Sweet Caroline

Neither a Kennedy nor a Princess of Monaco

Caroline L.

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Hopkins in the Rain

Spring has sprung, April showers bring May flowers, and all that. The rain is in fine form today with showers making our hundreds of SOHOP visitors all wet. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful – 70 degrees, sunny, just the right amount of breeze, tons of people on the Beach. Today is the opposite: a little chilly and absolutely pouring down, with the water gushing down Charles Street and creating inches deep.. Read More

Why I Chose JHU

So you got into Hopkins – congratulations! 575 of you already know you’re coming to Baltimore to begin the best 4 years of your life, but for the 2,542 of you who have until May 1 to decide if you’ll call Baltimore home, I hope you’ll listen to my humble opinion and strongly consider Hopkins as the college you attend. If you can, I’d strongly strongly recommend you attend SOHOP. If.. Read More

Let the Committee Reject You

Of all the advice I’ve been given over the years, I often think about one in particular, especially when I’m applying for something new: “Let the committee reject you.” It sounds kind of negative at first – the word “reject” is in there pretty prominently – but if you think a little more about what it means, it’s pretty encouraging. Often, when I would think about applying to something – an.. Read More

Trying Something New

After two extremely busy weekends this semester – sorority Recruitment and the JHUMUNC Conference – I am finally back with a semi-normal schedule. Good thing, too, since last weekend was a great weekend to spend time with friends and see some amazing performances by Hopkins Groups! One of the classes I’m in this semester, called “Drama Queens” is all about women represented on the opera stage, and part of the.. Read More

Getting Involved Politically On Campus

Today is January 26, 2017, six days into an new presidency and administration in this nation. The peaceful transition of power is one of the most beautiful traditions of our democracy, but we as citizens still have a responsibility to stay politically involved in the four years between presidential elections – and, honestly, in the two years between Congressional elections. After this election, I’ve personally been galvanized into getting more.. Read More

Take a Break

Hey all – some of you may have noticed it’s been a while since I last posted. Indeed, sophomore year basically hit me like a brick wall, but it’s a wall for which I am always grateful. When I returned from Italy, I spent four days at home with my family, and returned to Baltimore on August 11th, in order to train for the Pre-Orientation program I would be co-facilitating!.. Read More

Being Selfish

It is 7pm on Friday July 29, and I am finished with my Italian classes for this summer. Time is so funny that way. At the beginning of the summer, when I arrived on June 4th, I couldn’t possibly imagine living in this incredible country, traveling to some of the most incredible (and oldest!) cities in the world, and almost finishing all of my Italian language learning (one more level to.. Read More

Bella Italia

I’m currently writing to you from Siena, Italy – yes! I am back in the country of pasta and pizza that’s absolutely dripping in culture and history. I’ve just completed my first month of classes at the Università per Stranieri (University for Foreigners) and it was truly a beautiful month here. When they say University for Foreigners, they really do mean it – in my class of about 20 people,.. Read More

Practical Applications of Classwork

Such a rare and wonderful opportunity is using what you learned in class in real life. Last week, I did just that on my visit to Bologna, Italy, with the International Studies program. Our program – the International Studies Leadership Seminar – was sponsored by the Aronson Center for International Studies. We spent the week in Italy at the SAIS Bologna campus, meeting current faculty and receiving an absolutely fascinating.. Read More

~Spring Fair~

This weekend marks one of the seminal Hopkins traditions: Spring Fair! Our annual food and fun festival is the largest student-run fair in the country and it is a weekend-long marathon of food, music, and merriment. Even though this is my first Spring Fair, I thought I’d write about my favorite events and (more importantly) foods from this weekend. Thursday – watching all of the vendors set up on the.. Read More