A Day In The Life: Yale Student

A Day In The Life: Yale Student

August 19, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


(soulful rock music) – So I usually start out the day by getting up maybe around nine or 10. I’d make breakfast, so maybe it’d be eggs, or a breakfast burrito,
or sometimes it would be something like a granola bar, because I’m not a morning person, and I usually don’t get up. And then I go to class for
usually 10:30 to 12:30. (mellow music) And then, after that, I grab lunch, maybe from a food cart
or at a dining hall, and then head to practice. So practice would be from 2:30 to 5:30, and I’d maybe do a bit of rehab for my back injury beforehand. After practice, we’ll watch a bit of film on the team that we’re gonna play, and then usually, we’d shower, go to dinner with the team, and hit the library after that. And then I’d go to bed, and it’d all pretty much repeat itself. (bright music) Hi, my name is Claire
Feeley, and I’m a senior history major and D1
athlete at Yale University. This was my practice jersey
for volleyball in high school, and the senior skip day
shirt that we had made, and stuff like that,
and pictures of my cats. It’s a nice little reminder of home. ♪ Where you paint graffiti ♪ – So these are the rings that we got from our championships
freshman and sophomore year. So this was the one from freshman year, which was a bit big, and
then this is my favorite one. I’d say my journey to Yale was
largely based on volleyball. so I really wanted to play
volleyball in college, but I also wanted volleyball to make sure that I got into a really good school. So I actually gave up a
scholarship to come to Yale. – [Announcer] The chop
shot over the block. (players cheer)
Staggering out of the middle is Claire Feeley. – The biggest part for me is, Yale lets you be a student and an athlete, where I felt like at other
full-time D1 universities, I would be more of only an athlete, rather than just a student. So that was pretty important to me. It gave me a chance to get
involved with other clubs, to major in what I wanted, and also be a bit more involved in other student activities in the spring, when I’m out of season. I really wanted to go to a great school, and I think when I came and
visited here my junior year, of my unofficial visit, I loved it. It was completely
different than everything I’ve seen at home. And with all the gothic architecture, and just being in the Northeast, and seeing fall color leaves. ♪ Obey ♪ – So this is Old Campus, so this is where all the freshmen live. So unless you’re in TD or Silliman, which are the two larger colleges, you’re gonna live here your freshman year. So I lived in that far corner, kind of reddish brick
building, called Farnam. And so you’re still gonna live with all the freshmen in
your residential college, so each building is for each
individual residential college. And it’s a really fun place
to spend your first year, ’cause you’re surrounded by
all the other fellow freshmen, and great kinda place
to meet a lot of people in the beginning of your time at Yale, and make some great friends here too. (singing in foreign language) So we’re in front of
Sterling Memorial Library, and this is supposedly one
of the biggest libraries in the country. I think it’s second to the amount of books that the Library of Congress has. I think that’s an ROTC
demonstration’s happening, so if you’re going to
join the army afterwards, but they help pay your way through school, so sometimes they do practices
or demonstrations like this. (singing in foreign language) Societies, which sometimes people know them as secret societies, or here we just call
them senior societies, they’re pretty unique
component of life at Yale. I’d say a little over half
of the senior student body gets involved in them. It’s usually a group of about 16 people. Typically eight guys, eight girls, but sometimes a couple societies
are all guys or all girls. So I guess you could kinda compare it to Princeton’s eatings club,
or Harvard’s finals club. So this is my residential college, JE. It’s also called Jonathan Edwards, but we just call it JE for short. So this is where I lived my
sophomore and junior year, and I ate most of my meals here
and studied a lot here too. (mellow music) This is the basement of JE. So the basement is kind
of like a labyrinth that goes around, and
usually you can access any part of JE by going
up through the basement. So if you’re cold in the winter, and don’t wanna put on shoes or something, you can just walk through the basement. This is the student art gallery. So they post student art. I usually come down here late
at night on the weekdays, because they have a student cafe open, where they make more like late-night food, and it’s really good when you
need a break from the library, and they have pool tables
down there, they have a gym, there’s a printing studio,
for if you’re interested in like a printing press, and they try to mix it up
