Now that all the hype over the 2012 Olympics are over and we can finally focus all of the worlds TV excitement towards some quality apex ocean predator themed programming, I hope that this blog post doesn’t seem too late in the worlds events, but hopefully you can all think back to last week and pretend the Olympics are still happening.
So, in Olympic fashion, I’ve decided to hold my own Hopkins themed games. There are no athletes, rather, there are various aspects of Hopkins. Instead of competing in sports, they will compete in quality added to the school. Instead of judges, it will basically just be my opinion. So, what are the events? Various Hopkins components will compete in: best dorm, best dining hall, best off campus restaurant, and best study spots. Let the games begin!
Best (Freshman) Dorm
Gold: As much as it truly pains me to admit it, I am going to have to go with Wolman for this one. If this were the non existent 2011 Hoplimpic games, I’d give it to the AMR’s, but with the new renovations Wolman got this year, I think it pulled ahead for the lead. What could beat the trifecta of air conditioning, a movie theater, and a gym that I would probably never use anyway?
Silver: AMR’s will go home with a sparkly silver, as a little piece of my heart will always lie in Willard house. Wolman may have all kinds of awesome features, but what it comes down to is that not having to clean my own bathroom is a major plus. That, and being right next to the FFC made getting my eat on super easy.
Bronze: I mean really, how could we give a gold or silver to a building that doesn’t even have a real name? Buildings A and B will take the bronze. They’re rather quiet for my taste, but I’m sure there are tons of people out there who like that, and being next to the AMR’s/FFC/Rec Center is also a plus.
Best Dining Hall
Gold: Charmar will get the gold here, which, coincidentally, is the same color as the cheddar cheese they put on their sandwiches. The variety (sushi, subs, paninis, salads, hot dogs, and a whole lot in between) gives Charmar the edge here, although you can’t use meal points (other than meals in a minute, but that’s like fake Charmar so it doesn’t really matter). You can also get beef jerky and queso dip, which is an awesome combination.
Silver: Like the AMR’s, the FFC will always have a special spot in my heart. That spot just happens to be a clog in my arteries. The pros of the FFC lie in its convenience and proximity to basically everything, as well as the reasonably impressive variety it offers, although sometimes it does get kind of boring.
Bronze: Levering Hall, although to be honest I don’t have much experience going there. It’s not that I’ve ever been disappointed, more that it both doesn’t take meal swipes (which I always seemed to have an abundance of) and is kind of out of the way compared to where I usually am around lunch time. Bronze medal for you, Levering!
Best Off-Campus Restaurant
Gold: This shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone who knows me, but the gold goes to Chipotle. It’s just such a classic, like the 1992 “Dream Team”, but with Bugs Bunny and Bill Murray on it too, sort of a quantum “Space Jam meets Olympics And Michael Jordan Is On Both Teams” type deal. Totally gets the gold, no question.
Silver: A Hopkins must-dine-at, Tambers is the kind of place that you’ll run into someone that you know almost every time you go there. The menu is overwhelming–there really isn’t much that they won’t serve, and all at very reasonable prices so you can have plenty left over for more food.
Bronze: For some reason, I feel like Ajumma is the kind of place where you either know about it and love it or have never even acknowledged that it exists. Known for its bulgogie (honestly, I have zero idea how to spell that, and my spell check doesn’t offer any help, and I don’t feel like Googling it), Ajumma is always a quality meal.
Best Study Spots
Gold: Not going to lie, I haven’t even been there, but the newly opened Brody Learning Commons looks sick. When my Facebook feed is blowing up from people talking about how cool it is when they went the first time, I’m actually excited to get to see the completed project in a few weeks.
Silver: There are few study spots at any school where looking up has the same awing look as the upward view in the Gilman Atrium. The newly renovated area is a work of art in and of itself, plus you are basically studying on top of a mummy, which is kind of cool in a creepy way.
Bronze: You can’t really have a study spot medal ceremony without mentioning the library. That’s like having a sprinting event and not having Bolt win everything. With a level for each type of study personality, we couldn’t let the MSE Library go home without something to put on the mantle next to pictures of mom and dad.
Well, there you have it, consider this the closing ceremony of the Hoplimpic games. I’d write more, but my friend from Baltimore, Michael, wanted a swim lesson so I’m going to go show him a thing or two.
Thanks for reading and thanks to my friend Paige for the blog inspiration!
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