So after finishing up my first year at Hopkins, I’m finally back at home sitting at my kitchen table writing this blog. I think this is the first time I’ve written a blog post from home. But anyways, it’s great to be back in Vancouver. I’ve basically spent the last two weeks at home just hanging out with my friends and enjoying the rest of summer.
So it has been an incredibly busy, yet fun summer so far. As I wrote about on my last post, I had the opportunity to work with a Discover Hopkins Course in July. As well, I took two classes in June entitled “American Contemporary Classics,” (a film class,) as well as “Forensic Psychology.” Besides that, I also volunteered at a hospital so all in all it has been a pretty busy summer. In the midst of all that, I forgot to realize that I’ll be heading into my sophomore year in a couple days! Being a couple days away from sophomore year, things seem so different than one year ago when I was about to embark on a journey to Hopkins. As I see some of the students in the Class of 2017 facebook group anxiously waiting for the day they get to move-in to their dorms, I suddenly realize that soon, another 1320 people are going to call Hopkins their home. With that realization, I thought I’d spend this blog giving some tips to the Class of 2017 for their first semester at HOME(wood).
1) Get outside your comfort zone!
I’m sure many of you have heard this before… “Get outside your comfort zone; do things you otherwise wouldn’t do!” It’s true, and it’s even more true at Hopkins. You guys all have covered grades during your first semester here and though this isn’t an invitation to completely blow off your course work and slack off, it is a chance for you to do things you otherwise wouldn’t. Go take classes that interest you or you might be scared of taking. Take a chance and you never know, you could end up finding something you love or even your passion. It’s your first semester at Hopkins: take advantage of everything the school has to offer.
2) There are bajillions of opprotunities to get involved.
Adding onto my previous point, Hopkins has hundreds and hundreds of student groups and opprotunities around Baltimore for students. This school has connections with many different organizations and within Homewood, there are hundreds of clubs to join. If you can’t find something you like, create the club! Just to provide some perspective as to how doing something for the first time could turn into something you love, I applied to SAAB a year ago having never blogged for an actual site before. A couple of weeks later, I got into SAAB and started blogging and have loved it ever since! It’s basically like a chance to chronicle all my experiences online and be able to look back on them in four years. I went from barely blogging to being a part of a wonderful group of people on SAAB and blogging on Hopkins Interactive.
3) Stay connected with your high school friends.
For many of the incoming freshman, this may be the first time they have spent an extended amount of time in the United States. Though you may be far away from your friends in high school, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to talk to them… that’s why telephones, email, and social media were created! Beyond that though, stay in touch with some of your teachers as well. I’m sure that many of you have gotten to know your high school teachers really well, so it’s important to stay in touch with them. Going to college doesn’t mean that you are leaving everything behind for a new life; it is merely another step in a new environment, or for some, a new country.
4) Finally, experience Baltimore
Baltimore is an incredible city! It’s so artsy and has it’s own little niche with a variety of exhibitions, restaurants, and events occurring every month. I know that many prospective students are worried about the safety in Baltimore, but let me assure you that you have nothing to worry about. As long as you are smart and have common sense, everything will be okay. Don’t let fear prevent you from exploring this incredible city!
So that’s it for now! I’ve gotta finish up packing before I move in on the 30th. I head off to Baltimore tomorrow. I’ll update you all on my next blog about the classes I’ll be taking this coming semester. Until then, hope all is well!