Prioritizing, Strategizing, & Dealing with Stress

College can be just a tad stressful at times. As an avid Hopkins Interactive blog reader (as I’m sure you all are!), you probably get a sense of how involved students can be. In all honesty, it’s hard to find a friend or student that’s not involved in at least 2 things outside of class. Combine these extracurriculars with a desire to do well in classes, and (big surprise) you end up with a lot of stressed out students!

While I am no exception to this generalization, I’ve found that a few useful tricks have kept me from going completely crazy (for the most part, I think that my friends might argue otherwise!)

-Prioritize. I love writing out everything that I have to accomplish for the day. What do I love even more? Checking off everything on my list! Prioritizing can be done with your assignments in terms of deadlines, but it’s also extremely useful in prioritizing all aspects of your life. Since you’re likely to be at least a tad overwhelmed in that you probably can’t complete every single task for the day, it’s important to rank all of your activities in order of importance for you. Here’s a look at how I’ve spent my time over the past 2 years at Hopkins…As you can see, the sleep priority has definitely taken a hit over the past year!

-Utilize every moment that you have. This is also where prioritizing comes in since you’ll want to know exactly what to work on first! For me, I like to multi-task when at all possible. Although slightly embarrassing, painting my nails while listening to biology lecture podcasts, reviewing my notes for my 9am class while curling/straightening my hair every morning, and sometimes bringing orgo reaction mechanism sheets to the gym are some of my weirdest habits. If multi-tasking isn’t your thing, you can still make the most of your time by setting time limits on the amount of daily unproductive activities. In my case, my biggest, most unproductive activity is definitely watching the cheesiest show on television- the bachelor! To make the most of my time, I try to limit myself to watching the show only when I’ve accomplished something awesome- like going to office hours, or taking a big test, or finishing all of my homework for the week.

-Plan ahead. Being involved in a bunch of extracurriculars is super fun and rewarding, but an extracurricular can easily fall by the wayside if you simply do not have any more time to devote. The last thing that you want to do is sacrifice your grades for an extracurricular or two, and that’s where planning comes in. Everyone’s different, but in my opinion, planners and wall calendars are the way to go in terms of scheduling out future events.Participating in recruitment week for Phi Mu was a great way to test my planning skills since the time commitment really escalated so quickly! While I still felt a bit overwhelmed, doing the majority of my assignments ahead of time allowed for me to devote enough time to Phi Mu! I even scheduled out enough time to make the recruitment video -- check it out!

Phi Mu Recruitment!

-Keep your life relatively in order. Maybe it’s just me, but I truly cannot function in a messy room. Cleaning and organizing (especially your school papers and books) can save you a lot of time in the long run since you’ll be able to find things easily (and not become frustrated instead). 

-Stay inspired, stay positive. It’s easy to fall into the habit of being hard on yourself, especially if you have high expectations and goals for yourself. You work so hard, but it isn’t good enough! Sound familiar? I don’t know about you, but in my case, negativity doesn’t get me anywhere. Luckily, I’ve found some pretty inspiring mentors, ranging from my trusty pre-med advisor to my wonderful and truly inspiring mentor at the JHU medical school. Whenever I meet with these two women, I feel recharged with renewed motivation, and I know that everything will be worth it in the end. Along with mentors and helpful advisors, I think it’s important to surround yourself with positive and supportive friends. In my case, I’m extremely fortunate to have 2 rocks- my best friend Kaitlin and my boyfriend Virgil. I do not know where I would be without these two, and I truly appreciate them dealing with my usual stressed out state!

That’s all for now! Have a stress-free day :)

Kaitlyn

Post Pre-Orientation

Appalachian backpacking uno; best preo ever!

I cannot help it: I call them babies. Though most of them are only a year younger than me, the new freshman class has swarmed the campus with positivity, orientation commitments, and lanyards around their necks. And some of them are lucky (or unlucky…) to be my friends specifically, as we just finished a week in the woods and are bonded like superglue. And perhaps I call them babies because I just finished 11 months of being a baby myself, and I am full of enthusiasm for these kids and the great year they have to expect.

My freshman year was wonderful and unexpected in every way, and it is strange to think that 365 days ago I was just becoming friends with the girls I now live with. While last year we were asking each other questions like where are you from? and what’s your major?, this year we attempt to schedule Target runs and spend hours in our common room goofing off and reminiscing about all the crazy things that have happened. The transition is unbelievable. And while it produces some nostalgia to think that my time as a freshman is over, I am mostly looking forward to the next three years and the growth of these friendships that literally get me up in the morning.

