Day in the Life: Robin Chan

Courtesy of Robin Chan
Courtesy of Robin Chan

As the president of the Arts Club at NYU, CAS sophomore Robin Chan juggles a packed schedule full of extracurriculars, on-campus jobs and classes ranging from economics to studio art.

10 a.m. | A grumpy Chan stumbles out of bed looking for his glasses. After washing up, Chan throws on one of his many Urban Outfitters ensembles and dashes out the door with water and scarf in hand. As he leaves his dorm, he grabs his regular breakfast — a Clif Bar and banana.

11 a.m. | As an information assistant for the University Learning Center, Chan spends his mornings in the Academic Resource Center. For his four hour shift, he manages students flowing in and out of the building.

3:30 p.m. | After work, Chan heads to Steinhardt’s Barney Building to work on a sculpture for his class with adjunct instructor Chris Bogia. Chan uses clay, tree branches, plaster and egg cartons to craft his latest piece.


“We had to pick two words from a hat and make something related to the words,” Chan said. “I got ‘gaudy’ and ‘feral.’”

6:15 p.m. | An active president of the Arts Club, Chan heads to the Kimmel Center for University Life to attend the painting social he organized. As the event administrator, Chan provides art materials for the guests. It doesn’t take long before attendees channel into their “artistic processes.”

7:30 p.m. | Serving customers delicious cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop, Chan proves himself to be a capable host. After the event ends, he stays behind to clean up.

9 p.m. | Chan spends the rest of the night finishing homework at a recently opened coffee shop called Kopi Kopi, which is located behind Bobst Library.

“It’s very spacious,” Chan said. “They play really good music by Phoenix, Grizzly Bear and Cold War Kids.”

10:30 p.m. | An exhausted but content Chan makes his way back to Palladium residence hall, where he relaxes for the first time since waking up. With a schedule this hectic, he tries to get to sleep by midnight to ensure that he gets nine hours of sleep.


A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Nov. 14 print edition. Utpala Menon is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]



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