Sam Crouse '20

A Typical Boarding Day at Baylor

At Baylor, each day's schedule is a little bit different. Follow Sam Crouse, a boarding student from Lake Village, Ark., through a typical Monday schedule...

MONDAY

Before School

I usually get up by 7:00 so I have time to eat breakfast before going to extra help at 8. If I’m running late, I have some breakfast bars in my room.

8:00 a.m. - Extra Help

There are classes that I like to get extra help in, usually the ones where I’m not doing so hot, at least once a week. It’s nice to know there’s extra help if I feel like I’m slipping a bit.

8:40 a.m. - Geometry, Mr. Stultz

Math is not my favorite subject, but I’m careful to take notes and participate in the activities. Mr. Stultz is very supportive and helpful.

9:45 a.m. - French, Mme. Graham

I’ve always gravitated toward foreign languages and I love French. The class is non-stop, every minute you’re doing something, so it’s great. Mme. Graham is letting me skip from French II to French IV. She knows I do a lot of self-study, so she’s brushing me up during my free time to allow me to skip over French III.

10:50 a.m. - Chapel

Chapel is nice. We had one speaker this year that did a one-man show. He was my favorite, but most of the speakers are really good.

11:25 a.m. - Lunch

The food in the dining hall is great. “B” Day is busy for me so I will usually grab a sandwich or some other “to go” selection and take it with me so I can relax a bit while I’m eating.

12:00 p.m. - Concert Choir, Mr. Oakes

I just completed my first year of Concert Choir and I really like it. I hope to pursue theater when I’m older, so I try to keep dancing, acting, and singing all on the same plane. Choir has helped me a lot with my singing and Mr. Oakes is such a good teacher. He knows his craft very well and he’s very nice to talk to.

1:05 p.m. - Chemistry, Coach Kendle

Coach Kendle is one of my favorite teachers at Baylor. Sciences, like math, are not my best subjects, but he has made learning chemistry easier for me. I go to extra help every Wednesday, and have never felt “lost” in that class.

2:10 p.m. - History, Dr. Conwell

I really like this class. There are plenty of opportunities for participation in classroom discussions. Dr. Conwell wants his students to be free to talk about history in a very candid way and draw their own conclusions. I learned a lot in his class.

After School

4:00 p.m.
BAYLOR PLAYERS: I was in the fall play, the Winter Players, and the spring musical last year, so it’s theater year round for me. I love it so much and Ms. Gumnick is great! I’m usually introverted and, sometimes, talking to people can be awkward for me. Playing roles helps me overcome that awkwardness and frees me up to communicate with others.

6:00 p.m.
DINNER: I try to get to dinner early enough to leave time for a shower before study hours. I meet up with my friends either in the dorm or in the dining hall. With the variety they offer, I can always find something there I like to eat.

8:00 p.m.
EVENINGS: I stay pretty busy during study hours (8 – 10), either studying at my desk or getting some math help from Mr. Emmanuele in the library. I’ve learned that if I want my best grades, I have to step it up – I have to care. I found out I like caring and giving my best, and it never really seems overwhelming. I usually have an hour or so to hang out in the dorm but I try to always be in bed by 11.

PROFILE ON Sam

  • Resident in Riverfront Hall
  • Enjoys acting, singing, and song-writing
  • Spends summers working at her grandmother's pharmacy, Lake Village Drugs
  • Taking online courses in Spanish, Italian, and Russian
  • Sam's sister Miriam is a Baylor boarder, one year behind her

"It’s theater year round for me. I love it so much and Ms. Gumnick is great! I’m usually introverted and, sometimes, talking to people can be awkward for me. Playing roles helps me overcome that awkwardness and frees me up to communicate with others."