Some of the multi5 fam

Pre-orientation last August was where I met many of my best friends (Multi 5 lives on!), so leading a trip this year provided an entirely new perspective. I remember the anxieties and tensions that come along with being a freshman, so watching my group develop into a tight knit circle of buds was awesome to see. Not to mention that backpacking is one of the coolest and most intense things you can do, and though poison ivy got the best of me this time, I wouldn’t have changed a thing about the trip.

So now, wrapping up my year of blogging for the Class of 2015 freshmen page, I struggle to find any meaningful way to end it. If this summer taught me one thing, it is that there is more meaning in the journey than in the destination. I am so fortunate to be attending this university, living in this beautiful building (Charles Commons!) with these beautiful people, and even having the opportunity to continue chronicling my adventures in my own sophomore blog starting this fall. Hopkins has provided me with more lessons and experiences than I ever could have imagined last year, and one piece of advice for the babies? Hold onto your hats; your next 11 months will be quite unexpected, but in the end, your freshman year will truly be a wonderful thing.

 

Whitewater Kayaking

This past weekend, I had the chance to go whitewater kayaking with Johns Hopkins Outdoor Pursuits. The trip cost me only $10 which is really cheap and probably didn’t even cover the amount of gasoline needed to transport me and my kayak. Needless to say, it was a really great experience.

I actually went on the trip not knowing anyone else in my group besides one of the excellent leaders, and the trip proved a great way to meet new people from many different grades. We were actually an excellent sample of all the different Hopkins departments and interests– freshman, sophomores, seniors and graduate students majoring in arts and science as well as engineering.

One of the calmer stretches we kayaked. This is actually Burnside's Bridge, a site of very heavy combat during the civil war.

 

The trip left relatively early, at about 730 am, and returned to campus about 10 hours later. It truly was a perfect day for me because I had a blast on the trip, and was back on campus in time to attend the JHU_Sirens a-capella concert and get some work done before going out to a party.

Washing off the kayaks post-trip!

We actually went kayaking in Western Maryland, outside Boonsboro in a waterway known as Antietam Creek. Along the creek is actually where the bloodiest battle of all time in America was fought, so we passed numerous historical landmarks of the civil war. Attending two sessions in the pool where we learned how to roll the kayaks (basically how to survive and not drown when you get flipped upsidedown) proved to be quite useful when many of us flipped over in the more turbulent rapids.

That didn’t matter, however, because we were all wearing wetsuits and lots of protective gear to ensure we stay both comfortable and safe. I would definitely recommend going on an OP trip, regardless of whether or not you are a full-time student at Johns Hopkins or not.

Kayaking is great!!!

A Day in the Life with JHU_Kaitlyn- Second Semester Edition!

College is great because there really isn’t a typical day. Every day is completely what you make of it, which is why I decided to microblog again! Hope you enjoy my typical Thursday!

7am Wake up! Thursdays are my early-bird days! After checking the weather, I quickly get dressed and ready in my “business casual” look for the morning to come!

It's going to be a beautiful day!

7:30am FFC Breakfast.Usually, I skip breakfast as my usual wake up time is around 10am, but Thursdays I definitely try to grab a bite to eat so I don’t die of hunger over the course of the morning. Plus, the chocolate muffins are worth waking up for! It’s also nice to get to the FFC early because there are literally no students up at this hour (besides the ROTC kids that have training at 5am most mornings).

Outside FFC at 7:30am!

7:55am Take JHMI to Clinic.This is always an interesting experience! The JHMI is free for Hopkins students to use and is almost always on time. Usually the bus is filled with adults commuting to work and a few students heading down to the medical campus, so I definitely feel safe using the public transportation. Here’s a link to the shuttle’s schedule and route map. It can literally take you anywhere if you map out a JHMI link to the Charm City Circulator (Baltimore’s free shuttle).

On my way to the JHMI stop- it's only a block away from campus!

8:15-10:07am Volunteer at Clinic. Fortunately, this semester I had the opportunity to become more involved with Salud, a group on campus dedicated to aiding the hispanic population in Baltimore with healthcare. I volunteer at the Baltimore City Health Clinic that screens for STD’s, so I translate for doctors and their hispanic patients. Today I mostly helped out with registering patients, filing records, and answering phones. I also translated for three different patients when they were filling out paperwork. Volunteering at the clinic is really a nice break from campus in that I get to see the real world once a week. It definitely helps put things into perspective, and I feel great about helping out the hard-working nurses and administrators at the clinic!