and keep a lot of cool things in the basements of the colleges. I chose to be a history
major mainly because it was my favorite subject in high school. Yale has a really good history department, and they’ve recently changed it, so you can take two different tracks. You can either do a global focus, or what you could do is
pick a specialized track. So I picked two different
specialized tracks. I’m a European and a cultural
history specialized major. I love the history major. I think you can study a wide
variety of things within it. I’ve taken classes on Roman history, or African encounters with colonialism, or France since 1871, and tons of different subjects like that. This is the courtyard of JE. We hang out here a lot in the spring, when they plant the tulips. Sometimes when I’m calling my parents to just catch them up on the week, I’ll come out here and just hang out on the swing and call them. Or like a nice way to relax
after studying before dinner. So Mory’s is more of a restaurant that a lot of students will like to go to. It’s not like an every
night kind of thing, but Mory’s is a place
more of Yale tradition. So it’s this little white
house on York Street, that’s actually a restaurant and a bar. It’s full of Yale tradition. You have crew oars just
hanging from the roof, you have pictures of championship teams and players all over the walls, framed team pictures or action shots. So it’s a really fun bar
place that students will go every once in a while. I wouldn’t say it’s like the weekend spot, but everyone goes to Mory’s
every couple of months. ♪ Hallelujah ♪ ♪ Oh, I’m down there on the beach ♪ – So I just got a hockey ticket for this past weekend, we
had two big hockey games, and they’re tons of fun. So got two tickets. ♪ In heaven there is no beer ♪
♪ No beer ♪ ♪ That’s why we drink it here ♪
♪ La la la la ♪ ♪ And when we’re gone from here ♪ ♪ Our friends will be
drinking all our beer ♪ (bright music) – So this is the outside of Payne Whitney, so this is where all the magic happens, and yeah, this is pretty much where I spend my entire fall semester. ♪ I wanna go where you hide out ♪ – This is the locker room, this is where we get ready
for practices and lift. Our training regimen would probably be, we lift three times a week in season, and we also have practice every
day for about three hours. And then sometimes we’re traveling on the weekends for games. We have games every Friday and Saturday. Yeah, so these are our different pillars of volleyball culture that
we established a while ago. So we always try to put
up stickers of this, and reminders of this
throughout the locker room. And then there’s just
the fridge that we use. We got plenty of Muscle
Milks for getting swole. – [Announcer] And Yale takes it in five. Huge win for the Bulldogs. Massive Ivy League implications and spoiling Princeton’s
perfect Ivy League season. – I don’t know how to describe this team in a kosher–
– It’s indescribable. – Charismatic.
– Charismatic, yeah. I’d say we’re quite charismatic. People like to have a lot of fun, they’re really energetic, can be very, very loud sometimes. – We’re a really
tight-knit group of girls. Right now we have 16 on our team, and we spend a lot of time together. So we’re each other’s best friends, we hang out on and off the court, and it’s a really great group
of people to be involved with and have to have your
back, or just hang out, and support each other. – When I came in, we had already won three Ivy League
Championships consecutively, and then my freshman and sophomore year, we also had two additional Championships. So these past couple
years, we’ve gotten second, but I think next year’s
gonna be a great chance for the rising seniors
to win another ring. – Definitely makes you nostalgic to think about all the good times that you’ve had playing
volleyball, especially at Yale. So it’s also exciting to
see what they’re gonna do. What we’ve taught them,
and how they’re gonna bring our lessons into the future. – It’s a group of girls that can always come to each other
when they need something, and even though we’re really competitive, we know that we can
always rely on each other. And I’d say that’s been one
of my biggest parts of Yale, and probably one of the reasons why I loved my experience at Yale so much. (singing in foreign language) I think Yale kinda gives
you the opportunity to do whatever you want. There’s tons of different
extracurricular groups. If you’re really interested in singing, they have a huge a
cappella group life here. There’s Greek life, there’s
sports, intramural sports, there’s different kind
of academic societies, or clubs promoting business
or other things like that. So I think you can really
make the experience whatever you want with
it when you come here. (upbeat music) – If you’re interested in hearing more about the world’s top universities, don’t forget to subscribe.