After my last final of the Spring 2008 semester ended on Wednesday, May 14, I went home and stayed there for a little over a week until I returned to Baltimore on Monday, May 26. Since then, I’ve had so much fun in Baltimore so far this summer that I’m a little disappointed that I have a little over a month left before I’ll return home for three weeks. Anyway, I’ve decided to summarize a few of the past month’s shenanigans in a journal entry kind of format. I hope you like it!
TUESDAY, MAY 27:
This was the first day of class for Summer Session I (there are two summer sessions at Hopkins). I took Organic Chemistry I, and so did a lot of people I know. Meanwhile, I also know a few people who took General Physics I, and a few who took Biochemistry.
This was also my first day back at the Ryugo Lab in almost a month! In order to concentrate on studying for finals for the spring semester, I wasn’t able to do much research there during reading period and finals week — and then, right after my last final, I went home for a little over a week. I missed doing research a lot more than I thought I would during that three-week period! It was great to be back. (By the way, JHU_Stefanie has recently joined the Ryugo Lab as another undergraduate research assistant this summer — yay!)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28:
This was my first day of work as a student assistant at the administrative office of the Neurogenetics and Behavior Center (a.k.a. “the NBC”), which is located here at the Homewood campus. The girl who’s normally the student assistant during the academic year is away for the summer, so I’ve been hired to work as her temporary replacement this summer. In working in the administrative office, I do miscellaneous tasks such as fetching mail, booking the travel arrangements for the NBC’s primary investigator (Dr. Michela Gallagher, who not only attends various neuroscience-related symposia and conferences, but also attends various meetings related to her post as the vice provost of academic affairs), sending faxes, making spreadsheets to organize information, et cetera.
SATURDAY, MAY 31:
In the afternoon, JHU_Tanya and I visited the
family that Catholic Community had “sponsored” for Christmas 2007 through
Centro de la Comunidad, an organization that assists Latino families in the Baltimore area. Ever since we gave the family Christmas presents and some other items that we thought would be helpful in Christmas 2007, I’ve been trying to coordinate an on-going outreach initiative in which members of Catholic Community — as well as other interested individuals who aren’t necessary members of Catholic Community — keep in touch with and help out this family. Right now, it’s a baby project, but I hope it’ll grow into something more organized over time.
In the evening, my roommate Miriam and I walked to The Rotunda Cinematheque, where we watched Sex and the City. The two of us were laughing at how the camaraderie among the main characters reminded us of the chemistry among my three roommates and me (minus the expensive lifestyle and the scandal) — I know I keep mentioning this time and again, but I’m really excited that the three girls with whom I shared a suite in McCoy Hall as a sophomore and I are all renting an apartment together this summer and junior year!
SUNDAY, JUNE 1:
Because Catholic Community doesn’t celebrate Mass at the
Interfaith Center during the summer, some of us from Catholic Community who are in Baltimore for the summer have decided we’d attend Mass at a different church in Baltimore every Sunday. This was the first of our
“church-hopping” excursions. Along with five other people, I attended a Mass at Holy Rosary Church in the Fell’s Point neighborhood. Holy Rosary Church is one of Baltimore’s historic churches, as far as Catholic churches go. While the parish’s current church building was built in the 1920s, the parish was established for the Polish immigrant community in the late 1800s, and it still serves the Polish community in Baltimore today. In fact, the Mass we attended was a Polish-language Mass. We heavily relied on Polish-English Mass booklets to translate the readings and prayers for us, and one of the guys in our group (who’s Polish) translated the homily for us after the Mass. Some of us also went to the 35th Annual Baltimore’s Polish Festival near Holy Rosary Church, but I chose to return to Hopkins and attend the 11th Annual Charles Village Festival near campus with two of my freshman year housemates instead.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14:
This was my first day working for JHU Phonathon. (This summer, I’ve been working for JHU Phonathon during weekends.) The JHU Phonathon works with the Office of Annual Giving by calling alumni and parents of current students and alumni to request monetary gifts for the Johns Hopkins Annual Fund. My job as a JHU Phonathon caller technically isn’t telemarketing, since products aren’t being sold over the phone to randomly selected phone numbers — however, I’ve definitely gained more respect for telemarketers as a result of this job!
SUNDAY, JUNE 15:
My roommate Miriam (the same roommate with whom I watched Sex and the City) and I walked to the Hampden neighborhood to attend the 15th Annual HonFest. While Miriam was in Baltimore last summer, she didn’t attend HonFest last year, so this was the first time for both of us to attend it. We ooh’d and ahh’d over the various beehive hairdos that some women were having styled and looked at different vendors’ booths. I ended up buying a cute white and brown sundress, both of us ended up buying sunglasses — and, of course, we also got some food to eat.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21:
In the evening, my roommates Miriam, Zainab, and I spent the night in our apartment relaxing and chatting with each other. Then our friend Cy ended up IM-ing us to say that he was bored, so we invited him to come over to our apartment to hang out with us — and then before we knew it, the four of us were walking to the 24/7 Giant supermarket at The Rotunda at 11:00 p.m. to buy groceries. (Now how often do you walk to a supermarket to buy groceries late on a Saturday night?) Afterwards, Miriam cooked tacos, which we ate (as well as tortilla chips and salsa) while watching random shows on TV.
FRIDAY, JUNE 27:
It was the last day of Summer Session I, so a lot of people — including yours truly — had final exams that day!
MONDAY, JUNE 30 (TODAY):
Today was the first day of Summer Session II. For Summer Session II, I’m simply focusing on doing research at the Ryugo Lab as well as working at the NBC during weekdays and at JHU Phonathon during weekends.
In addition to what I’ve mentioned, Miriam, Zainab, and I have invited friends to come over to our apartment to play board games on multiple nights; I’ve often grabbed lunch or dinner with friends during weekdays; and now that I’m living in an off-campus apartment without a meal plan, I’ve been cooking and eating meals at home a lot more often! Recently, I cooked the Filipino dishes pancit (a rice noodle dish) and adobong manok (chicken adobo) for the second time ever, with the first time having been the dinner party that my friend Aparna and I hosted back in January. They were much better this time around.
With that said, I’m about to walk to a nearby 24/7 Superfresh supermarket with Miriam and my friend Phil — and once again, it’s past 11:00 in the evening. Later, everyone!