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A Day in the Life

Chelsie Batko

DMT II

DMT II

This week I thought it would be a good idea to look at a day in the life of a first-year dance/movement therapy student.  So what exactly does a day in the life of a DMT student look like?  Read on to find out!

During the first year in the program, I’ve only had classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is wonderful for a few reasons.  First, it gives me an opportunity to catch up on homework. Second, it gives me an opportunity to hold a job.  Last but certainly not least, it gives me a chance to catch up on sleep.

Tracing Our Bodies

Tracing Our Bodies

So what all takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays then?  Well, typically, I wake up at 7:00am so that I can be ready and awake when class starts at 9:00am.  There is a Starbucks on the same block that class is held where I sometimes stop in for coffee and a muffin.  Breakfast is a definite must since I know that I probably won’t have time to eat accept for a short 15 minute break during my first class.

My first class on Tuesdays is Psychopathology.  Class starts at 9:00 and goes until 11:50am.  From there I have a half hour break to eat lunch.  After that we have our research methods class, which goes from 12:30pm to 3:20pm.  I then have the afternoon free, which usually entails me taking some dance classes in order to get moving after a day of sitting in class.  There is a dance class run by a second-year DMT student that starts directly after class and that I sometimes attend. I also make an effort to attend classes at American Rhythm Center (ARC), which is literally two blocks from campus.

Getting Some Breakfast

Getting Some Breakfast

Thursdays are a little bit longer.  Classes still start at 9:00am, but they go until 5:00pm on Thursdays.  My day begins with going to Counseling Techniques, which is from 9:00am to 11:50am.  We then have lunch, which is nice because, on Thursdays, it is an hour long.  Some weeks I use this time to go out to eat, go to the grad lounge and work on homework, or, on the days I really need it, I can use this time to head back to my apartment and nap for a half hour before the second part of the day.  When 1:00pm roles around it is time for DMT II.  This class goes until 5:00pm, and then, depending on how I am feeling, I may head back home or opt to go take some more dance classes.

There you have it!  A day or day(s) in the life!

A Day in the Life

This week I thought it would be a good idea to look at a day in the life of a first-year dance/movement therapy student.  So what exactly does a day …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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