Posted by Dominique D. | Posted on December 20, 2011
I can’t believe I’m blogging about my final winter break at JHU. Seriously! Wow. Wow. Wow. Before you know it I’ll be taking senior pics and ordering my cap and gown. It’s still not really hitting me yet that I only have a limited time left here–but in any case, I’m doing my best to enjoy what’s left!
So, I’m sitting here working on a take-home final for my grad school class at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (public health majors have to take them as seniors), and jealous of all my friends who are completely finished with everything. I LOVEEEEE taking classes at Bloomberg, but it was kinda sucky that we had classes there straight through reading period and finals–but the classes are good so it’s cool. Anyways, what have I been up to since my last blog?
-Cool end of semester party at my professor’s house. Now, you know Hopkins has some cool profs if they invite students to their homes. My professor for Power and Racism, Dr. Hayes, had a shindig type thing and while it was weird (as I’ve never been to a professor’s house before) it was awesome. The pic below shows a portion of his “library”–he’s amassed quite a collection of books in his years. Seeing all of these books really made me think about what it means to be an academic, and also about how different our generations are. For someone born in the 30s, I feel like schooling was a lot more based on books, good reading, and good writing. We live in such a fast, technological world these days and quite honestly, I don’t know anyone my age who is reading like this. In any case, it has inspired me to read more–although I am working on a take home final now, I picked up Malcolm X: A life of Reinvention today while I was at the library and I’ve just started it–hopefully I learn some new things!
-RA Banquet. Every year, the office of Residential Life has a banquet for the RAs, White Elephant gift exchange style (if you don’t know what that is, look it up! So fun). I ended up with a Barnes and Noble gift card, and my gift was a very girly scarf–of course a guy picked it. Funny thing is, I offered to trade but he wanted to keep it! It was a thank you to us for all of our hard work. This is by far THE most difficult job I’ve ever had (and I’ve had many, many jobs) in more way than I could even explain. It’s rewarding, though!
-Hopkins Christian Fellowship Christmas Partyyyy. I rave about these guys in my blogs all the time so I won’t go into that haha. But we have a white elephant party each year for HCF and it’s always funny because we don’t go out and buy fancy presents–we take (useable) junk from our rooms and wrap them. To give you an idea of the hilarity, these were some of the gifts exchanged: reindeer antlers, bedroom slippers, post it notes, nail polish, an iron, and tampons (guess which gift a guy opened up–yep–the tampons…)
So let me tell you how cool HCF is. Our staff leaders–Natalie and Justin–are engaged. My group raised money for them, completely in secret, to have a nice honeymoon because they realllly deserve it. This pic shows the awesomeness:
And of course, finals. I was most definitely not anticipating my next to last semester being the one with the worst final exam schedule. Instead of the usual 2 or 3, even 4 papers/finals students (both engineers and arts and sciences) tend to have to do, I was lucky enough to have 6. That elicited much pity and sympathy from everyone I informed. Let’s just say this is not happening next semester. It was really hard to balance all of them and quite honestly, finals and papers take a lot of energy. Once I finished one, I needed like a few days to recuperate before starting the next. To many Hopkids this is crazy–but I’ve simply lost the capacity to be on my finals grind like I was freshman and sophomore years. Guess I really am getting old! Hence the reason I’m still here working on this take home final. During it all, my friends have been good to me, letting me sleep over their apartments when the dorms were too loud, too much, and too distracting for me.
-Oh yea, can’t forget Friday Night Lights. So, I started watching this show at 1am last Friday after I turned in another paper. I have not been able to stop watching it. I am almost through with Season 2 now and can’t wait to watch Season 3. I’m not a T.V. buff by any stretch of the imagination and I don’t really watch T.V. except for Grey’s (don’t judge me, I stopped for a while but somehow I am back :/ ), Glee (again, I want to stop but since I started from the beginning I can’t!) and Pretty Little Liars (it’s a really well written show). So yea I am obsessed with FNL now. At least I started now instead of during the school year…i.e. last year I did the same thing with LOST except I watched that–ALL of the episodes–when school was in session. Bad news bears but somehow I got my work done, hehe. :)
Anywho, I am definitely looking forward to:
-Being away from the dorms and with my family instead
-A (brief) break from paper writing
-the NBA season!
-Trying to get into the holiday spirit–I won’t be able to Christmas shop till Thursday so we’ll see how that works out…
Cheers to the holidays! And oh yea, congrats to the ED class of 2016! DANG I really am old!! :)