The Baltimore City Health Department Clinic

Salud is an on-campus group dedicated to helping the latino hispanic population with healthcare

10:09am Take JHMI back to Campus. This is always somewhat stressful as I want to get back to campus on time for class!

10:32am Run to Physics! The bus took a little longer today, forcing me to attempt to casually run across campus. Luckily, most people were in class by this time so I don’t think that I made a complete spectacle!  On a side note, there were already a few students sunbathing and relaxing on the beach when I ran by. I love springtime in Baltimore!

10:35am Arrive late to Physics II (eng) Class- Luckily I didn’t miss the CPS question! At Hopkins, a lot of the science classes (like chemistry, chemistry lab, biology, and physics) will have “clicker” questions in which we answer an in-class question through these remote “clickers” that record our answer. This is the professors’ way of taking attendance and it factors into your grade, so it’s super important to go to all of your classes! Today in physics, JHU_Nick and I learned about DC circuits. No matter what we’re studying, it’s pretty much always entertaining due to the uncontainable enthusiasm our professor has for physics!

Professor Broholm, our physics professor!

11:47am Go back to dorm. Unfortunately, I’m running a bit behind in that I haven’t finished my Differential Equations problem set for tomorrow! The dorm is usually pretty quiet around this time, so I’m able to crank out a few Laplace transformations before my next class.

1:30pm Physics lab with Macie, Stephen, and Logan. Are self-proclaimed “physics posse”, we all live on the third floor of AMR II and, and we’re all in physics together! Today are lab involved a circuit board in which we were measuring the current and voltage of different resistors. The goal of the lab was to prove Kirchhoff’s laws and Ohm’s law. We were also supposed to determine whether a light bulb followed Ohm’s law (we basically learned how light bulbs worked- whether with resistors in series or resistors in parallel). The lab actually turned out to be pretty fun until one lab group didn’t set up the in series resistors and current readings correctly. This resulted in a blown fuse and an unpleasant a burning smell! Overall, it was a pretty eventful lab!

Our circuit board when the resistors were in series.

Our physics TA, Can You (or as she likes to be called, Candice), showing us how to set up the lab!

4:20pm Get out of physics lab. The best thing about physics lab is definitely the lack of homework. Unlike other labs in which you’re required to write up lab reports over the weekend, in physics lab, you simply type up the lab report in class.

4:30-5:30pm Catch the second half of tennis practice. I love playing a DIII sport because I know that no matter what, academics come first. At Hopkins, the coaches understand when you have to take a lab or a class that conflicts with practice because they know that you value your GPA and academics over your sport.  This being said, practice was a lot of fun today! Again, the weather is awesome!!

6pm Chipotle Dinner. After practice, Kaitlin and I make a stop off at Chipotle to grab dinner. I have to say, being away from Texas has me really missing my tex-mex. While Chipotle certainly isn’t tex-mex, it’s still amazing in its own way, and it’s also a great break from the usual FFC dinner.

I love Chipotle!!!

6:45pm Go back to room to finish my math set and get some laundry done. All freshmen are required to be out of the dorms by 6pm tomorrow (because our Spring Break is next week!), so I really need to start packing!

10:00pm Finished math set, packing, and laundry. Now it’s time for a shower! Because I live in the AMR’s, our showers are communal, but I have to say that I really like the bathrooms! The custodial staff cleans the bathrooms at least twice a day if not more. Plus, I’ve never had to wait for a shower as there’s always one available!

10:30pm Go out! Because it’s the last night before spring break, a lot of students are going out (“going out” meaning going to some of the frats, parties in upperclassmen dorms, or to the local bars- PJ’s and Maxi’s). In college you quickly learn that Thursday night definitely considered part of the weekend!

That’s all for now! Hope you guys enjoyed my day as much as I did!

All the Best,

Kaitlyn

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Leading my first trip!

The sculpture garden at 7 (I mean 6!) AM

It was a strange sensation to walk across the Homewood campus at 7 AM on a Sunday morning. Despite the fact that daylight savings time occurred the night prior so it actually felt like 6 AM, I was able to enjoy the sounds of birds chirping in the trees (did you even know birds existed in Baltimore city?!) and the cool morning air. As I traversed the path through the sculpture garden by the Rec Center with a cup of hot coffee in my hand, I reminded myself why I was up so early… the answer? It was my first time ever leading a trip as an Outdoor Pursuits (OP) instructor!

