A day in the life of a GSR at GPS

Take a tour of a day in the life of a current UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) student, Maya Reynolds. Here, we tag along with the 2017 Master International Affairs candidate, also a graduate student researcher (GSR), to piece together her typical day.


  1. For Reynolds, most days begin with a wakeup call from her cat, Master John, who she says requires a little extra attention before heading to school for the day.
  2. Taking in a beautiful view of Mission Bay along the way, it's only a 15-minute drive for Reynolds to get to campus from Pacific Beach.
  3. Once on campus, her first pitstop is to Peet's Cafe for a morning pick-me-up.
  4. Awake and ready to learn, Reynolds's first class is International Politics and Security with Professor Barbara Walter.
  5. Then, it's off to her favorite study spot on campus—her office at the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT)—to wrap up an assignment or two.
  6. Midday, Reynolds heads to the student lounge to grab a bite with friends as part of a free lunch put on by the student group Asameshikai of which she is a member.
  7. After lunch, it's back to the JFIT office to go over some materials she and a fellow JFIT GSR will present at a forthcoming conference put on by the research center.
  8. Making extracurriculars a priority, Reynolds next attends JFIT's weekly Japan Discussion Group 懇話会 meeting, which also serves as an opportunity to practice her Japanese language skills.
  9. Then, it's time to check off the last class of the day, Corporate Finance.
  10. Finally, she meets up with her husband at the campus gym for a game of racquetball to de-stress from her heavy student workload.
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  12. All the while, Master John is holding down the fort, passing the time sophisticatedly at Reynolds's desk—where she and her husband find him upon their arrival home.
  13. Read a Q&A with Reynolds to learn more about what attending GPS entails today.