Allysa D. | Posted on April 25, 2013
It’s hard to think of one, single favorite memory at Hopkins. I have so many memories that I will always cherish forever in my heart. But looking back at the past three years, I would have to say that my FIRST favorite memory was Convocation.
Convocation is a huge formal ceremony that officially welcomes the incoming freshman class of Johns Hopkins University. The ceremony takes place during the last evening of Orientation week before classes start. The students wear business casual attire and they are welcomed to the University by President Daniels and the Deans. The President and Deans are in fancy and traditional garb for the ceremony. While the new member class is seated, the President and Deans parade in with the new class’ banner.
Before Convocation, over the summer, there is a contest where the new students of the incoming class can enter ideas for the new class banner. Each year’s selected banner is displayed in the library for the next four years until Commencement. At Commencement, the banner finally leaves, marking the end of the graduating class’ undergraduate career at Hopkins.
During Convocation, just being there alongside with my new classmates, I felt so honored and lucky to be able to attend a school like Johns Hopkins. There, I realized that the next four years was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with so many opportunities and adventures. If it weren’t for Hopkins, I wouldn’t have met all the wonderful people that I have gotten to know as classmates and friends over the years. If it weren’t for Hopkins, I wouldn’t have been able to take amazing classes taught by phenomenal faculty. If it weren’t for Hopkins, I wouldn’t have gotten three different jobs on campus – from TAing for the Bloomberg School to interning for an interdisciplinary environmental institute. If it weren’t for Hopkins, I would have never gotten the sisters I never had through Alpha Phi. If it weren’t for Hopkins, I would have never survived without the support from the school when my mom died. If it weren’t for Hopkins, I would have never met my best friend and boyfriend. And for all those reasons, I am so incredibly grateful to be here. It’s hard to believe, that in just a year, I’ll soon be on Homewood field bidding farewell to the class of 2014 banner.