The summer before my freshman year at Hopkins was filled with anxiety, excitement, nerves, excitement AND MORE EXCITEMENT. I was beyond ready to start this part of my life and I assumed that it would be a long time until I felt this strange mix of emotions again. I was completely wrong.
I am about to start my sophomore year and I have the exact same mindset this summer because despite my familiarity with the campus, my friends and the academic load, I know I still have so much more to learn.
Lately, I’ve been reminiscing about the beginning of freshman year: move in, orientation, college classes, meeting friends, everything! I remember the moment I moved in to my dorm so clearly.
This blog is for all you incoming freshmen who will be moving into the AMR’s, Wolman, McCoy, and the Buildings in just two months time.
Unlike most families pulling up in a car, my parents and I wheeled my nine suitcases (yes, nine. I was blissfully unaware that I didn’t need my whole closet) across the street from our hotel on move in day. Unfortunately it started raining precisely when we crossed the street onto campus and I arrived at my room to meet my roommate for the first time soaking wet in a dress and flats. My flatironed hair was now a curly, wet mess. My dad and I were hysterically laughing because right when we got to AMR 2 the rain stopped.
For those of you who don’t know, Hopkins has this incredibly convenient system so you don’t have to move a thing into your new living space. Current students volunteer to be Orientation Ambassadors to move all you incoming freshmen into your dorms so you don’t have to lift a finger and they make you feel so welcomed!
My friends and I are incredibly excited to be Orientation Ambassadors in the fall!
It will be so strange seeing new freshmen move into Baker House in AMR 2 because it truly became my home at Hopkins.
The excitement of starting sophomore year is just as, if not more exciting than starting freshman year. Hopkins really is my home and summer feels like a vacation rather than a return to my former home.
I suppose the point of college isn’t to figure out everything freshman year and then the next three years you just float in that familiarity. Every year I want to be challenged, I want to start over with the mentality that I am going to build on the foundation I have already created, that I am going to expand my community of friends as my skills as a learner grow and change with my experience.
To all you Class of 2016ers, I can’t wait to see you in the fall during move in!
Thanks for reading!
All my Hopkins Love,