An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Olivia S. '20 and Eleanor K. '20

5:30 a.m.: The hardest part is waking up. Don't press the snooze button five times before getting up; it just makes things worse. Trust me.

6:15 a.m.: Perhaps waking up isn't the hardest after all. There are a lot of difficult tasks, like when you get to the pool and realize you actually have to get in. Pools are cold. Beds are warm.

7:00 a.m.: That feeling when your coach puts the main set on the whiteboard and you really wish that you were still asleep. Really. Especially since the set is sprints. If you're a sprinter, wish the distance swimmers good luck and get ready to hold your breath for the next ten minutes.

7:15 a.m.: The main set is going strong, unlike your muscles. Luckily, we have some lit pump up music playing from the speakers on the pool deck. Too bad you can't hear Shakira underwater. Maybe singing can distract you from the pain. It's true – your hips don't lie, and you can hear them screaming in soreness. Oh crap, was that a 50 or a 200?

7:30 a.m.: The perfect time of the day for questioning how many more ab workouts your body can take. Answer: not many.

7:45 a.m.: Finally, practice is over. We survived another day! As we drag ourselves through the showers and locker rooms in a slow chatter of energy deficit, we realize that there's still school...

8:05 a.m.: Coffee, and lots of it. Not with all the gross stuff added to it, just plain coffee. (See Lauren E. '20 as your coffee advisor. We love you Lauren!)

8:10 a.m.: Try your hardest not to fall asleep first period. Once again: coffee. The solution to all of our problems.

9:00 a.m.: P.E. The most dreaded class of the day because your legs, arms, and abs (read: entire body) are already dead. No offense gym teachers – we love you. In P.E., you'll really wish you knew how to do land sports, because everyone else is already judging you for your ability to kick a ball. Why isn't there land swimming?

12:00 p.m.: Lunch. Finally! Your stomach has been waiting for this all day. Eat as much as you can bare, and then some. Store extra for later. Maybe eat just a little bit more because the empty pit that is your stomach never rests.

2:00 p.m.: One more hour until you can finally go home. It's been a long day.

3:00 p.m.: What time is it? Summer time! It's our vacation. (It's not actually vacation. It's time to go home and do homework. Sorry about that, Troy and Gabriella.)

5:00 p.m.: This is when that extra food from lunch becomes really handy. But only if you haven't already scarfed it down.

7:00 p.m.: That sinking feeling in your stomach persists when you realize that the next day you're going to have to wake up and do it all again.

11:00 p.m.: Ah. Your bed. It's warm. You've missed it. But hey, at least you're one day closer to the weekend!