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.[flickr id=”8580839808″ thumbnail=”medium_640″ overlay=”true” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]
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.[flickr id=”8580839396″ thumbnail=”medium_640″ overlay=”true” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]
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!