As I begin to put all my furniture up for sale on the Hopkins “Free and For Sale” Facebook group, recently flooded by the chairs, tables and beds belonging to the class of 2014, reflecting upon the past four years becomes inevitable. Although I haven’t blogged in a while, I felt that a good-bye blog is something I must do. A lot has changed these past years, and I’ve grown a lot as a person, as has the rest of the Hopkins senior class. One way that I certainly have changed is in my current playlist, and fortunately, in each blog I’ve written, I’ve included my top track of that moment. Without further adeau, I present to you Nick’s aggregate playlist, starting September 23rd, 2010 and going up to today:
D.G.A.F.L.Y.F. By Super Mash Bros.
Daydreamin’ by Lupe Fiasco
Mosh by Eminem
Juicy by Notorious B.I.G.
Remember the Name by Fort Minor
Where is the Love? by the Black Eyed Peas
99 Problems by Jay-Z
Down and Out – Cam’ron ft. Kanye West
Feel Good Inc (Stanton Warrior Remix) by Gorillaz
Sleepyhead by Passion Pit
Pro Nails by Kid Sister (Rusco Remix)
Loud Pipes by Rattatat
Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap (Afrojack remix)
(End freshman year)
Numb/Encore (Lincoln Park/Jay-Z)
The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco
Be A Man from Mulan
Pon De Floor by Major Lazer
H*A*M by Jay-Z and Kanye West
We Takin’ Over by DJ Khaled
No Hands by Waka Flocka Flame
Stronger by Kanye West
6 Foot 7 Foot by Lil Wayne
No Sleep by Wiz Khalia
Tighten Up by The Black Keys
Civilization by Justice
Hey London by Chiddy Bang
Otis, by Jay-Z and Kanye West
Wake Up by Mac Miller
Ray Charles by Chiddy Bang
Frick Park Market by Mac Miller
Seven Nation Army Dubstep by UKFdubstep/The White Stripes
Levels (in reverse) by Avicii (George Monev edit)
Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi (Steve Aiokii remix)
Over, Hyper Crush Remix by Drake
Breaking Spring by 5 & a Dime
Some Nights (Jakob Liedholm Arena Mix) by Fun
(End sophomore year)
Trouble On My Mind by Pusha T ft Tyler
Two Million by Avicii
Chasin’ by Sander van Doorn
Keep Me Waiting by Vitodito ft. Oza, Sia, Cary Go and Neon Hitch
Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia
Shark by Tommy Noble
Country Roads by John Denver (Pretty Lights Remix)
The Glory by Kanye West
Original Don by Major Lazer (Flosstradamus remix)
Woo Boost by Rusko
The Next Episode by Dr. Dre
Corona and Lime by Shwayze
Homecoming by Kanye West
(End junior year)
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
Rad Anthem by Rad Omen
I Can’t Believe It by Flo Rida and Pitbull
Super Villain by Novi Novak
As you can see, there are a few pretty clear trends–from rap/hiphop to some electronic, back to rap/hiphop, and some peppering of random songs (Mulan? Where’d that come from?). But, what it really shows is change.
Often, I (and, I’m sure, pretty much everyone else), think about what it would be like if I changed some of my decisions. If I had applied early decision elsewhere, joined a different fraternity, chosen a different major…these are just a handful of the many important choices I’ve made the past few years. What would it have been like if I had changed just one of these?
Obviously, we’ll never know. But I do know where I’ve ended up, I know the experiences I’ve had, and the people I’ve met. And based on all that, I’ve come to the simple conclusion that I am happy. Hopkins was the place for me. Perhaps there were other places I would have enjoyed, but why speculate? Why try to see greener grass when you have a lush lawn already? The experience that I had here is priceless. I wouldn’t trade the parties, late nights in the library, lacrosse games, mixers, bottomless mimosa brunches, SOHOPs, hours spent looking through code for a missing semicolon, and countless other memories for the world.
The changes Hopkins put me things I will be forever thankful for. Hopkins has given me a hardened work ethic, a desire to work towards whatever I am passionate about and the drive to accomplish these goals. If I had to choose one thing that made my education here worth it, that would be my choice by far, and I think a lot of other Hopkins students share that drive and passion.
As my final blog post, I’d like to give a very special thank you to everyone who helped instill that drive and passion in me. My family, professors, coworkers, TA’s, classmates, advisers and all the others who have brought me to this point will always have my gratitude. What makes JHU special isn’t just the campus, the resources or the prestigious name–what really makes Hopkins special is the people, and they all deserve a special thank you for being by my side this entire journey. Like an infinite playlist, the people of Hopkins are incredibly diverse. There is someone of every genre, moving to all kinds of beats and doing so to the sound of their own instruments. There is no one defining type of Hopkins person, and just like Pandora, each person is free to create their own station based on their own preferences, or even to create multiple stations.
So, as I finish packing up my things, disassembling my furniture, and filling out senior exit interviews, I’ve come to one conclusion, a conclusion that perhaps I’ve known since my first visit to Hopkins back in 2009: This is the place for me, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I hope that over the past years, through SAAB, open houses, tours, forums, blogs and all the other various admissions activities that I’ve been able to inspire this passion for Hopkins to others. I look forward to using what I’ve gained here out in the real world, and I know that Hopkins has given me the best backing possible for future success.
Congratulations to the class of 2014, we made it!!!
For the last time: thanks for reading!
Current track: Sail by Awolnation