Ridley Browder '20

A Typical Boarding Day at Baylor

At Baylor, each day's schedule is a little bit different. Follow Ridley Browder, a boarding student from Memphis, Tenn., through a typical Wednesday schedule...

WEDNESDAY

Before School

I typically get up around 7:00-7:15, get my shower and get the ready for the day. Then I head to breakfast – always enjoy my breakfast. The dining hall has lots of options and I enjoy talking the staff there a little bit.

8:00 a.m. - Extra Help

I usually go to extra help on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, every day we have it. Sometimes I need help on certain assignments or I can make up a test I missed. Going over quizzes and working on essays is always helpful. It’s a great time to get feedback from the teacher that you can’t get in class.

8:40 a.m. - AP U.S. History, Mr. Cox

I really enjoy this class. Mr. Cox has been teaching here for many, many years and he really knows his stuff. You don’t get bored in this class – he’s very active and funny. But you also learn a lot.

9:45 a.m. - AP Chemistry, Dr. Miles

This course has a pretty big workload and we do a lot of labs during class. We have to do our lab reports as homework. Dr. Miles is very nice, very knowledgeable, and she’s very available and easy to talk to.

10:50 a.m. - Adviser Group Meeting, Mr. Young

There are eight in our adviser group, all from Lupton, and we meet in Mr. Young’s apartment off of Lupton Circle. We talk about what’s going on at school that week, review school rules, and cover daily announcements. We have outings too, like to Dunkin Donuts or paintball.

11:25 a.m. - Free Period, Physical Education

I have PE during my free period this year. This trimester, we’re covering a lot of wellness topics regarding health and decision-making. The exercise portion will come later.

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

I have about a half hour for lunch. It’s a good time to have conversations with people. The dining hall has a good variety and I can package something up for me if I’m in a rush.

1:05 p.m. - AP English Literature, Ms. Ott

Ms. Ott is a great teacher. We have lots of class discussions about what we’re reading in class, what we’re reading for our own pleasure, and even current events.

2:10 p.m. - Ethics, Rev. Scott

I picked this elective. I enjoy history and I thought ethics would be an interesting class as we looked at certain views of right and wrong throughout history.

After School

4:00 p.m.
BAYLOR PLAYERS or ROWING: The Baylor Players are a fun group to be a part of and they’re always open and welcoming. It really is like a family, working together to create each performance. In the winter, I row and was on the junior varsity last year.

6:00 p.m.
DINNER: I like to eat with different people each time, depending on who’s there. It’s usually guys in my dorm, but not always.

8:00 p.m.
EVENINGS: I like studying in the library rather than my room because I feel a little enclosed in my room sometimes. I can easily talk to a lot more people in the library to give or get help on schoolwork. Plus, it’s nice to take a breather every now and then and just have a conversation. I usually stay there until 10:00. I’ll study a bit more before bed but usually try to get to sleep by 11:30.

PROFILE ON Ridley

  • Resident in Lupton Hall
  • Enjoys reading, writing, and politics
  • A member of the Baylor Debate Club and Model UN
  • Editor for the Baylor Notes, the school's online newspaper

"There are eight in our adviser group, all from Lupton, and we meet in Mr. Young’s apartment off of Lupton Circle. We talk about what’s going on at school that week, review school rules, and cover daily announcements. We have outings too, like to Dunkin Donuts or paintball."