How to Stay Fully Connected and not Constrained in College . . .
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Obviously, Facebook is one of the most frequently used methods of staying on top of what’s happening and sharing upcoming events. You can even find out who is going to which events without resorting to stalking. Also, if I’m ever feeling a little lonely, I resort to going on and “poking” my friends. Mostly my “pokes” go unreciprocated.
This past Sunday, I starred in the Hopkins Harlem Shake video. By that, I mean that if you see a giant banana, I take full responsibility for spastically swinging and tossing it. Though you can’t see my face, I promise it’s really me. As one of my friends commented, “I’ve never seen a banana waved so beautifully before.” I happen to agree (writes a beaming Madeline).
What do you see in the upper-right corner? Yeah, that's right (my legacy).
I love letters. There’s something that really sets them apart from an email or text. I’ve been writing and receiving letters this semester. It’s pretty obvious when I have gotten a letter because you’ll see me prancing back from the mail office
barely not containing my elation. It’s always neat to think about how a letter makes a cross-country journey as humans do…I can’t imagine I’ll ever be zipping through cyberspace like my Yahoo emails.
I carefully positioned the letter so it looks like I tore it open with more composure than I actually did.
I discovered this awesome application for my phone that allows me to text international cell phone numbers for free. Well, that’s my basic understanding of it and my cell phone bill hasn’t gone up… So if you have friends studying abroad, or plan to come to Hopkins from abroad, this is definitely something to check out.
Get involved with your major!
This semester, I am trying to take full advantage of all the opportunities that my major offers. This past Wednesday, I went to an amazing dinner discussion with two professors, Dr. Koposov and Deudney, while enjoying a delectable crab cake at Gertrude’s. This was a wonderful and memorable evening …I definitely hope I can attend another.
Fine company and a feast.
Also, many people have become involved in Greek Life on campus, as it’s sorority and fraternity rushing season.
I decided not to rush for a number of reasons, some of which include…
• I heard a rumor that the co-ed business fraternity has its pledges do stadiums. I am not capable of that.
• For sorority bid night, you have to wear a white dress. I just don’t look good in white. I’m pale, okay?!
• I was never recruited by the Engineering fraternity ☹ The fact that I am an International Studies major may have contributed to this … ?
• Telling apart Greek letters is not my forte. Couldn’t they sub in Arabic letters? Say it with me, not Kappa Delta, but Kaaf Daal!
• My best friend, Berna, is Turkish. If there ever were an occasion where I had to choose if Greek or Turkish baklava were superior, the dilemma would be too much.
My wonderful friend Berna (Note: you will not find palm trees on Hopkins' campus).
I still get to go to great events like Phi Mu’s fall show, Hopkins Most Eligible Bachelor. I was sitting next to a campus safety officer, and he seemed to be enjoying the show I much as I was ☺
Needless to say, beyond what I have mentioned above, between all the clubs on campus, and late-night bonding sessions with hall mates, I’ve been able to form new bonds at Homewood and beyond.