A Day in the Life of Yours Truly <3


I wake up at 7 a.m. to the sound of my Harry Styles alarm yanking me from my slumber. I think to myself: “Riley, you have to go to school. You have flex.” In response to these thoughts, I agree: “I do have flex. I need to go to school. I must get up. I also have four classes and I will be in attendance.” So, I get up, and begin my day as Gold Team’s Producer.

I get ready for school like any other girl does: by sprinting around the house because I slept in too long while listening to Pitbull. Out the door at 7:20, with a pathetic lunch that I packed myself, I drive 20 minutes out of my way to get my coffee.

My Co-Producer Marysol holding one of my most elaborate posters. As Producer, I am held to an elevated standard. Photo by Riley Hawkins

Arriving at school, my job begins. Walking to class I pick up stray posters that I see laying limp on the cold hallway floors. I even pull some out of the trash cans because that level of artistic ability does not belong in the trash. To my own dismay, the posters I frequently find in the trash cans tend to be those of my own making. Nothing will put a dent in your ego more than finding your high class artwork crumbled up under an ungodly amount of Starbucks beverages; yet, I find the strength to go on.

My Gerber Baby art that I spent countless hours perfecting. Photo by Riley Hawkins

Once flex begins, so does my athletic activity for the day. Usually I speed walk around campus from our choral room to drama (which are so lovingly put on opposite sides of the universe) and then to the activities room for very important top secret meetings. If I can find the time, I’ll stop and sign some autographs and take pictures because as producer I am quite famous.

Some of my captains asked to take a picture with my famous self, and of course I obliged. Photo by Evelyn Le’Vecke

Then at lunch time I become Worm Police. Some of our Gold Publicity includes the yellows Worms on a String that are hanging in the bathrooms. Some people think they are free to take, but they are, in fact, not. So I must keep a watchful eye on the bathrooms to make sure none of our lovely worms are removed from taped locations.

A worm in a sea of red that I am sworn to protect. Photo by Kate Noden

After school, I journey to either home or work (at the Best Western Plus Park Place in and Mini-Suites in the gift shop) and plan and delegate in order for our show to run as smoothly as possible. Being Producer is a dream come true and I wouldn’t change a thing.