Gavin Lin, Layout Editor
October 20, 2023
6:40 a.m. – Michael Timmins (Class I) wakes up.
7:15 a.m. – Timmins arrives at school in time for breakfast. Some days he arrives as early as 6:00 a.m. to get in a morning workout before hitting the Morrison Athletic Center (MAC) showers and walking up to breakfast in the Castle. Most days, Timmins grabs a plate of pancakes or French toast, paired with a side of bacon or tater tots. He also makes sure he arrives in time to order what he describes as a “fantastic” omelet from Jim, the omelet chef.
7:45 a.m. – Timmins meanders over to Lawrence Auditorium, where he listens to students and teachers present their announcements, stories, and performances. In fact, many of you might remember that Timmins performed an exquisite juggling routine to start the school year! After the day’s assembly, he explains his favorite part. “I really like[d] Jordan Julian’s guitar SZA performance. It was really nice,” he says. As a fellow musician, Timmins always enjoys listening to and supporting the performances of his classmates and peers.
8:30 a.m. – Timmins locks in and finishes his AP Physics homework in the library. He also meets with Mathematics Faculty Edward Harvey during his second morning free block.
10:40 a.m. – Timmins heads off to his first class of the day: AP Environmental Science. During the class, he listens intently to Ms. Harrison’s discussion of bird migration between climates.
11:50 a.m. – After Enviro, Timmins attends his favorite class: Creative Writing. During free writing, Timmins chooses to write about his love for his hometown, Somerville. Timmins also participates numerous times during the class, raising his hand and sharing his insights into the topics being discussed.
1:00 p.m. – Timmins goes to lunch, where he makes a delicious chicken ziti bowl. After cleaning up, he moves out to the Beach to play frisbee with some friends.
1:50 p.m. – Timmins confronts AP Physics, where he learns about cross products between vectors, an example being the best tilt for a solar panel to receive optimal sunlight. Before the end of class, Timmins spends 10-15 minutes reading his new Ernest Hemingway novel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. As an avid reader, Timmins says, “[Reading helps me clear the] headache from the problems.”
3:00 p.m. – Timmins moves into the large part of the library, where he meets up with friends and hangs out before going to practice. In the fall, you can expect to see Timmins running laps with the cross country team. In the winter, Timmins is likely in The Lister Crew Training Center, preparing for the spring rowing season. If it’s the spring, Timmins can be found rowing out on the water at the nearby Stoller Boathouse 10 minutes from Nobles.
5:00 p.m. – Timmins hops in his car to start the 40 minute journey home.
(Photo Credit: Avery Winder)
When I asked Timmins about advice he would share to anyone reading the article, Timmins said, “[Be sure] to express yourself.”
Something about Timmins that always shines through is his approachable and kindhearted personality. He can always find a way to strike up a conversation with just about anyone he comes across and has the ability to brighten someone’s day with a small gesture. Whether on or off campus, Timmins consistently presents his best self to all the communities with which he engages. Thank goodness for Michael Timmins.