I’m stranded here somewhere in northeast Philly because my train broke down, so I thought it would be a good time to catch up on some blogging and recap my freshman year at Hopkins.
Freshman year really was an incredible experience, and I don’t think it’s really going to hit me that it’s over until I move into a different dorm next year. I’ve been home for about a month already, which is impossible to believe, but I’m already missing my friends and Hopkins a lot. I’m sure I’ll be very ready to go back to school come August, but for now I love having no midterms, finals, or homework to worry about. Anyway, here’s a recap of my freshman year:
An Introductory blog about me, my classes, and my favorite things about Hopkins during the first month or so of school.
This blog entry explains all of the food options at Hopkins and how it is very possible to survive here without your parents’ cooking. I talk about the cafes, the overwhelming dessert options at the Fresh Food Café, the selection at Charles Street Market, and my cereal obsession. I also set a very ambitious goal for myself: “I’ve decided to switch from coffee to hot chocolate to avoid becoming a caffeine addict. We’ll see how that goes.” (In case you’re wondering, this lasted about two days.)
I never got terribly homesick in the fall because I only live two hours away from school, but right before Thanksgiving it started to hit me that I really wasn’t in high school anymore and Hopkins would be my life for the next four years. It sounds ridiculous that it took me three months to realize this, but when I finally did come to this realization it was a bit of a shocker that I’d be giving up some of my favorite aspects of home/high school life.
A Week with Wile E. Coyote
This entry is all about the Hopkins workload and goes into some detail about my experience in Expository Writing, a pretty popular freshman English option. My Expos class was all about analyzing comedy, and if you read this entry you can kind of get an idea of how I basically went crazy trying to write a paper on Wile E. Coyote. There’s no arguing that it was an awesome class though, and after this class ended I really missed watching cartoons to “gather evidence” for my papers.
Sick During Finals Week
I got sick/injured about a million times this year and had to go to the Student Health and Wellness Center, but this particular blog entry is about how Student Health and Wellness basically saved me when I had tonsillitis. Seriously, I owe them the biggest thank you in the world. They are fantastic, very nice, extremely patient, and they will always point you in the direction of another doctor if they can’t treat you right on campus. This pretty much sums up the blog: “even though it stinks to be sick when you’re at school, I would definitely say that there could be much worse places to get sick than Hopkins.”
Reading Period Procrastination
When we should have been studying for finals, for some reason we really felt the need to take a Christmas picture with Santa Claus. We even wore matching shirts to make two of our guy friends feel extra uncomfortable about it. Read this entry to find out how we managed to get our friends out of the library and how we got a picture with Santa without paying seventeen bucks.
Back in the 215
I really didn’t do anything productive over the holiday break before coming back to Hopkins for intersession, but I did get my picture with Benjamin Franklin! Read about my first time doing the tourist thing in Philly since our first grade field trip to Independence Mall.
Even though I love biology, having a double major in Spanish balances out my otherwise science-y course load and pretty much keeps me sane. Read all about being a Spanish major at Hopkins and some of the great classes and opportunities that the department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures offers!
Changes for the New Semester
After intersession, people began referring to fall semester as “last year” because spring semester was entirely different and felt like a whole new (really short) school year. This blog tells about some of the changes I was anticipating for the start of the spring semester, including going through rush, tour guiding, taking a really challenging Spanish class, and most importantly never attending an 8 AM class ever again.
Personal Training Certification
The Recreation Center at Hopkins offers a course covered by Hopkins tuition that prepares students to take the American Council on Exercise’s Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Exam. This course was a fantastic learning experience for me, and it was really interesting. Because of my research position next year, I’m not sure I want to look into getting a job as a personal trainer during the school year, but I don’t regret for a second taking the course. It was a really enjoyable part of the second semester.
Second semester was when I really started to branch out and find some spots around campus to eat, study, and hang out on weekends that weren’t just the FFC, the library, or the Beach. Even though Hopkins’s campus always has something going on, I love that a lot of students here are very familiar with some of the best places to go in the surrounding area, and hopefully by senior year I’ll be Baltimore savvy too. However, this blog entry tells about some of my current favorite places on and around the Hopkins campus.
Freshman Housing: Things to Consider
It’s no secret that I was absolutely AMR obsessed during this past year. I love that no matter what friends I made in other classes or activities at Hopkins, Wilson House was like my family, and I don’t know what it’s going to be like next year not seeing them all the time! This blog tells about how I was really close to choosing Wolman and having a completely different experience.
Hopkins Cribs: AMR 1, Wilson House, #114
And to continue the AMR obsession, here’s the cribs blog! Here I write more about Wilson House, freshman housing options, living in a double versus a single, and what to bring with you to college.
Questions from Admitted Students Day!
I had a lot of fun answering questions from admits at the open houses, and I used this blog entry to answer a few of the most popular questions in more detail. Students asked about everything from getting off campus to the workload to the sunglasses I was wearing that day.
Two More Weeks
The last few weeks of being at Hopkins were definitely bittersweet. This entry talks about what I thought Hopkins was going to be like versus what it actually turned out to be. It also talks a little about what I was looking forward to this summer.
Weeks One and Two at Home
Featured in this blog is a snapshot of my Sesame Street coloring book that I’ve been working on this summer – check it out! If you find yourself bored at home this summer I highly recommend investing in one. And if you really want to splurge you should go for the 24 pack of crayons. To read more about what I’ve been doing this summer, read this blog entry.
Hopkins and Hoagiefest
Read about how I managed to relate attending one of the country’s most prestigious universities to ordering lunch at my favorite gas station convenience store. (By the way I’m very sorry for anyone who’s never been to Wawa if you have no idea what I’m talking about in this blog entry.)
That pretty much sums up my freshman year! Check back later this month for another update on my summer.