It’s December, which used to indicate snowflakes and Santa and reindeer, and now indicates finals…and presentations…and papers…and finals. Gotta say, those 20 days in December between the 1st and the end of finals are probably not my favorite of the year, but Hopkins does do what it can to bring out the holiday spirit in our studying, highly-caffeinated souls.
Every year, we have lighting of the quads, and I’ve got to say, freshman year…well…it was a bust. It just was a little…erm…anticlimactic. However, in the past 4 years I’ve been here, it has improved incredibly. This year and last year, there were fireworks all in front of Gilman, which is our central building on campus and the head of the main quad. Basically everyone I knew was there, and everyone I didn’t know, too. It was like a sea of people coming out to be together to bring in the winter season.
Free things are a big draw to college kids, so lighting of the quads made sure to include some. There were mugs for the seniors, though sadly, there were not enough so I did not get one. Sad day. Then there were free flashing snowflakes and sparklers, which were really fun and helped me locate my friends in the dark. Lastly, there was food, because let’s be real…we all want food. Obviously.
What I really like about lighting of the quads is how it shows the spirit of the Hopkins community. A lot of the biomedical engineering students had a presentation that day, and we were all still out there in our suits, ties, and/or heels. While my heels may never forgive me (or my feet, for that matter), it felt good to be part of the Hopkins community. It is memories like these that I hope to take with me when I graduate.
After all the lights and holiday cheer comes time to buckle down and study for my finals. This semester, I have some of my toughest classes ever, and I am a little worried. That being said, my friends and I are finding ways to cut the tension. My friend, Allison, has her birthday in the middle of finals, so that’ll be fun to celebrate. I’ve also enjoyed finding my friends their Christmas gifts on the internet, because shopping is a completely acceptable therapy option, in my opinion. No matter the stress of finals, I hope this last December at Hopkins will be the best one yet!