So this month, all the bloggers on SAAB are writing entries about different topics ranging from their favorite person on campus to favorite academic experience. Today, I am going to talk about my favorite outside the classroom activity. Being at Hopkins, I have been given the opportunity to be a part of many wonderful groups and activities. As a part of the Student Admissions Advisory Board and the Hopkins Hosting Society, I have been able to help with Admissions with regards to recruitment efforts and helping out at fall and spring open houses. I have been able to tell prospective students about my experiences at Hopkins as well as answer any questions they may have. In addition, I am a part of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, the swim club, and various other activities.
However, one of my favorite outside the classroom activities is not really an activity, but rather an amalgamation of all the events Hopkins provides for us on a regular basis. Whether it be the MSE Symposium Speakers, Fall Fest, or Spring Fair, Hopkins provides students with numerous opportunities to just go out around campus and have fun with their friends. Some of the most memorable experiences I have had on campus have been attending these various events with my friends. Here are just a few of what Hopkins has to offer:
High Table Dinner:
This annual freshman tradition brings together different faculty members in the university and the freshman class to a fancy dinner called the High Table. This is an incredible experience to just get dressed up and have dinner with friends and faculty. This year, I had the chance to meet an incredible computer science professor who teaches a sophomore class.
Sometimes though, it’s not just the fancy events where you get to have fun with your friends. Sometimes, it’s the most informal of them. Spring Fair occurred just a few weeks ago and it was absolutely incredible. The entire campus turned into a carnival with food vendors, art sales, and children’s areas for everyone to be a part of. People from the Baltimore area came to Hopkins to just have fun for a few days. The highlight? Funnel Cake and Deep Friend Oreos!!
Similar to Spring Fair, there is an event in the fall called Fall Fest! It is similar to Spring Fair in that Hopkins hosts many different events including acapella shows and a haunted house! It’s great that Hopkins has one of these big fairs every semester. Hopefully soon, Fall Fest will become just as big an event as Spring Fair.
Foreign Affairs Symposium:
One of the large student groups that brings in speakers is the Foreign Affair Symposium. This event occurs annually every spring. They bring in speakers once every two to three weeks to talk to students about various current issues. Recently, we had Rick Santorum come in and speak to the students, which was a very interesting experience. You can learn more about this specific event by reading JHU_Kevin’s blog about his experience at the event.
Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium:
On the other hand, in the fall, the big speaker series is the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium. Many speakers have come to Hopkins to speak to both the Baltimore Community and us. This year, we had Seth Meyers, the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, and many others come to campus to speak. In the past, we have had many prominent political figures like Hillary Clinton speak to us.
These are just some of the many events Hopkins sponsors for its students. Having such a diverse group of events to attend makes students excited for each event when they occur. Whether it be Spring Fair, acapella shows, dance shows, or a speaker series, there are always events to attend with your friends on the Homewood campus.