Sarah Crider Venanzi, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Science Department, the girls' varsity basketball coach, a dormitory supervisor in Green Dormitory and a new mom. Below, she shares a typical day in her life.
3:00 a.m. Someone knocks on my door. It's a student hanging outside my door, half-asleep, hoping to be let back into her room after a middle-of-the-night bathroom trip.
6:00 a.m. Rise and shine! Time to get ready for the day, which means COFFEE!
7:00 a.m. My three-month-old daughter, Annamarie, is officially awake! Time to get her ready for the day.
9:00 a.m. First class of the day! Today, AP Chemistry students are learning how to synthesize aspirin in the lab.
10:00 a.m. Second class is quantitative chemistry. We are playing Electron Configuration Battleship. Who can beat the teacher?
11:00 a.m. Time for a departmental meeting with the rest of the chemistry faculty.
12:00 p.m. I head to lunch in the dining hall. Good news: It's chicken cheddar wrap day!
2:00 p.m. I head over to the Office of Admission for a meeting with a prospective athlete. Her favorite subject is science and she wants to participate in the Research Science Signature Experience (bonus!).
3:00 p.m. After a great meeting, it's time to walk over to the basketball court with the team to warm up for our game.
6:00 p.m. Finally, time to head home for dinner with my family. There's another knock at the door, this time a student is feeling sick. A quick call to the Hensle Health Center to let them know there's an incoming student.
7:30 p.m. I'm on dorm duty tonight. After I check in with the students, I sit down to give some extra help to my freshman chemistry students.
10:00 p.m. We can't forget birthdays! A quick dorm-wide celebration complete with cupcakes, hot chocolate and singing.
11:00 p.m. I do one final check on juniors and seniors in their rooms.
11:30 p.m. After a long day, it's time for bed. This life is crazy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything!