Thank you JHU.
Thank you to Outdoor Pursuits for helping me meet first Hopkins friends. I felt so much more confident (and a whole lot smellier) after pre-o than when I first arrived on the Hopkins campus. Thank you to my freshman year RA Sam and Clark house for being so friendly and welcoming.
When I moved in, I was nervous about being homesick, but you guys made me feel so welcome. I loved our nightly dinners. Thanks for making my birthday, a day I thought I miss my family the most, a day filled with such great surprises.
Thanks to Lidiana, my freshman and sophomore roommate, for helping me adjust to college, inspiring me with your passion for social issues, and having our random talks. I loved listening to your wide range of music. Special thanks to Danny and Elliot for always letting me try some of their mom’s fresh baked goods.
Thanks to the FFC for providing a little slice of heaven with your pastries. Those melt-in-your-mouth cookies have been a constant deficit since I went off the meal plan and I haven’t found any cookies just like you. Thanks for cheesecake brownies – a dessert that I still dream about. Thanks for supplying my favorite cereal, Kashi Heart to Heart. Thanks to the staff, but especially Gladys for swiping us in everyday with a smile and scolding me for going outside without a jacket. Thanks to the Daily Grind for introducing me to Jamaican meat pies and supplying the most amazing milkshakes ever. Thanks to Alkimia for the great coffee and the empanadas. Thanks to Levering for your soup.
Thanks to Professor Dahuron for teaching me first (and last) ChemBE course. You made my introduction to chemical Engineering so exciting and answered all my random hybrid French and chemical Engineering questions. Thanks to all my ChemBE professors for teaching such interesting and challenging courses. I actively think like an engineer now. Thanks to the French department for having such fun courses and stretching and pulling my writing ability. I have loved every single lecturer I’ve had in this department, but special thanks to Derek Schilling for doing such an amazing job at making a subject that I was not interested in learning about (French literature) so interesting and engaging, Bruce Anderson for being incredibly enthusiastic about teaching, and Kristin Cook-Gailloud for her playful approach to French.
Thanks to Shaun, for being my first ChemBE friend (and putting up with me for 3 years) and for being a great friend in the lab, laughing with me on my “today is just not a good lab day” days. Thanks to Michael for sharing some long days in lab with me and talking about the most random things. Thanks to Jena and Wadsworth for being such fun people to work and chat with. Thanks to Hasini for helping to introduce me to Wirtz Lab and all the other upperclassmen for inspiring me with your accomplishments in and outside of lab.
Thanks to Jude, my graduate student, for teaching me how to think like a scientist, solve problems on my own, and how to see the details and the big picture. Thanks to Wei for always fist bumping me. Thanks to Anjil for always helping fix the microscope. Thanks to Angela for always talking about such interesting things when we’re both working in the hood. Thanks to Ivie, Ryan, Shaun, Jena, Wadsworth, and Jude for being such formidable Settlers of Catan opponents. Thanks to all the other graduate students and post-docs for teaching me the skills I needed to know and being great people to work with. Thanks to Dr. Wirtz for allowing me to join this wonderful lab.
Thanks to the SAAB application committee of 2010 for choosing me. Being on the Student Admissions Advisory Board has been such a pleasure. Thanks to Daniel for hiring me sophomore year – working in your office was always fun and filled with great stories. Thanks to Laurin, for being such a fun boss and helping us settle in once Daniel left. Thanks to Ardi for having some of the most interesting conversations I’ve had on campus and sharing my passion for languages too. Thanks to Shelly for being our new boss, making me laugh all the time, and really taking our opinions and ideas seriously. It has been such a pleasure. Thanks to Paul, Chelsea, and Cheryl for being fun people to share our office area with and sharing fun videos with us. Thanks to Shannon for being such a fun admissions counselor to work with.
Thanks to Joe, Miranda, Nick, Allysa, and Tess for being such great coworkers. Thanks to Nick and Joe for always responding quickly to my tech questions. Thanks to Allysa, Nick, Tess, and Miranda for being such great SAAB co-leadership board members. Thanks to Miranda for sharing my love of Baltimore. Thanks to Tess for being the Statler to my Waldorf and our interesting conversations. I’m going to miss my work buddies so much next year. Thanks to the rest of SAAB for being such amazing people – I am so inspired by all that you do and how everyone writes such great blogs and does such cool things. Thanks to the SAABers older than me for moving me with your amazing accomplishments. Thanks for commenting on my blogs and making me feel special. Thanks to the younger SAABers for making me feel old (just kidding :) ), but really I am so excited to see all the great things you’ll do here at Hopkins. Thanks to Sydney for being my first SAABffl, Trisha for helping me get through Calc III, and Ian for hosting me in Milan.
Thanks to Baltimore for being my first (city) love. You taught me how to use public transportation, how to find random restaurants, and to always be willing to try new things. Thanks to Baltimore for having such friendly citizens who are always willing to strike up a conversation. Thanks to Baltimore for being unpredictable in the best way. Thanks to Baltimore for being a city that has so much to offer college students.
Thanks to Charlotte and Anna, my two best friends from home, for listening to me rant sometimes and always being willing to host me for a weekend in DC. Your perspective keeps me grounded. Thanks to Anna for sharing links on my wall so that I’m always informed and laughing. Thanks to Charlotte for the fashion advice and the deep chats we have. Thanks to both of you for always going with me to the modern art section of the American Museum of Art – I know I’ve taken you both there two times each.
Thanks to my family for being so supportive. Thanks to Grandma for always keeping up with my blog and supporting me in my many endeavors. Thanks to Oma for your emails with cool links. Thanks to Mom and Dad for constantly supporting, calming, and motivating me. You really are the best parents ever. Thanks to my brother Stephen for being such an awesome brother, the much-needed truffles freshman year, and being the best person to watch movies with ever. Thanks to Nikki for all the inside jokes.
Thanks to Melissa and Lex for being my closest friends here at Hopkins. We’ve shared a lot of laughs, a lot of hours studying together, and two very long train rides to Montreal and back. Thanks for putting up with me all this time. Thanks for pushing me to do new things and telling me to YOLO. Thanks to Lex for motivating me with your insane will-power and great sense of humor. Thanks for introducing me to new music and always being willing to dive head first into an assignment. Thanks to Melissa for being my coffee shop exploring buddy and a cohabitant of Gilman Hall. Thanks for your funny links on my wall, volunteering at the Hippodrome with me, and watching Orioles games with me on the computer. Thanks for the tea, the chocolate, and the meals.
Thanks to my friends and classmates that I didn’t thank by name. You’ve all made my Hopkins experience the fantastic experience that it was.
Thanks to my fellow students. Never have I been around more inspired or determined students – it is such an honor and pleasure. Hopkins students really spark the most interesting conversations.
Thanks to JHU professors and lecturers for the challenging, enriching academic experience. I learn a week’s worth of high school classes in a 50 minute session here. The work here has made me a problem-solver, a question-asker, and overall more independent person.
Thanks to JHU Security for helping us feel safe. Thank you to the custodians for making our campus gorgeous.
Thanks to JHU for the resources – the spectacular buildings and campus, the Research labs, and the ability to start new projects or businesses if you want to.
Thanks to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all the posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. To any Class of 2018ers and entering freshmen of years to come, I hope you enjoy and explore Baltimore, take lots of different classes, and enjoy your experience here.
Thank you JHU.