Day in the Life: Erika Dorsch

by Marissa Hochstetler – Horizon Co-Editor

Everyone has his or her own daily routine. But what does the average college student do from sun-up to sundown? Erika Dorsch is not a typical Hesston student in many ways; her schedule is one example. Dorsch is a third year nursing student at Hesston College.  She is a resident assistant and a ministry assistant.  Erika leads a bible study once a week, is involved in planning chapel and campus worship, and invites her girls over for regular mod meetings. Although there are many other nursing students on campus, no one else has a schedule quite like Erika’s.

Erika sports her nursing attire as she makes her way across campus.

Here’s what a normal Monday looks like for Erika Dorsch:

6:29 a.m. – The alarm goes off. (Erika has this thing about waking up at even times: she doesn’t like it.  She sets the alarm for 6:29 or 6:31.)

6:30 a.m. – Erika takes a 25-minute morning run.

7:00 a.m. – Time to get ready for the day.

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast: Erika’s favorite meal of the day.  Her norm is Frosted Mini Wheats with peanut butter.

9:00 a.m. – Nursing III.  Currently, the Nursing III class is covering a respiratory unit.  Erika is especially enjoying learning how to care for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

11:00 a.m. – Chapel.  (We all know how this part goes.)

11:30 a.m.– Lunch in the cafeteria. Hopefully it’s a good one, like Chicken Peanut soup (This is Erika’s favorite because it reminds her of the rice and sauce she used to eat in Africa, where Erika was born and lived with her family until she was 13 because her parents were missionaries.)

Erika and Josanna Raber study for their pharmacology exam.

1:00 p.m. – Time to study. Erika usually uses this time to catch up on the information that is going to be on her Pharmacology and/or Nursing exam the next day.

4:45 p.m. – Kickboxing at the Wellness Center.  It’s a great way to exercise and learn self-defense at the same time.

5:30 p.m. – Supper, followed by a nap and then a good chunk of study time.

10:30 p.m.– Time for bed. Erika likes to go to bed at a reasonable time so she can be ready for the alarm at 6:29 a.m. telling her it’s time to start another day.

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