By Doug Spurlock

Hi, my name is Douglas Spurlock. In class I’m Mr. Spurlock, and out of class my friends call me Doug. I’m a Sophomore here at St. John’s College Santa Fe and I’m going to walk you through what a normal Monday looks like for me.

7:30-7:45: Does it take me 15 mins to get out of bed? Absolutely!

8:15: I’m presentable, and out the door. I’ve met my friends and we walk to breakfast together.

8:45: I’ve eaten breakfast, which was probably an omelette and hash browns, and am now enjoying my morning cup of coffee.

9:00-12:00: My 3 hour Music Class (I have two other 1.5 hour music classes later on in the week). We sing for the first hour and twenty minutes, take a short break and return for the second half of class where we are currently analyzing and working through Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion.

12:00-1:20: Lunch/Study time in my dorm. I’m reviewing Apollonius (Conic Sections) Prop II.12– its my turn to present at the board.

1:30-2:55: Math Class. The next hour and a half is devoted to presenting propositions at the board and discussing conic sections. (our discussion today takes us back to book 1 prop 7, a prop essential to understanding Apollonius)file-4

3:00: It’s off to work in the Admissions Office, where I wrote this blog, and answered some phone calls. I will be here till 5.

5:30-6/6:30: Work is over and its time for dinner. The amount of time I spend here depends on if my friends and I are having a good discussion and/or if I have my seminar reading to finish. On this particular Monday we’re reading Thomas Aquinas on Law, and I have not finished my reading. I only stay to eat– I’m here till 6.

6:00-7:15: I’m alone in my room reading for seminar; not very glamorous but necessary. I read until I hear the college bell ring and then I walk to the grassy knoll.

7:15-7:30: My peers and I relax before seminar and sit on the half wall adjacent to the grassy knoll, casually talking about the reading.

7:30-9:30: Seminar starts, and for the next two hours I will be seriously discussing the reading I just finished. Tonight is our third Aquinas seminar. Things get interesting as we discuss the particulars of the four types of law and its relation to man, God, and itself according to Aquinas.

9:40-11:00: Seminar ran a bit late tonight, but it was a good discussion so I don’t mind. I now make my way to the coffee shop, where I indulge in a late night after seminar snack: a breakfast burrito. Then my friends and I head back to our dorm, hangout, and play some Melee for a bit before we separate and head off to bed.

11:30: I’m in my pj’s and its off to bed! I’m asleep by midnight.

2 comments on “A Day in the Life of a Sophomore

  1. Egon Dugas

    Play some melee? I’m curious about this. I watched a video on the St. John’s Youtube channel (from 2010) that briefly mentioned a melee club (What I know as LARP but I guess “melee” is just the combat part, right?) at Annapolis. Is this still a thing at Santa Fe?


    • David Conway

      I think in Doug’s case, he was referring to a video game called Super Smash Bros. Melee. But the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) club is still active in Annapolis!


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