- The cats always want to help me. SO HELPFUL. I tend to start early – 5:30am, take a gym or run break, get dressed and back to reading. Music is on thanks to Spotify. I use my electric Snuggie, which is AWESOME. I read apps one-handed. ALSO, I think I'm the only one without a double monitor.
- I typically read at my dining room table. I break for Ellen every day at 3pm. My favorite drink while reading is apple tea from Turkey. One day, my cat jumped on my lap - before I knew it, she jumped again and landed on the keyboard. She must have hit escape or something because it closed out of the file reading programs – so, because of my cat, I lost my write-up and had to start over on that applicant.
- I set up my computer around 8:00 and use my TV as a second monitor. I usually read while my dog sleeps on the chair next to me. I take a few breaks to take her to go outside. I usually eat lunch while reading, and end around 5.
- Every morning of a home read day I make a fruit smoothie. Each week has its own flavor; this week is chocolate, blueberry, and banana. After the smoothie, I go through almost 2 quarts of ice tea by the end of the day. When I take a break, I sporcle. (www.sporcle.com = greatest site ever). Regardless of the temperature outside, I read apps in shorts.
- I always read in the family room. My couch is comfy, but not too comfy where I would get lazy. I always have a cup of tea by my computer and my dog Molly DOES join me on the couch. I am always in PJ's. When I take breaks, they're always to eat (home read days are DANGEROUS for this reason) but I try to keep my snacks relatively healthy. Because of meetings, sometimes I read here in the office - or at night when I go home.
- I'm a pj's all day kind of gal. I start reading at my kitchen table at about 8-8:30ish with a cup of chai tea, a bowl of cereal, preferably Honey Nut Cheerios, and the Today Show on in the background. I read until about 10:00, grab a quick snack bringing it back to the kitchen table to continue working. My snack attack could consist of an apple, raisins, yogurt covered raisins or if I'm in a real junk mood, COMBOS, pizza and pretzel flavor. I continue on until about 12:15-12:30, make some lunch and work through the lunch hour. I try to make it until about 3:00 when I need to get my dance on with Ellen! I watch Ellen and then get back to reading for a little while longer.
- Alarm goes off at 5:12 am and I head to the gym for a 5:45 spin class. Showered and dressed in real people clothes (not PJs) by 7:30 am. Eat breakfast and start reading. I'll usually get up a couple of times for some decaf coffee. It seems that no matter what the temperature is in my condo I will keep turning up the thermostat. And keep turning it up..and up...and up. Sometimes for the afternoon I will continue reading at Panera where there is WiFi so that I can actually see another human being. That's always nice. I really don't take breaks, though I probably should. The day usually goes by quickly until about 3 p.m. At that point I think my reading significantly slows.
- I stay up late most nights, going to bed at 3 or 4am. I don't do anything typical during a break, although I like People's Court.
- I usually get started reading around 9am. I usually sit at my desk (I have a large monitor at home). Around half way through my reading for the day I go for a run around Bethlehem (or if it's cold, I'll run at the gym). I will usually read until 11 or 12 depending on how slow I am, then watch TV for an hour or so to refresh.
- My environment is key for effective app reading. I’m most productive when I have Robin Thicke on Pandora – it’s something about soul music that puts me in the vibe! I read applications from home most of the time, moving from green tea to Coca Cola as the day goes on. I read at Panera with two of my co-workers a few times - the change of location and company was a nice change of pace. At home, my dogs are always with me – sometimes they agree with my decisions, though sometimes they disagree.
The time we spent going through the applications, our odd habits (and company) and all, is worth it - difficult as it is, we have selected our class and we are excited that decisions will be mailed in the next few days!
Jessica DeSantis '03
Associate Director of Admissions