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A Day in the Life of a Harvard Computer Science Student

October 17, 2019

Hi there my name is John fish, and I’m a Harvard student I’m a freshman studying computer science And this video is going to be a day in my life and the first thing we’re doing today. It’s about 7:30 a.m. I’m gonna go grab some breakfast So Annenberg is Harvard’s freshman dining hall, and honestly, it’s like something out of Harry Potter. It’s pretty cool. Morning Luke. Okay, it’s now 8:15 a.m.. And my first class begins at 9:00, so I have like 45 minutes. I do have homework for that class that I haven’t done yet, just like a little bit like a page. So I’m gonna do that, it’s Swedish. And then, the other thing that I like to do with my mornings is just plan out my day so I have a growth book, it’s what I call it’s like a little daily planner agenda where I write over my schedule for the day my goals my motivation stuff like that, so I’m gonna do that and I’m gonna do my homework. and then we’ll get to class. All right, so just walking you through kind of what my scheduling might look like for a day. This is my schedule for the day. You know, wake up, do some homework, go to Swedish, go to math, have some lunch, go to lecture for my CS course today It’s a guest lecture which should be cool. Then I work out, eat some dinner, go to work and then go to bed hopefully like 10:00 p.m’s the goal that’s one of my goals for today is to hit nine hours of sleep. I’ve already meditated which is great. I want to read around 50 pages of my book throughout the day and then of course I want to film this video, so this is a daily planner that I have personally designed and that I’m actually making, I actually just Had a company produce a bunch of them and they’re going to be shipped to Amazon. Hopefully within the next month and they’ll be available on Amazon Prime and stuff like that and so if you want to buy one I Definitely recommend signing up for my newsletter the link for that is in my description and you’ll be able to Pick up one of these when they come out. Oh, and check out the cover on that bad boy look at that Mmm, ooh Embossed logo, okay. I should do homework Alright so off to Swedish now It’s actually like 9:02 But I’m gonna be on time because one of the interesting things about how Harvard classes work is that they all start on Harvard time, which is seven minutes past the hour Or seven minutes past when the class is supposed to start, so I’ll be there on time even though I’ll probably get there like 9:06. There’s Widener Library by the way. It’s a pretty cool library Alright, so that was an hour of Swedish. It is now 10:00 a.m, so I’m headed off to linear algebra. It’s across campus I’m gonna kinda have to rush to get there in seven minutes, but usually I’m able to do it in like six or seven So many tourists All right rolling back from lunch now I’ve got an hour for my class which is a guest lecture at the computer science course Which is what the title of this video is a computer science student. That’s me and so Yeah, I’m gonna kill some time. Maybe start an essay, maybe work on a problem set, maybe edit a video I got a lot of things on my to-do list. So the lecture today is for my functional programming class it’s called CS51 And it’s a guest lecture which is kind of cool. He’s from Jane Street. Which is like an investment firm I believe they use OCaml, which is like one of the only actual firms in the world or companies that Uses the language which is the language that we use – it’s a functional programming language, so I’m really interested to hear I don’t even know what the lecture is gonna be on But I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be one of the best lectures of the year for the course So I’ll actually go to this one in person. Just gonna head over there in like 50 minutes and in the meantime probably going to edit a video Very very cool lecture and not just because they gave us free shirts although that was cool, too Thanks, Jane Street. But just a cool lecture Yeah, I thought it was actually pretty insightful in terms of just like cool like programming practices that he gave us Things like how to write code that literally you can’t express errors which I thought was a very interesting concept the idea being like you need to design your Types, so OCaml is a typed language And when you’re designing your custom types Doing so in a way that is literally impossible to write invalid or to write an invalid state In the examples that he gave with that were really interesting so Now the next thing that I have to do I have to go work out And I’m not allowed to talk about that on camera on my youtube channel, so instead, here’s just some cinematic shots that I took of Harvard and its surrounding area. Alright, I’m back from working out. Time to go grab a bite to eat for dinner and then attempt to grind for a little bit Okay, so it’s now 7:20 p.m.. And I’ve got a bunch of work to do so what I’m going to be working on right now is I’ve got an essay that I need to be writing for tomorrow. Just like a little rough draft I don’t even think it’s due until tomorrow at midnight, and I’m gonna be starting at psets I have nothing really due tomorrow which is great But I’m just gonna be be working on a bunch of different things. Okay, so the essay that I’m writing It’s a literature review that is based off of this book flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi