A day in the life of an iSchool student


The day of an iSchool student is full of many activities. Students have to go through their commute, their school day, after school activities, their commute home and more, some of which not all students in NYC do.

Gian Paul Cadillo

The NYC iSchool is a school in lower Manhattan that is full of diversity and students from all over the city. Students from Queen, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan come together at the iSchool 5 days a week for a day full of learning!

Most iSchool students eat a healthy breakfast at home to begin his day. This is what most students around the city do, and it’s what makes them ready to learn.

Most students have to walk to their nearest train station or bus stop. I am in Sunnyside, Queens, and walking toward the nearest 7 train station to me. People all over Sunnyside take the 7 train toward Manhattan or Flushing.

Almost every student has to take a train to the iSchool. The 7 train brings thousands of students from Queens to Manhattan. This is the 46th Bliss street station in Queens in the morning.

Some students also take the bus to a train station or a location close to the iSchool, so they can walk there. Here I am waiting at the 33rd street LaGuardia bus stop; the Q60 and Q32 pass by this stop, and they also stop by E stop at Queens Plaza.

Most iSchool students and high school students around New York City have to make a transfer to a different train to get to the iSchool or near it. One of the closest trains that leave students near the iSchool is the C/E train on Spring Street.

Every student entering the NYC iSchool needs to swipe in using their id cards, which they get every year. If students swipe in after 8:59 A.M., they are considered late and aren’t allowed to go out for lunch.

A first period class for all students at the iSchool is their module on Thursday morning. Each module teaches students’ valuable real world lessons. This module is iNews, a module where students go through an intense 9 week journalism class. I am working on my issue 2 article here.

After their second period ends on Thursdays, students have lunch at 11:35 A.M. They are allowed to go out for lunch, or stay inside and have free school lunch. If students arrive late, they aren’t allowed to go out for lunch. In this photo, I’m eating school lunch inside with a snack from home.

Students now return to class after a 57 minute lunch, which is the same length as all their other classes. I am now going to his Global History class in room 514.

One component of the iSchool that many students appreciate is their independent work period. During this period, students work on any work they need or want to get done. During this independent work period, I’m working on my iLearn (English) homework.

After school ends, students can go and talk to their teachers. Here I am talking to Ms. Mangano in room 514 about edits that she made on my work. Ms. Mangano is an English teacher and the iNews teacher as well, her room number is 503.

Students once again have to take public transportation to get back home. Trains are usually packed due to rush hour, making the commute not something fun. Some students take the E-train uptown while others take it downtown; this is an uptown E train.

Before going home, some students may go to a library that is nearest to them; this is a Queens Public library in Sunnyside, Queens. Students may go to a library to find books to do reports on, do research or do homework.

Once students get home, some of them go straight to doing homework while others eat and then do homework. The iSchool doesn’t leave their students with hours of homework every night, but it may happen once in awhile. I’m doing my French homework through Rosetta Stone and have Google docs open on my tablet.

Students then get their bag ready for the next school day and enjoy the rest of their night. Some students like me may play videogames, while others may watch shows or videos. All iSchool students then have to go through the same routine 5 days a week, Monday through Friday.