They say you learn something new every day. Well, if that’s true, then I guess you learn at least 365 things a year, which is a hell of a lot of things to have just learned. This year, my 3rd at Hopkins, has been a catalyst for a ton of growth, both academically and personally.
So, that being said, here are the top 10 things that I have learned this year, and why I feel they deserve to be on the top 10 instead of the bottom 355.
10. There are places to eat that aren’t Chipotle. Yeah shocking, right? Before this year, my idea of “off campus dining” was pretty much the 7 or 8 restaurants that are within a stones throw of campus. This year, given several factors (including not having a meal plan and having easy car access), has led to eating off campus fairly often. I wish I had taken advantage of it earlier in my college career, but I am looking forward to continuing my eating exploration next year.
9. Don’t trust gas station sushi. Because…just don’t.
8. Things you learn in class can actually come in handy outside of class. How many times have you sat through a lecture thinking “ughhhhh this is about as useless as teaching ants to synchronized swim”? If you’re me, the answer is a lot…however, there have been several things I’ve learned this year that I’ve found myself using outside of the classroom, from Android programming to using Bloomberg for stock market research.
7. Cops is an awesome TV show. It has become my new mindless entertainment obsession. I’ve learned a lot from it, too. For example, if you decide to floor the gas pedal when you see the blue and red lights behind your stolen car, you should probably pull over of there might be a taser in the future.
6. Group projects don’t always go smoothly, but differences in work habits can be overcome. It is a simple fact of life, we all have different work habits, and sometimes we are assigned group projects with someone who works differently. Fortunately, in my time at Hopkins, I’ve always gotten along reasonably well with my partners, however this semester I really had the first time I’ve encountered friction in a group. What it comes down to is that we had different work ethics and habits, and those didn’t match up well. We all knew what needed to be done and were capable of doing it (being that we are all very intelligent Hopkins students, of course), but when it came time to get it done together, things didn’t go smoothly. In the end, however, all the work that needed to be done was done and I think the whole group was able to grow for the future.
5. Find time to do what you enjoy. Through out the year, there were times where I certainly felt overwhelmed, and everyone has those weeks where they just have too much on their plate. What I found was the best way to handle it was to promise myself something fun at the end–a round of golf or a night downtown–to give me something to look forward to when it is all over.
4. When there’s free pizza involved, it’s defiantly something you should go to. If there’s free Chipotle involved, you should absolutely not even think about not going. Need I explain more?
3. Make lists. Lists on lists on lists. Seriously, they can save you more times than they’ll hurt you. Make a list of exam dates, things you have to do this week, or even of songs you want to download. Whatever you use them for, they’ll help you keep your head straight in times of stress.
2. If someone asks you to be in their Harlem Shake video, politely say “no thanks” and continue on with your day. I think I can successfully say that I avoided that trend.
1. Go see the speakers that are brought to campus! Seriously, we get some crazy awesome people. Even the names you haven’t heard of before can offer a lot of really cool insights. This year alone, we’ve had two presidential candidates (Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum), a general (Stanley McChrystal), a New York Times columnist (Andrew Ross Sorkin), a Saturday Night Live cast member (Seth Meyers), the founder of Wikipedia (Jimmy Wales) and several other very cool speakers. Take advantage of their presence and go see them speak!
Thanks for reading,
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