I think that’s how you say his last name, but correct me if I’m wrong. The fundamental premise of the book is How do you find happiness in a world where we really struggle to do that? It seems like everyone wants to be happy Right, but over the thousands of years that we’ve progressed We haven’t really become that much happier as people and so the question is well, what does make you happy and In flow that question is answered with the idea of meaningful work That is if you have a task that fulfills… Csik Mihaly breaks it down into eight different things eight different Categories that have task fits and then it’s a flow activity and semion flow So you can apply this to anything and Csik Mihaly applied that to an entire life Saying that if you create one goal for your entire life And then you structure your life around that it with Goals and with sub goals and so on then you can have one life that is just a flow experience and therefore it will be an enjoyable experience and a happy experience Now what I’m looking at in my essay is how do you apply that to the student – to the education system? Because I believe that the education system is… well, it’s pretty messed up to be honest I feel like a lot of students are miserable and That shouldn’t be the case like school should be an enjoyable experience It should be fun and I think that you can make it fun, and I think that there’s a way to do that with flow So I’m gonna go write my essay and then once I’ve written my essay there will be a video as a component to it That’s actually part of the course which is really cool We go to one of the studios on campus, and we fillm a mini TED talk. So if you’re interested I’ll upload that video to this channel, so if you’re not subscribed definitely subscribe because well Hopefully it’ll be a useful video essay for you, and if not I upload video essays every week So I’m sure there will be something in there that you find useful. Anyways. I’m gonna go write this essay Okay, the essay, it’s going pretty well. I have been writing for about an hour I am I’m getting a little tired though, so I’m gonna change gears I’m gonna do some math for a bit because I’ve got a problem set due in a couple days So I’m going to do a little bit of linear algebra for year series – for year – FOUR years. I’m gonna some some linear algebra Now another thing that I can imagine a lot of people are wondering is that for a computer science student I didn’t do a whole lot of coding today, and that’s actually true, and it’s kind of a factor of Harvard being a liberal arts school So the courses that I’m taking our Swedish, Expos, which is a writing course Linear algebra and CS51. That’s it There’s just four courses And if you’re coming from a technical college background like me coming from Canada Where pretty much every school is a technical college, and you take like eight courses a semester, and they’re all pretty much given to you Yeah, it’d be kind of ridiculous to be taking a course like Swedish or to be taking a writing course but I kind of love it because Yes programming is fun But I think that overall The point of school is to make you develop as a person like you’re you’re trying to make people that are better members of Society and I don’t think that Becoming only a better coder will make you a better person necessarily I think that there’s so much more life than that. So it’s like 9 o’clock – well, 9:05, and I’m going to start reading and brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed to try and be in bed for 10 o’clock because, maner of the sleep waking up at 7:00 just Gotta go to bed early. But before I head to bed I’d like to talk to you about the sponsor of this video. As a computer science student sometimes Listening to the lectures isn’t enough for me to understand the things that I’m trying to learn. To actually understand a concept I have to reinforce what’s being taught by doing problems And that’s why I love the sponsor of this video Brilliant has a wide variety of interesting math and science problems and courses that can help you to both Reinforce what you’re learning and to learn new things for example when my CS51 class went over red black binary trees I was able to work through the course that Brilliant has on them to clear up my confusion from the lecture and best of all when I got problems wrong I was able to Look at a detailed solution and understand what went wrong in my thought process and then fix it Then when it actually came to implementing a red black tree I didn’t have to go searching through all sorts of reference materials. Brilliant had taught me all of the concepts that I needed to know. It’s genuinely a really effective system So if you’re interested in signing up for, check out the link in my description to sign up for free and Also the first two hundred of my viewers that decide to upgrade will actually get 20% off their premium annual plan It’s now 10pm So I’m gonna head to bed because I’m getting up at 7 tomorrow and one of my goals for the day was to hit Nine hours of sleep. Yeah pretty pretty uneventful day pretty average day I hope that you enjoyed this video of a day in my life I hope that you got to see a little bit of insight into what it is to be a student in freshman year at Harvard and Yeah, thank you so much for watching. I will see in the next video Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already because I make videos every week sometimes probably more, okay, bye

