5:20 Rise and shine to meet Spanish teacher José Juan’s wife to go to the YMCA in Santa Ynez. I have a gym membership and normally I use the elliptical for an hour, but today I try spinning for the first time.
7:10 Return to Midland and eat breakfast. I enjoy oatmeal with raisins and an apple. I make sure my room is clean and then I perform my duty as freshman girls’ prefect to check the cleanliness of their rooms.
8:50 Finance class! I have taken all of Don Redl’s classes and love them all. On the agenda is learning to expand our financial portfolios by understanding how options work. This knowledge is applicable to our fantasy stock market game.
9:40 Calculus BC with one other student. Definitely the smallest class I’ve ever been in, but honored that Midland supports its students.
10:30 Thesis period and so much to do! I work on some notes for my carbon sequestration project and verify my upcoming internship at CalPoly’s soil science lab for Experiential Week.
11:20 Closing discussion on Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë to spark ideas for our self selected essay in English class.
12:05 Lunch break! I lead assembly with my fellow school prefect and then have some minestrone soup and salad straight from our 10-acre garden.
1:10 Ceramics class is cancelled today since our free time on Tuesday will be spent doing a special raku firing. I prepare for my Spanish quiz the next period. In Spanish 4 honors, we’re focusing on AP preparation.
3:15 The weather is insanely beautiful today, 70 degrees with a slight breeze. It is a good day to play lacrosse. As team captain, I help to organize the team, offer some pointers, and lead the workouts.
6:00 A special Spanish 4 Honors outing into the Santa Ynez valley, exploring places that were integral to the valley’s history. Destinations include the Chumash Indian Reservation, the Catholic Church, and Mattei’s tavern.
9:00 Back to campus to work on my senior thesis of increasing carbon sequestration and improving land quality through rotational grazing. Tomorrow I will work with the ranch manager Ben to prepare grazing paddocks for our own pilot study.
10:00 Check in the freshmen girls to make sure they’re present, healthy, and happy.
11:00 I retire to my cabin; my bed has never felt so good!
Mariah and many Midland dogs