Name: Matthew Moores
Year: Class of 2016
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Intended Programs of Study: International Studies and Computer Science
This summer has been a whirlwind of emotions!
…Is probably what most people are saying. For me, you just have to replace “whirlwind of emotions” with “a really, really boring, long, and drawn-out three months spent in anticipation of going to college.”
Before I start getting into all the hardcore blogging, you need to know that I’m weird. Like, really weird. Seriously. I’m kind of surprised that I’m even allowed to be submitting an entry for this Summer Blogging Contest because that means that I was actually accepted to Johns Hopkins University. Despite all of my peculiarities, a college has accepted me! And my favorite college, at that! Ever since my area’s college fair, when the representative mentioned both of my primary interests in one sentence (creative writing and theatre if you care), I’ve been obsessed with the idea of going here. It hasn’t really hit me yet, either, because it seems too surreal. I’m still thinking: Really? Me?
And now for the hardcore blogging, as promised…
Total déjà vu. There’s no other way to describe the way I’m feeling right now, sitting down at my computer with my indie/alternative pop music (Lianne La Havas… check her out she’s amazing—I wouldn’t lie to you) playing smoothly into my brain. This “blog”— as they are calling it— totally reminds me of the day I wrote my college essay. I can hear the communal groan from all across the world as I mention the phrase “college essay.” I apologize for mentioning the “E” word, but I have to. I mulled over mine for a long time, but finally decided on showcasing my unique side. AKA, my weird side. Now, I feel an overwhelming sense of déjà vu simply because I haven’t written many personal essays in the last few months. While I spent my college essay writing days harping on every little word and trying to make it absolutely perfect, it’s nice to have a low-pressure blogging experience.
I don’t really want to talk about the college application process, because much like everyone else’s mine was demanding and tiresome. I would, however, like to talk about my summer. Summer is supposed to be fun, right? School’s out! Well, I wouldn’t call it “fun” necessarily…
You see, blog-readers, I used to live in Baltimore, Maryland. (That’s twenty minutes away from Hopkins! Yay!) Exactly fives days after my graduation from High School, my family moved to Cleveland. (That’s SIX HOURS away from Hopkins! Yay!) I don’t have a job because it was too late in the summer for hiring, and I no longer have any schoolwork to do, either. So, as you can imagine, my “fun” summer has consisted of not knowing anyone in the area OR what to do with myself. Because I don’t know what to do with myself, I spend the majority of my time fantasizing about the great adventures I’ll have in the fall and all the activities I’ll want to do.
I really do feel like the new kid at a new school in Ohio, the kid who doesn’t know anybody and has to eat lunch alone in the bathroom like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls. I’ve gone to the same school for the majority of my life, so I’ve never thought I’d feel like this before. I also never thought I’d compare myself to Lindsay Lohan…
Before I go on I just want to say that my summer has not been TOTALLY boring. I know you all have this image of me sitting in my room doing nothing but thinking about Hopkins all day and all night, but I’m not that obsessed. I have had a somewhat eventful summer. Albeit, none of the excitement occurred in the state of Ohio. An old friend of mine invited me to visit him in Florida. I obviously said yes, and packed up my stuff immediately.
Oddly enough, my obsessive thoughts about Hopkins didn’t go away as I thought they would on the trip. I found myself accidentally talking about it far too much. My friends got visibly annoyed with me after about the third day, so for the rest of the trip I had to pack away my Hopkins shirts and suppress my excitement a little bit. When I got home from the trip, I was SO happy to take out my gear again and parade it around! Who cares if people get annoyed with me here, I DON’T KNOW ANY OF THEM!!
Another big event for me this summer was signing up for classes. I have to admit… the 7 AM thing was a little bit hard for me to manage. Most of the classes I wanted had limited availability so I knew I needed to wake up early. And, as a teenage boy with no job and no school to go to, I was obviously quite used to waking up at noon or later. I’m really embarrassed to say this, but the way that I managed to be conscious at 7 AM in the morning was simply… to not go to sleep. I stayed awake that whole night eating M&M’s and watching TV. I told you I was weird. At EXACTLY 7:00:00.00 I clicked the “Register” button and luckily got all of my classes. At exactly 7:00:00.01 I passed out on my bed.
I am trying to think really hard about anything else that has happened to me this summer but I’m failing miserably. I don’t have much to do all by me lonesome in Ohio. This might be the most mundane summer of my life and I am only realizing it as I write this now. Hopefully there will be the complete opposite of that beginning August 29th!
The truth is, I cannot wait to meet so many new people next year at Hopkins, and we will all be in the same boat. Everyone will be overwhelmed with exciting new things and people that they’ve never met before. EVERYBODY’S LINDSAY LOHAN! Except we won’t be eating alone in bathroom stalls, we’ll all be there to help each other through. It’s going to be awesome. I’m nervous, but also ridiculously excited. I’m nervcited. Okay I’m finished now. I’m all bloggered out. I’m really bad at conclusions.