If you’ve never read Refinery 29’s Money Diaries, I highly recommend searching them up, just don’t fall into a spiral, because I’m warning you, they’re pretty addictive. Any woman can write a submission documenting a week in her life and every purchase she made that week as an effort to encourage conversation about money and make it a less taboo topic. As you read about my day, I included the price for anything I paid for to show how affordable Prague really is (especially compared to NYC).
I wake up but stay in bed scrolling through Instagram for the next 20 minutes slowly waking up. After I finally sit up, I grab my laptop from my desk and start working on my marketing assignment which is due this afternoon right at the beginning of class. My roommates and I have been working on it periodically all weekend but we didn’t really manage our time all that well, so we’ve been frantically trying to finish.
Still working on the assignment, I take a small break to pour myself a bowl of cereal and finish of my bottle of milk. I bought a ton of groceries last week but I’m not buying a new batch this week because my dad is coming to visit in a few days, and I know we’ll mostly be eating out. I rinse the bottle and throw it into our “Plastic” recycling bin. If you didn’t know, Europe is much better at recycling than the US, so you are expected to recycle as much as you can and to do it correctly. My friend S. pulled an all-nighter to finish the assignment, so she goes to take a nap before class and I get back to work, aiming to finish in the next couple hours.
I finally finish my assignment, hand it in on NYU Classes and email it to myself so I can print it once I arrive at academic center. S. and I quickly get ready, but I head out a few minutes before her because I need to stop at the market on the corner before we head to class. Last week in my Law and Human Rights class we had to choose groups for our midterm debate and my friend G. and I asked another group to split up so that we had even groups and I told them I would buy them cookies to say thank you. S. joins me outside the market right as I pay and then we walk one block over to the tram stop. (30 kc)
We arrive at the academic center, print, and successfully use the scary, automatic stapler before settling into our seats. The professor likes to have the room set up in a semi-circle, so my friends and I consistently get seats in the back where the screen is most visible. We finish up slides from the previous class about Customer Experience Management and play a Kahoot to review. Our professor is a former CEO of Vodafone so she’s super engaging and she really enjoys using Kahoots in class. We get a 15-minute break during which I go downstairs to a café right near the academic center and buy a caprese panini to tide me over until dinnertime, which would be after my next class. Czechs really enjoy ham, but I’m not a fan, so I’ve been very heavily reliant on caprese sandwiches since I arrived here. (89 kc)
Marketing resumes and we shortly discuss Sustainable Marketing before splitting up into small groups to answer questions about a Volkswagen case we had to read. When we open it up to a class discussion, I make some strong points and one of my classmates and I even get into a mini heated debate that entertains the rest of the class. At the end of marketing, G. and I move our stuff to our next classroom and I quickly run back outside to grab a gelato from the overpriced stand before Law and Human Rights starts. I should have just taken a few extra minutes to make my way to one of my favorite gelato places with very reasonable prices, but I was too rushed. Today, we finally meet our third professor for the class. The class is run by one professor, but there are two other men who do a few lectures each, so technically the class has 3 official lecturers. (50kc)
I was fairly engaged at the beginning of class, but I started falling asleep about 40 minutes in so I’m super thankful for this break. I give the two guys the cookies I bought them and they’re genuinely surprised that I followed through because they thought it was a joke. It makes me really happy that I could impact their day with such a small gesture. Following the break, I’m able to stay more engaged for the rest of the class and thankfully don’t doze off at all, though I do space out a bit thinking about where I want to eat out with my dad this weekend.
Our professor lets us go 20 minutes early and I decide I want to try the bubble tea place S. showed G. and I last week. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the academic center but when we get there, I find out they’re out of tapioca pearls, mango popping Boba and lychee popping Boba. What did they even have? I end up ordering a plain milk tea with peach popping Boba and lychee jelly with 0% sugar because the teas here seem to be presweetened. (119 kc)
My friend S. updates me on what our travel group is thinking of doing for fall break, but it doesn’t help me with my very conflicted decision process, so I decide to call my mom. Unfortunately, she doesn’t offer much advice, but she does say that she and my dad would prefer if I didn’t go on a 12-day trip alone, which I understand. The fall break in Prague is extremely long for most people because we get an entire school week off, combined with the two surrounding weekends and any days we don’t have class from the previous week. Mine is going to be from Wednesday until two Sundays after. We end the call agreeing that I will ask my dad for recommendations, but a few hours later they both begin bombarding me with texts as S., G. and I work on our Org Comm presentation that’s due tomorrow. I start to get a little hungry, so S. makes us pelmeni, a Russian version of dumplings. We both come from Russian backgrounds, so it has been nice to be have easy success to Russian foods here. Afterwards, I cut up an apple I bought last week and eat it with some Nutella. (Disclaimer: Nutella tastes better in Europe and comes in glass jars!)
Technically it’s the next day but G. and I put the finishing touches on our presentation since S. went to sleep a little while ago. We added some fun animations and audio so it’s not too dry and we set alarms to wake up early so we can rehearse before class at 9am.
I hope you all enjoyed reading about my Monday and feel free to reach out to me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For reference, my schedule this semester is as follows:
Monday, 1:30-4:20: Intro to Marketing
Monday, 4:30-7:20: Law and Human Rights
Tuesday, 9:00-11:50: Org Comm (Organizational Communication and Its Social Context)
Tuesday, 3:00-4:20: History in the Headlines
Tuesday, 4:30-7:20: Advertising and Society