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    Growth books should be on Amazon in around 10 days. Be sure to be subscribed to to get an email when they launch!

  • Reply Bodison Harry October 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    The best video about a day in the life content. You're really deserve to be in Harvard.

  • Reply F H97 October 7, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Wow??? good for you but i swear iam not jealous i just want to be rich without getting to study all my life

  • Reply Maximum Perfection October 7, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I hate his voice

  • Reply Heffer Heffer October 8, 2019 at 3:10 am


  • Reply Bbdell October 8, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I would die being this organized. Need chaos.

  • Reply Mitrović Eva October 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Him:9 hours of sleep in Harvard
    Me:five hours of sleep in middle school

  • Reply mr arican October 8, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    You wake up so late

  • Reply D Reacts October 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Pause the video at 2:14 and look at happiness ( bottom right ) literally me too

  • Reply Katrina .Y October 9, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Smart, coordinated and organized guys turn me on for some reason.

  • Reply Rahul Sharma October 9, 2019 at 10:20 am

    The morning green-tea was the best part of the vid 😀

  • Reply TwilightWorld7 October 9, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Thats all great… but where are parties and girls?

  • Reply speedrun TV October 9, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Good,im programmer,respect you!!!

  • Reply Alexandra Sophia October 10, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Awesome time management:)

  • Reply brodalf October 10, 2019 at 1:14 am

    … until suddenly a wild depression appears. …

  • Reply Gaia Nomad October 10, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Loved "Develop as a person" yes. First video I watch, so far I love your energy and the fact that you read that book when I myself am learning about Taoism is great. ?

  • Reply DragonPoot October 10, 2019 at 8:21 am

    me as a college student: 9hours of sleep? what is "sleep" ? is that something you can eat?

  • Reply wraxius well October 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Damn, i have a thing for lisp apparently

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    뭔진모르겠는데 구독박는다

  • Reply L-I-K-E our_SuMmeR October 10, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Norman! ?

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    What is this, enchantment table language like wth 3:40

  • Reply pubertytwo October 11, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Does anyone know why he wasn't able to talk about/show his workout?

  • Reply alicia is also bored October 11, 2019 at 5:51 am

    god this makes me feel like such an underachiever, starting my math homework now

  • Reply Imam Abdurasyid October 11, 2019 at 8:39 am

    John Fish ??

  • Reply Ashish Gautam October 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

    this gonna give me depression now…

  • Reply Fiddle Pants October 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    You know it's gonna be totally fake video when you see him make his bed. College guys don't make their bed.

  • Reply Hora de películas October 12, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Okey, I thing that I love you xD

  • Reply Alexander Brownbill October 12, 2019 at 1:57 am

    soo no one knows the song that is playing?

  • Reply Blaise Quay October 12, 2019 at 3:31 am

    He said to take a break he switches to math from english which I thought was
    what most people did and then I see the comments and apparently most people don’t lol

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  • Reply Fitri Karimah October 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    10:09 great point

  • Reply Rudy Pascal October 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    If you feel depressed because how mature is this guy managing his time.

    Don't, students enrolled at IVY league Univ. Only accept the best of the best students. It's standards are so high that a straight A high school student can get a C- grade in harvard which is normal.

    Cheer up do not compare yourself to other.
    God Bless

  • Reply Jay-B Music - October 12, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I finish school at 6:00 pm and falls asleep at 11:00 pm

  • Reply Bill V October 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Every minute of his day is mapped out and then followed. Probably why he's at Harvard. I can't even commit to watching a two hour movie but I'll watch random shit on youtube for hours on end.

  • Reply Mahima H October 13, 2019 at 12:06 am

    where did you get that wall art and matching mug???
    I have the same design on a t-shirt from uniqlo and I'm literally wearing it as I'm watching the video
    I was like "hmmm the mug design looks similar"

  • Reply Daniel Williamson October 13, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Imagine going to college and being in debt.. ha?

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  • Reply yo savage erika October 13, 2019 at 10:41 am

    10 seconds in and I'm already jealous of him waking up at 7:00 while I have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to do my annoying ass hw and do all my routine

  • Reply Slayids October 13, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Him: goes to bed at 10 to wake up at 7
    Me: goes to bed at 12 to wake up at 5:30

  • Reply Blue Monday October 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I'm a bit confused, I thought CS student's had Windows computers?

  • Reply Awesome world videos October 13, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for making such videos, we appreciate that. Well I am a CS graduate, love watching your videos.

  • Reply Angelina Thielman October 13, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    i like fish ?

  • Reply BLACKPINK BTS October 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Innocently watching this instead of revising countless chapters that I need to recover for the exam in 2 days now…
    I feel even dumber
    But this doesn't stop me from continuing watching it

  • Reply BLACKPINK BTS October 13, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    YouTube recommending this to me because they know that I need a motivation for finally starting revising…

  • Reply RayMysteryo October 13, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Don’t feel bad guys, he is only 16

  • Reply TECHNICAL HACKS 4 U October 13, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    This is not possible in India.

  • Reply Sanskar Kaazi October 13, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Nice ending man?

  • Reply Loki Nebz October 13, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This is what high school teachers expect students to be like, and then there is everyone else.

  • Reply Marine MJOLINE October 13, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I'm so interested in you. You seem to have a good method to work and to organize your day and you seem passionate 🙂 don't know you and this is the first video of you that i watch. You really motivate me to keep going after my goals. Im sorry if my english isnt that great(im french ??

  • Reply DoomusF22GUY October 14, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Why can’t he talk about working out on camera?

  • Reply Graciella Favoreto October 14, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Que bacana!

  • Reply MyWRLD October 14, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Damn Lil Pump dropped outta here just to save the rap game ?

  • Reply nomag nomag October 14, 2019 at 3:21 am

    You gotta be on the spectrum to live like this

  • Reply Ben Cairney October 14, 2019 at 4:18 am

    compare this to that Sienna girl’s video. i hope you did.