I decided to join OP after my  terrific experience on a pre-orientation trip I went on this past August. I’ve mentioned this trip before in my blogs, but to recap: great friends (still best friends with them today), great outdoors activities, and an overall fantastic time. I decided to apply as a hiking leader in October and was thrilled to be accepted. However, I had to get my WFR training, be van-certified, and attend other training sessions to be a leader. Though it may seem like a lot of training, it has all been extremely worth it.

Though the process officially started in October, I just led my first trip this past Sunday. I had many apprehensions before this first trip: would I avoid crashing the van? (that was the big one…) Would I connect with my participants? Would my co-leader think I was doing at least an okay job? It turns out all of these things worked out, and I had an amazing time!

A map of the Billy Goat Trail

For our trip, we went to the Billy Goat Trail in Western Maryland. We had a full group: seven participants and two leaders. In the beginning it took everyone some time to warm up to each other, but by the time we reached the actual trail (you walk along the C&O canal for a while before reaching Billy Goat) our group had meshed. I should also mention that this wasn’t exactly a hiking trip; a more appropriate name would have been rock scrambling. We lunged and climbed over rocks the size of small houses and definitely got in our work outs for the day!

I wasn’t sure what types of people would sign up for our trip, but I was pleasantly surprised to have meaningful conversations with every participant. I had the opportunity to talk to four graduate students who work in a lab specializing in breast cancer research, and we discussed everything from growing up in the middle East to the current obesity epidemic in the US. I also got to know two cool freshmen who live in the AMRs, and met a sophomore who has gone on every one of OP’s hiking and canoeing trips. Through these conversations, I walked away from the trip learning more than I expected.

Maybe that fact is why OP is worth the extensive training and early mornings: you have the opportunity to meet members of the Hopkins community you would have never seen before and learn from them, whether you are a participant or a leader. If you are considering coming to Hopkins and are looking for ways to get involved, Outdoor Pursuits is a great way to make friends and broaden your horizons. Even if you don’t want to lead, I suggest trying your hand at spelunking (otherwise know as caving…) or white water kayaking and maybe discovering a passion. After all, what’s there to lose?

I’ll leave you with the OP website (http://web.jhu.edu/recreation/experiential_ed/outdoor_pursuits/) and some more pictures from my trip on Sunday. If you still aren’t convinced to try a trip, just look at this gorgeous scenery! :)

A beach we found on our "scramble"

 

Path along the C&O Canal

 

A canal boat! (minus the canal...)

 

Calmer water right before some crazy rapids

 

 

 

Highlights of 2012 at JHU so far

Even though it is only March and we have been in classes for a mere 6 weeks or so (which unfortunately means it’s midterm time), my spring semester has already had some pretty great moments. Here are some random highlights of my semester so far:

 

Ice Skating 

The residential advisory board of Hopkins organized a trip for students to go ice skating in the Inner Harbor. We rented out the entire ice rink for our school. It was a blast to have all of my friends and fellow students there. As anyone would anticipate, there were plenty of crazy moments throughout the night on the ice.

My friends, immediately after crashing into each other

Ice skating champs

 

Studying Outside

As spring has begun to peek its head around the corner, the weather has gotten considerably nicer. This means that many more students can study outside and play on the quads. JHU_Erica and I took advantage of this and went to study in one of my favorite places on campus (near Wyman Park).

Best campus ever!

 

Sunsets over campus

No need to really explain this one.

Last week in front of Mason Hall

 

Taken 3 weeks ago

 

Stargazing through a high-power space telescope

Every Friday evening, if weather conditions permit, the observatory on top of the Bloomberg physics building is open to the public. My mom, who came to visit me all the way from Italy, and I got to gaze through a telescope that is probably worth several million dollars at the stars, the moon, various nebulas and galaxies further away than any distance our minds could even begin to fathom.

The Maryland Space Grant Observatory is actually right on top of our very own physics building

 

Animal Therapy

It is midterm period and thus a time when many students are stressed out. To help relax students during this challenging time (trust me, it has been a very difficult week), one of the on-campus organizations had the animal shelters bring puppies and kittens from an animal shelter.

