It is with mixed emotions that I announce that this will be my last post on the Class of 2014 shared blog, and my first post in my new Jay Talking blog. On one hand, I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to my freshman experience. The past twelve months have held some of the most incredible times of my life, and part of me is a little envious of the incoming Class of 2015 and the amazing journey that is in store for them. But my excitement for sophomore year trumps any nostalgia I might be feeling, because I have so much to look forward to in the ensuing months. I am dedicating this post to a preview to some of the topics I will be covering this upcoming year in “Jay Talking,” and I hope you come along for the ride.
Classes. Being the total nerd that I am, I can freely admit that I am itching to get back in the classroom after three months of vacation. I am particularly excited for next semester, because I have the perfect set of classes lined up. I am taking Introduction to the European Union, Ancient Egyptian Civilizations, Oceans + Atmospheres, Undergraduate Seminar in History and The Victorians.
Now if you are like my best friend (and Biology major) Amanda, this schedule might make you groan. But if you are a humanities student like me, you might find this array of classes as electrifying as I do. One of my favorite aspects of Hopkins is the wide variety of available courses – something you can see for yourself if you take a quick look at our course catalogue. It is incredible to me that Hopkins is able to provide an extensive enough selection of courses to meet all the needs of its diverse academic population.
Charles Commons. Having lived in Wolman my freshman year, I am making a short move down North Charles Street to a sophomore dorm Charles Commons where I will be living in a double with Amanda. Charles Commons is absolutely beautiful – it’s the newest dorm on campus, and everyone in the dorm gets their very own room in a suite. Amanda and I also have a kitchen which means that I will be forced to don a chef’s hat several times a week… we will see how that goes! My other closest friends live only a floor away so I am eagerly anticipating all the good times we will be having in our new dorm.
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. If you have been following my previous blog entries, you might know that upon my acceptance to Hopkins I was also given the Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship. The program is unique to Hopkins and provides undergraduates with funding for independent research in the subject of their choosing. I am in the planning stages of my project centered around media coverage of the 2012 Olympics in London, England. I am going to research the US Olympic Committee’s use of broadcasting during the games next summer, and analyze the success of these efforts. This upcoming year I will be working on organizing the details of my project, and planning my trip to the 2012 Olympics. Needless to say I am a little excited.
Alpha Phi. Sophomore year will be my first full year as a sister in Alpha Phi and I am so excited to become more involved in my sorority. My friends and family from home still find it hilarious that I ended up joining, because I was positive I would not go Greek prior to coming to Hopkins. Once I got to campus however, I found out that that I harbored many misconceptions about what Greek life is like, especially at Hopkins. I met several amazing Alpha Phis and knew that it was an organization I wanted to be a part of. Some Alpha Phi events I am particularly excited about are our Casino Night, Greek Weekend, date parties and formals.
Study Abroad. I am planning on studying abroad for a semester in the fall of my junior year, which means that I have to start planning for my trip well in advance. I had such an incredible time studying abroad over Intersession in Spain last semester that I can hardly wait to go overseas again. I have an appointment with the Study Abroad Office scheduled for next week when I get back to campus to discuss what programs I will be applying for, but I am hoping to go to Oxford University!
With so much going on in the upcoming year, move-in day next Sunday can hardly come soon enough. Remember to stay tuned to Jay Talking as I write about all my new adventures as a sophomore!