get dressed, and then wait in my room until it’s time to go to my first commitment. If don’t eat breakfast in the dining hall, which is always good, I have some breakfast bars in my room that I eat as I’m getting ready to go.

8:00 a.m. - Extra Help

I'll go to extra help sessions two or three times a week, usually in a class where there’s a test coming up, if I struggled on the homework, or if I just need a little extra help in understanding something. I don’t really schedule it, but I know when I need to go for a certain class. If I feel good about everything, I may not go that day.

8:45 a.m. - Physics, Mr. Edwards

The book for Physics is actually a website that includes lessons in audio and video to supplement the class, sample problems to work, a lot of things to support what I’m learning. Mr. Edwards outlines all the homework, lab work, tests and everything and when all these things are due, so it’s super organized. It helps me plan out my studying and my work and it makes me responsible for getting the work done. I like that system.

9:52 a.m. - Chapel

I like Chapel. We almost always have great speakers and I enjoy hearing them. I like stories and we’ve had several visitors that have great stories to tell.

10:34 a.m. - Free Period

I usually return to my room during free period and finish up some homework, study for an upcoming test, or just relax. Sometimes I might go to the library and take advantage of the Learning Center if I need some help in a class.

11:36 a.m. - Lunch

I love the renovations to the Dining Hall. It’s just unbelievable! They’ve made so much space to spread out and find what you want. We have many choices and the food is always very good.

12:16 p.m. - US History, Mr. Cox

History has become my favorite subject since I came to Baylor. And I really like Coach Cox’s teaching style. He just starts telling a story – and remember, I said I like stories – about colonial America, conditions in those colonies, or conditions on a slave ship, whatever. I can always remember exactly what he said just by looking back at my notes because of the story that he told.

1:23 p.m. - Computer Science, Mr. Owald

I love this class too. We meet in that new room with four plasma screens on the wall and the computers all around the tables. I work on my computer screen while Mr. Oswald’s examples are on the big screens. We’re learning Java coding right now and it’s very interesting.

2:30 p.m. - English, Ms. Pojasek

I had Ms. Pojasek my freshman year as well, so I am used to her teaching style and she remembers how I learn. We have the Ideapaint™ walls – we use those every day – and the chairs that roll around. We can sit in rows or gather in groups or one big circle. It’s very helpful to learning.

After School

4 p.m. - Golf Practice
The golf team practices at Black Creek and it’s just amazing that we can have access to such an amazing club and golf course. They have a section of the driving range roped off for Baylor golfers, we can practice on the putting green, and then we may play five holes or so before it’s time to leave.

6:30 p.m.- Dinner
The dining hall is even nicer when it’s less crowded at dinner. The food is just as good as lunch, plus they have the soda machine and the soft serve ice cream machine available! They offer great variety.

8 p.m.- Evening Hours
Study hours begin at 8 p.m. I get one weekday leave (I usually take it on Monday) because I’m a prefect and I’m on duty one night a week. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., I work on my homework, study for tests, write papers, or read. At 10 p.m., a lot of guys in my dorm hang out in the lobby and play Guitar Hero. Around 10:45 p.m. we start calming down and getting ready for 11 p.m. lights out. I live on the hall with all the freshmen this year, so I try to look out for them and help Coach P (dorm parent Gary Partrick) keep an eye on them.

PROFILE ON ALLEN

  • Dormitory prefect in Harrison Hall
  • Eagle Scout
  • Participated in Baylor's student exchange program, spending time with a family in South Africa.
  • Baylor's Distinguished Scholar Finalist
"The golf team practices at Black Creek and it’s just amazing that we can have access to such an amazing club and golf course. We can practice on the range or putting green, and then we may play five holes or so before it’s time to leave."