Puppies at Hopkins!

 

Becoming a Tour Guide

Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of tours that I have given so far, but I am now a full-time tour guide! Meeting with prospective parents and students has been quite fun. If you have a chance to visit Hopkins, you should come to my tour on Fridays at 2!

 

Secret Week

JHU_Sydney was my big in our secret underground coed nerd fraternity.  She had been serenading me all week, so it came as no surprise to me that she was my big all along.

Also, we are the only members.

Sydney was not happy when she found out I was her little...

Future Blue Jays

Since arriving on campus seven months ago, Hopkins has become my home. I have made incredible memories, met wonderful friends, and learned so much since August and now more than ever I am certain Hopkins was the right choice for me. Upon visiting Hopkins for the first time in April of last year, I met  so many current students, admitted students, and staff members that made me realize Hopkins was perfect for me. I’m so thankful to have met them and now that I’m a student here, I’ve gotten involved in three extra curriculars that allow me to give back to prospective students in the same way others did for me.

SAAB (Student Admissions Advisory Board):

Colloquially known as SAAB around campus, the Student Admissions Advisory Board is the group of students that runs the Hopkins Interactive site among other social media outlets for the university. I love being a part of such a diverse group that loves Hopkins just as much as I do. One of our ongoing projects from December through the summer is managing the Class of 2016 Facebook group, answering any questions the incoming class may have. We’ve talked about everything from dorms and dining to Baltimore and beyond. It’s fun interacting with the incoming class because chances are I’ll meet a lot of them next year!

SAAB Freshmen!

Blue Key Society Tour Guide:

I became a tour guide fairly recently and it has been amazing so far! For a lot of prospective or admitted students, the only interaction they have with the university is a one hour tour. Knowing that I might be the deciding factor between a student applying here or not is nerve-racking, but I love talking about my Hopkins experience with students and parents. My training for Blue Key started with a manual and a few meetings with current tour guides and the Executive staff. The manual is packed with information about Hopkins, including some awesome fun facts.

Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Johns Hopkins University took the first color photograph of the whole earth from space!

2. The film and Broadway production Hairspray is set in Hampden, which is just a five minute walk from campus! It’s often referred to as Hopkins’ backyard.

Hampden!

3. The Hopkins Medical Facility introduced the use of rubber gloves during surgery in 1889. You think that one would be a no-brainer…

4. The university is currently working on the Da Vinci Machine, which will allow doctors to perform surgery from a remote location. The Da Vinci Machine has bee featured on Grey’s Anatomy and House!

The Da Vinci Machine!

5. Some awesome speakers that have participated in two student-run symposiums include: Nelson Mandela, Eminem, Hillary Clinton, the cast of ER, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Will Ferrell.

6. There is an archaelogical museum in the basement of Gilman Hall that has its own mummy collection!

7. Chemistry Professor Remsen discovered saccharin (artificial sugar) in 1878. The chemistry building where he made the discovery is now named after him.

8. The Hopkins Lacrosse team was twice sent to the Olympics to represent the United States. Both times the team received gold medals!

Olympic LAX team in 1928

9. The Johns Hopkins University Press is the oldest continuously operating university press in the country.

10. Students in the Outdoor Pursuits Club have rappelled from Gilman 500 (the room just below the clock tower) down the front of the building!

Gilman Hall!

Hopkins Hosting Society:

As a member of the Hopkins Hosting Society, I help plan the spring open house events by recruiting current students to host admitted students overnight. SOHOP is essentially an opportunity to learn about Hopkins, spend time with a current student, and see what campus life is like. It was an incredible experience for me and I’m still friends with people I met at SOHOP last year, including my host Colleen (who is now a sophomore), friend Alison, and friend John (who ended up being my next door neighbor in AMR II)!

 

My first time visiting campus for SOHOP!

So whether you’re visiting Hopkins for an hour, staying for a weekend, or attending SOHOP, I hope Hopkins treats you well because it sure is a wonderful place to be. And to all you future blue jays, congrats on choosing Hopkins! I’m sure you’ll love it here as much as I do.

All my Hopkins Love,

Erica

Chairing Hopkins Model United Nations: An Unforgettable Experience

It’s hard to believe how much four days of fun can completely offset your regular routine.

