Once upon a time, there was a silly princess wannabe named Kate T. (aka me). I was in my senior year in high school when my fairy godmother appeared out of nowhere. I was scared and fainted, but as soon as I perked up, the fairy grandmother said she would grant me three wishes. Unfortunately, since the fairy godmother in training, only one of the wishes would be granted. I wished for “world peace, a lifetime supply of cookies, and a college that had an abundance of resources and great people”. The third wish was granted. So, at the end of the summer, princess wannabe Kate T. (me) wished goodbye to her parents and started her journey at Johns Hopkins. I wrote 20 blogs in my freshman year- read about my journey and click on the pictures to read the full blogs!
Click on this picture if you want to read my first blog post all about my first impressions of Hopkins, the differences between Homewood and home, and an amazing place to get FREE(!) books.
During my first few weeks, I met a lot of awesome people. I met people who live in the sepia color tone, BMEs who love theater, and a friend who explained the geography of Connecticut using a napkin and some ketchup.
Read this blog post if you want to learn about how and why I did pre-orientation, why it scared me, my experience with Tang, why I ended up loving it, and why every Hopkins student should do it.
Before I went to college, I met some crazy sky-divers and went on an exciting adventure in the woods. It was like Goldilocks minus the Wolf and add in an imaginary bear.
After a few weeks, I thought I may be able to meet a prince if I became a world famous fashion photographer. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills or pixels on her camera to become a famous photographer, but I found tons of fashionable Hopkins students (and some who just like to strut their stuff) along the way.
Click this picture if you want to read my blog with over 15 pictures of fashionable students spotted around campus!
I then got real serious about meeting a prince. I’m a college student, so I went to DC (au lieu de France) to find a French prince at the embassy and got in a bit of trouble along the way.
Click this blog post if you would like to read all about my adventure in DC (complete with a newfound love of falafel and a game of Where's Waldo).
Then, I decided to take time out my busy schedule to write a Public Service Announcement to help the seniors with their college applications- and even includes awkward high school pictures.
High school seniors are so adorable.
Click this picture if you want to read my blog post about the college application and ceramics- and why glazing is so fun.
After learning more about the French higher education system in my French class, I realized that Hopkins was definitely the school for me- even if there is a no Champs-Elysees or Eiffel Tower in Baltimore. Just a side note: JHU_Allysa found out that they are thinking of building a Eiffel Tower replica in the Inner Harbor!
Click here if you want to read about the things French universities don't have that Hopkins does.
Since I had talked about friends, camping, fashion, traveling, princes, ceramics, Baltimore, Beyond Baltimore, France, and food, I figured it was about time to talk about academics. In part one of this three part blog series, there is the adventure of registering for classes.
Click here if you want to learn about how to register and search for classes- along with Harry Potter's fave class.
In the second part of the three part blog series, I talk about her freshman fall semester classes and how taking classes at Hopkins can help me expand my formerly non-existent library.
Click here to find out why I know how to synthesize saccharin and other interesting facts I learned in my freshman fall courses. I also think it has the best title of any of my blogs.
Click this picture if you want to learn a little more about my intersession classes and goals.
Then, I stayed for intersession (a magical break between first and second semester) to read a 1000 page book, watch lots of TV, and hang out with friends.
Throughout Intersession, I explored Baltimore and became a transportation guru. Throughout the year, I traveled in planes, trains, automobiles, buses, light rails, subways, and even boats.
Click this blog post if you want to take a quiz to find out your ideal form of transportation and some insider's tips all about them.
Click on this picture if you want to read a post all about how to get to BWI, DC, New York, and Inner Harbor (where this picture was taken)!
Since my MRS degree wasn’t working out, I had to scale back on her budget. To save money, I decided to find the cheapest ways to get from point A to point B. I even include embarrassing anecdotes.
I then decided to go on a diet to avoid the Freshman 15 (Boring Outfits). I went on a style diet; I only wore JHU colors and clothes for two weeks.
Click on this blog post if you want to learn how I dressed JHU-style for 14 days- the challenges and the lessons learned.
Click here if you want to learn the 11 reasons why Hopkins is actually a training hub for spies. Wait, maybe you shouldn't read it...
Since I hadn’t been getting any nibbles on becoming a princess, I thought I might try out some career backup plans. I was totally over all the available princes. I then started looking into becoming a secret agent, but apparently Hopkins was ahead of me.
Confused by all the M, B, and Es? Click this blog post to see the differences between the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChemBE) and Biomedical Engineering (BME) and pick a side!
I had been getting pretty confident in my spy skills that I challenged JHU_Sydney to a duel of BME v. ChemBE. Well, technically it wasn’t a duel and Sydney and I are friends, so I guess it was more of a friendly debate.
I then tried the pirate career path and hid some treasure around the Hopkins for prospective students to find.
Click here if you want to see all the goodies that you can find when you visit Johns Hopkins.
Click here if you want to find out why Ron Danielss (né Daniels) quotes Meatloaf's "Two outta Three Ain't Bad"
I then tried the investigative reporter track and found out some interesting news about the name of the school.
Since I kept switching careers, I think the media started to pay attention. I then had a press conference. Somehow, they unearthed my cute little baby photos. I even met a prince, but he was a former one so it didn’t really count.
Click here if you want to learn more about me and my relationship with Johnny Hopkins (no, not like that...).
Click here if you want to learn the reasons to attend SO HOP, an overnight program in the spring for admitted students!
After that, I attended one of the coolest events of the season: SO HOP.
You know when I said I was over all the available princes. I lied. Sorry. To get over Prince William’s stupid wedding, I kept myself really busy eating and watching performances and analyzing French art.
Click this post to see some of the ways you can spend your weekends at Hopkins!
Click here to learn about what my friend from American University thinks of Hopkins and why I like having a friend at another university!
Finally, I share the spotlight with my friend from home to see what she thinks of my future kingdom.
Joking aside, it was a great year at Hopkins. I learned a lot, met a lot of amazing friends, and tried new things. I hope you enjoyed reading about my freshman year, but if you’ll excuse me I have a castle to build!
Subjects building my castle.
Just kidding! :) I’ll be back to tell you all about my summer in a few weeks!