  • Reply ian Rogers October 14, 2019 at 4:43 am

    You talk exactly how I thought a computer science major at Harvard would.

  • Reply SmokeSkyGamer October 14, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I’m not being rude or anything

    But I bet this guys a virgin.

  • Reply Crying over Spilled makeup October 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Still shocked that he uses an Samsung

  • Reply Florr Moreel October 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Vi este vídeo y me sentí una larva

  • Reply Jonathan Aye October 14, 2019 at 7:22 pm


    Freshmen In College:

  • Reply Fudail Abdus-Salam October 14, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    No offense but why does he remind me of Allison Quinn

  • Reply content explore October 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    CS is harder than engeeing

  • Reply Anika Gullapalli October 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I love your videos, you’re really inspiring and you’ve helped me become a better person!

  • Reply Viti V October 14, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    stay off the weed kids and u might make it to harvard

  • Reply Zosuliwe Gula October 14, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    ? I'm still being haunted by the "why my 4,0 GPA in Harvard is problematic " video ???

  • Reply Amber Squirrel October 15, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Imagine being that perfect, couldn’t be me

  • Reply Tommaso Dizon October 15, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Sees Harvard
    Clicks video
    Thumbs down

    Jk Tehe

  • Reply Anish Bhethanabotla October 15, 2019 at 4:16 am

    you're so balanced for a freshman damn.

  • Reply DEC OLISA October 15, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I'm very sure I wasn't on dope when I saw "read about 50 pages of my book"
    Dude what are you??

  • Reply Hey Thots October 15, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Happiness square is empty
    me: wow I felt that

  • Reply Braz October 15, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Y yo en mi universidad publica donde tienes que ponerle candado al cierre de tu mochila :v

  • Reply blah blah man October 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

    why do i have peter parker vibes with this fella?

  • Reply Mitzi Hidalgo October 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    And I’m learning coding from my old manager ??????

  • Reply Bozys Draven October 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    anyone can get into harvard but i don’t find school fun at all while people can study and do hw for 4+ hrs everyday idk how

  • Reply Muhammad Nazmi Zulfianor October 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Wake up
    Pubg time
    Pubg time
    Wake up

    Until one day before collecting final projects due, and than finished the project with magic ?

  • Reply Dark Master 666 October 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Only diff between him and normal college students is that he is happy.

  • Reply Hagen Dnt October 15, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Ur a fan of the hokusai painting??? I happened to have a shirt motived of it

  • Reply Robyn Joyner October 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I would totally subscribe to you if I didn't have an inferiority complex LOL

  • Reply Imshore_35 IMSHOREE October 15, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Why is he not allowed to film himself working out on YouTube??

  • Reply Claping October 15, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    When your taking computer science in Harvard but use Firefox ?‍♂️

  • Reply Marti- Bu October 16, 2019 at 12:49 am

    como puede ir a harvard, hacer vídeos y dormir al mismo tiempo?

  • Reply tomas hernandez October 16, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Explane me please computer science is like software ingenier? Excuse My English i am fromm Colombia 🙂

  • Reply Caitlin b October 16, 2019 at 1:28 am

    videos like this make me inspired to do my work lol

  • Reply Jessi T. A. October 16, 2019 at 3:56 am

    This motivates me a lot!!!

  • Reply sadavocado October 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Thought it was Timothy chameleon in the thumbnail when I was scrolling fast through my feed

  • Reply Edu Hernández October 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    No one in this kind of videos drink a can of beer or smoke a cigarette?? Hahah.

  • Reply Gabriella Sanz October 16, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Do you even have a job while going to school or just go to school?

  • Reply Double A Ron October 16, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    idk why but i find videos like these so interesting

  • Reply Lucas October 16, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    You got me hard at that Diff Eq Homework m8

  • Reply 1000 subscribers without a video challenge October 16, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Bro you have only two classes per day? I had to continously attend 7 classes every day for 6 days a week for the last 4 years. No wonder you can get things done and I cannot. Even assignments were painful. I only could sleep for 4-5 hours. ?

  • Reply HUSS3IN October 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Im 13 i want to be like you

  • Reply Henrik Hedberg October 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Swedish! ????

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    Wuaut me fascina, este es un verdadero blog. ?

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  • Reply TWWT 13 October 16, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    What is the camera that he is useing?

  • Reply Washington Mothapo October 16, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    oohh fancy

  • Reply Lel Xel October 17, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Poor this guy, he didn't have much time for playing as a teenagers. He must be jealousy at me!?

  • Reply Haruka October 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I wanna die

  • Reply Nathan Villalobos October 17, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Why are you not allowed to talk about working out

  • Reply their all the way October 17, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Didn’t go to college but making 235k a year as a real estate

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