Last week, for the first time, I got a chance to Chair a Model United Nations conference- an honor for me seeing as I am still a freshman. The Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference (JHUMUNC) draws around 1,600 high schoolers from all around the U.S. and the globe annually, including schools from nations like Sri Lanka and Kuwait. It was, to say the least, some of the best fun I have had in a while. The JHUMUNC organization actually put me and 150 other motivated Hopkins students up for free for 4 days in a beautiful, 4 star hotel in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore where the conference was being held. From the most intellectual of debates between opposing countries to the lower-brow delegate pick-up lines (I suggest googling them, some are too crude to include here), Model UN really does have a lot to offer to every student.

The UNDP Logo

I had been involved in Model UN in high school, but no conferences I attended were quite as big as JHUMUNC. For those of you who are not familiar with what the UN is all about, it is a place for every nation in the world to get together and solve contemporary global issues cooperatively. The most pressing issues include poverty and famine, human rights and development in general. The UN is divided into many different committees, each of which is ‘headed’ by a chair who controls the debate.

A view of our hotel which we almost entirely rented out, The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

At JHUMUNC, I was the chair of a committee in the Economic and Social Council known as the United Nations Development Programme, the UNDP. My committee had approximately 120 high school ‘delegates’ in it, each representing a different nation around the world.

During the course of the 4 days, we debated solutions to two pressing world issues in my committee:

  1. The economics of poverty
  2. The issue of gender equality and women’s empowerment
In the evening, delegates got the chance to relax and explore the inner harbor a little. They also were offered a wide array of entertainment activities including performances from some of Hopkins’ most talented a-capella groups and the coveted delegate dance.

The Staff Operations Room continues working well past 2am every night!

The staff evenings, however, were quite different to those of the delegates. We were required to run ‘security’ in the hotel, ensuring visiting students not rack up noise complaints from the other patrons staying in the hotel. This proved to be quite fun and patrolling the halls after delegate curfew always was amusing.

Some of my delegates and I after the last committee session!

The last great element about it was getting to meet some interesting, motivated high school students from all around the US. They were all eager to get to know me (cue the crude jokes) and it was nice to see how motivated they were for something that was an elective.
On the last day of committee session, my delegates wrote me a love poem in the form of a resolution and asked me to read it out loud. When I first started reading it, it followed the correct formatting of a real UN resolution so I had no reason to suspect that it was going to be a love poem… Little did I know.

How the vote tallies for real UN resolutions are displayed. This one specifically is the recent UN resolution to help resolve the situation in Syria.

For those of you who do not know, UN resolutions follow a very particular format; they are actually only a single sentence long (even though they can be multiple pages) and have key words each line has to start with.
Here is me reading out the ‘love resolution’ the delegates of Cyprus and Croatia wrote me:

Even if politics is not likely to be the field that you will enter as a career (as is the case for me), I highly recommend experiencing Model UN- you learn to think like a global citizen while simultaneously meeting new, interesting friends from backgrounds very different from your own.

The Twelve Days of JHU Sororities!

It’s been two weeks since I last posted, but I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime! I went through sorority recruitment, attended a ton of late night tennis practices to gear up for the season, added over 100 new girls on Facebook, learned how to make oreo balls,  and pulled my first all nighter at the library! Everyone said that second semester would be busy, but they really weren’t kidding!

So maybe I’ve been around girls for too long, or maybe I’ve spent too many late nights in the library, but lately I feel like songs have taken over my life. So without further adieu, here is “The Twelve Days of JHU Sororities”…Enjoy!

On the first day of Panhellenic Recruitment

The four sororities (Phi Mu, Alpha Phi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi) gave to me-

A glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

{aka Ice Water Round}

On the second day of Panhellenic Recruitment

The PanHellenic council gave to me-

A day off to work on my expository writing paper (analyzing Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter”),

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the third day of Panhellenic Recruitment

Three sororities (Phi Mu, Alpha Phi, and Kappa Kappa Gamma) gave to me-

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes, {aka Theme Round}

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

 On the fourth day of Panhellenic Recruitment

The Panhellenic council gave to me,

A Tuesday to relax and complete my physics problem set,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the fifth day of Panhellenic Recruitment

Two sororities (Phi Mu and Alpha Phi) gave to me-

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories, {aka Preference Round}

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

Macie and I on Pref Night!

On the sixth day of Panhellenic Recruitment

One sorority gave to me-

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the seventh day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and delicious home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

Sister Dinner!

