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English story: A Day at University

Level: B1

New Vocabulary: Grab, Head, Refuel, Recharge, Hands-on, Extracurricular, Reflect

Word Count: 1.741

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Topic : A Day at University

Hello, I’m Emily. Today, I’d like to share with you a glimpse into my day at university. Please listen carefully as I recount the details, and feel free to replay and repeat the sentences as needed. Let’s begin now!


A typical day at university starts early in the morning. I wake up to the sound of my alarm clock and get ready for the day. After a quick breakfast, I grab my backpack and head to campus.

My first class usually begins at 8 a.m. I attend lectures on various subjects like mathematics, history, or literature. The classes are interesting, and I take notes to help me study later.

During breaks between classes, I hang out with friends in the cafeteria or library. We chat, grab a snack, or work on group projects together.

After my morning classes, I have a lunch break. I either bring food from home or buy something from the campus cafeteria. It’s a nice break to refuel and recharge for the rest of the day.

In the afternoon, I have more classes or labs. These sessions are more hands-on, and I get to apply what I’ve learned in lectures. It’s challenging but rewarding to see the concepts come to life.

Once my classes are over for the day, I head back to my dorm or apartment. I might study for upcoming exams, work on assignments, or relax and unwind with friends.

In the evening, I attend club meetings or extracurricular activities. It’s a great way to pursue my interests outside of academics and meet new people who share similar passions.

After a busy day, I enjoy a quiet dinner and some downtime. I might watch TV, read a book, or listen to music before getting ready for bed.

Before I go to sleep, I reflect on the day and make plans for tomorrow. I set goals for myself and think about how I can make the most of my time at university.

Overall, a day at university is filled with learning, socializing, and personal growth. It’s a busy but fulfilling experience that prepares me for my future career and life beyond the campus.


Vocabulary & Expressions


  • Grab /ɡræb/ (v) to take hold of something or someone suddenly and roughly.

Example:  A mugger grabbed her handbag as she was walking across the park.

“A Day at University”
“A mugger grabbed her handbag as she was walking across the park.”


  • Head /hed/ (v) is used to describe the action of the speaker when they move or go to a specific place.

Example: After finishing his work in the office, John heads straight to the gym to get some exercise.


  • Refuel /ˌriːˈfjʊəl/ (v) to put more fuel into an aircraft, ship, etc. so that it can continue its journey.

Example: After a long day of work, I refuel by spending time with my family and enjoying a hearty dinner together.


  • Recharge /ˌriːˈtʃɑːrdʒ/ (v) : to replenish energy or spirits after having expended them.

Example: After a busy week at work, I like to recharge by spending a relaxing weekend hiking in nature.


  • Hands-on /ˌhændˈzɑːn/ (adj) : refers to learning or working directly with objects, materials, or practical activities rather than just reading about or hearing about them.

Example: She’s very much a hands-on manager.


  • Extracurricular /ˌek.strə.kəˈrɪk.jə.lɚ/ (adj) : An extracurricular activity or subject is not part of the usual school or college course.

Example: Participating in extracurricular activities such as sports teams or debate clubs can help students develop valuable skills outside of the classroom.


  • Reflect /rɪˈflekt/ (v) : to think carefully.

Example: She felt she needed time to reflect on what to do next.


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