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A Day in the Life of a GSPP Student

Ann Hollingshead, MPP '15

Ann Hollingshead is a first-year MPP student at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the co-Editor in Chief of PolicyMatters Journal.

6:30 am. I wake up (without my alarm, so I’d say this day is already victorious). I have about an hour until my workout with my roommate, so I spend a few minutes reading over a literature review I’ve been working on.

7:30 – 8:15. After some deliberating, my roommate, Sarah, and I decide to do Level of 3 of a Jillian Michaels workout video. Sarah, who started doing these videos while she served in El Salvador as a Peace Corps Volunteer, got me hooked on them as a quick way to sweat in the morning. Today it’s a hard one and we feel pretty pleased with ourselves.

8:15 – 9:30. I shower and change. In addition to working out together in the morning, Sarah and I also alternate making breakfast for two (I know, #socute). Lucky for me, it’s her day to make our breakfast, so when I’m done in the shower, I already have a bowl of oats ready.

9:30 – 9:45. I grab the 7 bus and head downtown. Berkeley students get free passes to AC Transit, so taking the bus is my preferred (very cheap) way of getting more