On the eighth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my formal chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the ninth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the tenth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A huge pamphlet full of sister profiles and their phi mu families,

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

On the eleventh day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A “sisters lunch” at Levering to bond with all the new “phi’s” and sophomores,

A huge pamphlet full of sister profiles and their phi mu families,

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

ΦM!

On the twelth day of JHU Sororities

Phi Mu gave to me-

A super fun date party downtown at “The Get Down” ,{sororities usually have three formal date parties per semester}

A “sisters lunch” at Levering to bond with all the new “phi’s” and sophomores,

A huge pamphlet full of sister profiles and their phi mu families,

A Sunday meeting to meet our new pledge class (all 48 of us!),

A day off to recover from the busy week to work on my chemistry lab report,

A “Sisters Dinner” with Phi Mu gear and amazing home-made pasta,

AN INVITATION TO THE BEST SORORITY- PHI MU!

An amazing, fun-filled night full of ceremonies and memories,

A snazzy poem about philanthropy, a slideshow about heart disease, secret garden flower cupcakes,

A day off to work on my expository writing paper,

And a glass of water and a ton of girls to meet and see!

Me, JHU_Lucie, and JHU_Noah at the Date Party!

Hope that this gave you a better picture of sorority recruitment! In all seriousness, Greek life at Hopkins has already affected my life here in so many different ways. I think that I’m most thankful to be involved in sorority life here at Hopkins due to the caliber of the girls involved. Not only are they funny, beautiful, and friendly, but they’re also extremely smart, wise girls that I can look up to at Hopkins. As for this song, I promise I’m not crazy, but I do think I’ve had a little too much girl time and not enough sleep time. Tune in next time!

All the Best,

Kaitlyn

Motion to Hold a Dance Party: Tales from JHUMUNC

I’ve just spent the entire weekend running on seven hours of sleep, spent $25 on coffee, and watched Israel and the Vatican argue about witchcraft.  What madness have JHU_Ian and I gotten ourselves into now?  JHUMUNC!

Closing ceremonies for the conference.

JHUMUNC is a student group whose sole purpose is to put on a Model United Nations conference for high school students around the world.  The group rents out an entire hotel in the Inner Harbor and creates special committees to focus debate on certain issues, just like the real United Nations.  Some of these committees, like the Human Rights Council, exist in the real United Nations, but JHUMUNC mixes things up a bit by having a bunch of interesting committees that aren’t currently part of the United Nations, like a Soviet Bloc committee during the Cold War, a committee based on the Roman Senate, and a committee based on the Peloponesian War.

Kithmina in the role of a lifetime.

We also had a lot of fun making current United Nations committees, such as the International Criminal Court, relevent to high school delegates during the conference.  The ICC in our conference posthumously tried ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by having Hopkins students act out parts as witnesses in a trial, with one of my debate partners, Kithmina, testifying as Gaddafi himself.

One of the coolest parts about the conference was meeting all the delegates.  My high school didn’t have a Model United Nations team, but I wish it did because it would have allowed me to meet people as cool as this sooner!  My committee was focused on human rights challenges that could exist in the year 2030, and we focused on two specific topics: the effect of genetic alteration of humans on human rights, and the effect of climate change on human rights.  Our delegates all represented a different country, and while Israel and the Holy See hotly debated religious issues when it came to altering the human genome, the delegation from Ecuador ultimately won an award for her performance during the committee sessions.  Some of the delegates even brought the people running the conference presents, like a school from Qatar that gave one of the heads of my committee a Middle Eastern comic book that can be summed up as a sort of Arabic X-Men comic teaching toleration.  It’s even received a shout-out from the President.  

 

The other cool thing about JHUMUNC is its location.

The view from my hotel room.

We rent out an entire hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which is a great place to hang out.  I hadn’t been there since Orientation this past August, so my friend Emily and I used some of our downtime between committee sessions to explore Little Italy and get some killer pasta.  Some of our delegates also went on trips to the National Aquarium and loved it, and the conference has a tradition of a committee lunch where Hopkins students take delegates to a unique restaurant in the Inner Harbor for lunch.  Some of my friends took delegates to Irish restaurants, some to a delicious place called Miss Shirley’s, and some to one of the most delicious places of all: Five Guys’.

All in all it was a fantastically exhausting way to spend a weekend.  I can’t help but think that many more of our world’s problems could be solved if the delegation from China motioned for a dance party in the Security Council and the Russian Federation motioned to make paper crowns for all delegates