by Jade Romain

Hey there! In case you missed my Instagram Takeover, here is a recap of what a typical day in the life of an international student may look like!

Let’s Get Started!

My day begins with taking the Razorback Transit bus to campus. As an international student, I decided to live off campus because of the larger living space and greater affordability. All single freshmen, who are under the age of 21 are required to live on campus in a residence hall unless they live with a parent or legal guardian within 70 minutes of campus. But once you are over 21, you can live off campus with a roommate or by yourself. There are a ton of affordable options close to campus, so you can always find something within your budget!

Off to Class

My classes begin at 8 AM on Tuesdays & Thursdays and my first class is Accounting Technology at the Walton Business College. As a business student, most of my classes are in the Walton College building. After this class I head to my favorite class of the semester: Intermediate Accounting. I especially love this class because we begin to delve into the standards of accounting such as GAAP and also begin preparing much more complicated and in-depth financial statements. I love being a Walton Business College student because of the business and professional environment which makes me feel like I’m already in the professional world.

Time for a Break!

Once I have a break I head to the Union and pass through the International Connections lounge where I always get to see my country’s flag–it’s always great to be reminded of home! I also grab a bite to eat at the Union Food Court. There are so many options for eating on campus, but the Flying Burrito rice bowls are my favorite! I then head over to the Multicultural Center to eat; it’s one of the best hangout spots on campus! It’s a quiet space to chill and study, and it’s open to everyone.

Effecting Real Change in the Community

After this, I head to a quick meeting with my team at the McMillon Innovation Studio. The McMillon Innovation Studio is a great way to get active on campus! We work in teams and are paired with various companies to address a wide range of social issues and look for solutions.This semester my team is working with an amazing company called Seeds that Feed in order to design a prototype to deliver nutritious meals to the Marshallese community and senior citizens here in Arkansas! It’s exciting to be a part of something bigger than yourself and being able to have such a huge impact on an issue as a student.

Work It Out!

After my final class of the day (Fundamentals of Taxation), I end my day with a quick workout at the gym. It’s a great way to de-stress and stay healthy! There are several gyms on campus, so you can always find one that is nearby and take advantage of the group fitness classes or do your own thing.

Thanks for hanging out with me! I hope my day gave you an idea of what your life might look like as a student at the U of A!