One of my favorite parts of high school was Senior Superlatives, especially because my friend and I who were voted “Most Artistic” decided to take our newfound glory a little far (see: too far) and splatter-paint ourselves in the middle of the school day for our picture. In the same spirit, I thought I would finally announce my long-awaited Hopkins Superlatives. Seeing as I was the only one voting, it may be a little biased, but for all of you who are anxious to start your time at Hopkins, don’t worry — you’ll soon be able to formulate your own personal favorites that make Hopkins unique to you.
Best Dressed: Gilman Hall
The Gilman Atrium and Hut, or as I fondly refer to it, the “Hipster Library,” are without a doubt the best dressed spots on campus. Seeing as Gilman is the “home for humanities,” I must say that us humanitarians dress to impress. The extent to which people always seem so put together in their finest hipster apparel is actually quite laughable at times, and I’m unable to think of an occasion when I saw someone wearing sweatpants. So congratulations study-goers of Gilman — you always make the place so undeniably classy.
Most Likely to Change the World: JHU Tutorial Project
I did Tutorial Project first semester and it was great. I got to spend time with fellow SAABers JHU_Erica, JHU_Kevin, and JHU_Wafa, I worked with an awesome kid named Rickie, and I really got to see the impact that the whole group was having on the kids who we were tutoring. I would definitely encourage anyone to apply and get involved, and even though I had to give it up because of time conflicts, I think that it’s something that will continue to show how much Hopkins students care about the surrounding communities.
Most Changed: The Brody Learning Commons
From its beginnings as a meek and humble construction site in the beginning of the year, the BLC is shaping up to be an invaluable space on campus. The BLC is adjacent to the MSE Library and will offer additional space for study and research; even better, it’s planned to open before the start of the school year! From watching the construction occur throughout the school year, the Brody Learning Commons is definitely the most changed at Hopkins.
Most Likely to Brighten Your Day: Spring Fair
Not only does Spring Fair brighten up your day, but it makes your entire weekend a whirlwind of fun. My first Spring Fair was amazing; the food, music, and relaxed vibe all makes for a fun-filled change of pace. It’s hard not to be happy during Spring Fair weekend.
Most Spirited: The Nest
The Nest is the section at lacrosse games dedicated to the most-spirited student fans. It’s always fun to join a sea of light blue as you scream until you lose your voice while cheering for your school.
Worst Senioritis: The Baltimore crime stigma
I’m not sure whether I should attribute it to seniortis or (more accurately) to the fact that it’s simply over-hyped, but Baltimore’s stigma of being a dangerous place did not show up last year, and it’s not showing signs to come in the future. Hopkins’ security is crazy extensive, and I can truly say that I never once felt unsafe, including my way-post-midnight food runs and coming home from off-campus. (I mean what mom and dad? I’m always in bed by 8:30, don’t worry.)
Most Likely to Star in a Movie: Homewood Campus
If I ever felt the (unnecessary) urge to run from class to class, I would make sure to follow the footsteps of Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in the opening scene of The Social Network. I’ve never seen Harvard so I really can’t judge, but we must be doing something right if they decided to film on our campus. In the film crew’s defense, you can’t beat red brick and marble.
Most Likely to Succeed: Program in Museums & Society
I don’t think I’ll ever get over my love of my minor in Museums and Society. The minor is pretty new -- it was first offered in 2007 -- but they’ve already contributed so much to Hopkins. As one of the most interdisciplinary programs, Museums and Society has offered courses that range from curating a print exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art to exhibiting scientific discoveries to an Intersession class abroad in France looking at the role of museums in Paris. I would without-a-doubt recommend signing up for one of the classes they offer, because they only continue to get better.
Class Clown(s): My friends
This superlative definitely goes out to my amazing friends who enjoy doing the same crazy things that I do…
Well, the superlatives are out and the suspense is over. Well, there’s still some suspense, as I’m sure the incoming freshmen are eager to start their own memories at Hopkins. Don’t be fooled though: we returning students are just as excited to get back to our school. Until then, continue making the most out of your summers and I’ll be back soon with my last post before the beginning of the school year!