Covent Garden with Steph
Feeling inspired by the British culture around me, I’ve been jamming out a lot recently to “Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael” – its Pandora Station comes with my highest recommendation. It got me thinking about the “Best of JHU_Tess,” and so I decided to mark this very special occasion of my 50th blog for Hopkins-Interactive (!!!) with a look-back on the past 49 entries. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey as much as I have!
Homewood Bound: My first ever blog as a member of SAAB, I wrote this one after being on campus for only three weeks. As you will read, it was love from the very beginning. Here I introduce myself, talk about my classes, my dorm, my extra-curricular activities and some fun facts about myself. I also introduce my two cats (Jane and Charlotte) who will become prominent features of my later blogs!
Chipotle to Chaplin: I use an anecdote of me forgetting to go to class to highlight some of my favorite aspects about JHU. I discuss the amazing friends I made, the fantastic faculty I have connected with, and supportive atmosphere that characterizes JHU as a whole.
From Ridgewood to Homewood: In this blog I discuss some of my anxieties prior to coming to Hopkins – specifically my worries about leaving the support bubble of my friends and family back home in Ridgewood. I talk about how I keep in constant contact with all my loved ones from home – and have created a new home and support system here at JHU.
South Bank with Annie
Breaking Bread in B-Town: I reveal in this blog just how much my friends and I love to eat. I discuss my favorite restaurant haunts around campus, including the amazing combination of traditional diner food and Indian food that is Tamber’s, the delicious café Donna’s where I went on my very first visit to Hopkins, and the source of many late night sandwich runs, Uni-Mini. Make sure you hit up all of these local spots if you come down to Baltimore!
How Hopkins Happened: In this common blog, I reflect on the college admissions process, and how I came to be a Blue Jay. I describe the long journey that happily ends with my enrollment at Johns Hopkins. I end the blog with a few pieces of advice for prospective students including: listen to your parents, visit the school’s campus, get your essays done early, don’t believe everything you hear and make sure you thank your family when it’s over.
An Ode to Opportunities: I talk about the incredible environment that is Hopkins; a place that is teaming with extraordinary opportunities for you to take and amazing resources at your disposal. I discuss one of my favorite opportunities, our optional January term called Intersession, and one of my favorite resources, the Career Center (they helped me secure my dream internship for the summer!).
Thanksgiving with my best friends!
Course Compass: After my mom comments that she never reads about my academics in my blog, I discuss my academic life here at Hopkins. My first semester, I took Intermediate French, The United States Since 1929, Introduction to the Study of Film, Archaeology of Early Greece, and Great Books at Hopkins. I end again with a couple pieces of academic advice including try new subjects, be open-minded, learn time management and read through all the course listings.
Mad About Madrid: This blog was dedicated to describing what I did over our three week January term called Intersession Freshman year. I was afforded the opportunity to go and study in Madrid, which was an absolutely life changing experience for me. I took a class called Perspective on the History and Culture of Spain with a professor who was actually knighted in Spain for his work as a historian! I provide an itinerary for our twenty-one days to give you a detailed account of my time in Spain.
Howdy to the Hop: Although nostalgic for Spain, I discuss some of my favorite aspects of life at Hopkins. I call them my Four Fabulous Faves of college life including friends, FFC cookies, freedom and freshman.
Spring has Sprung (almost): Excited for spring, I write this blog in late February anticipating the events of that upcoming semester. I discuss my sorority Alpha Phi’s spring events, Hopkins three-day student run festival called Spring Fair and Homecoming. After attending everything I was looking forward to in this blog, I can say everything was even better than I anticipated.
MYTHBUSTERS: In one of my favorite blogs of the semester, I bust my five least favorite myths that people hear about Hopkins prior to visiting including the fact that everyone here is pre-med, Hopkins is in an extremely dangerous area, the students are cutthroat, the undergraduates are ignored that there is no social life. I was hoping to clarify for prospective freshman what life is really life on Homewood.
Fun at Camden Market.
Crash Course Guide to Surviving Midterms: In this blog, I cite how I survived the tough academic week that was Midterm Week. I advice that one should exercise, take advantage of the delicious cafes on campus, study with friends, meet with your T.A., and take study breaks.
Enough about me, let’s talk about me: Meet JHU_Tess: In this common blog, I share some of my “favorites,” and answer some important questions about my life at Hopkins.
We love JHU… Find out why!: In another one of my favorite blogs, I organize “WHY JHU_TESS LOVES HOPKINS” into five categories: Ability to Get Involved, Campus Accessibility, Student Population, Research Opportunities and Campus Events.
Your Typical Blue Jay: I dedicated this blog to answering the question, “how do you describe the typical Hopkins student?” I have found that the one overarching description applicable to all Hopkins students is passionate and divided the blog into Academics, Extra-curricular, Research and Post-graduation.
Freshmen Again: A Year in Highlights: After successfully completing my freshman year, I recap each of my blogs for my first nine months at JHU.
Pearls of Wisdom: Here I share pieces of advice I wish I had known before I started Hopkins, including don’t over pack, meet with your professors and TAs, learn to budget time, eat healthy, clean your suite and job searching is hard.
Roller Disco in London
Dear Graduate//Future Blue Jay: In a letter to the incoming freshman class, I share suggestions on how to make your transition to Hopkins as smooth as possible. This includes making a packing list, get pictures, spend time with friends and family, make money and get excited.
School is out and summer is in: In attempt to make the most of my downtime, I had a busy summer after freshman year. Here I share about interning at Teen Vogue, waitressing, my summer reading list and relaxing at the beach.
Hooked on Hop: Here I reflect on the unlikely features of JHU that made it my dream school. These are building uniformity, the campus, the city of Baltimore and the school colors.
Just the Essentials: Directed to perspective/incoming students in their pre-college shopping, I write about 10 Things in my dorm I could not live without.
Jay Talking: In my first post on my own personal blog, I outline what I plan on accomplishing as a sophomore and what I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year.
How to Tour like a Pro: Having recently gone through the college search process myself, I write about how to make the most of your on-campus visit.
373 Days Later…: This blog is a look at the first week of school through my eyes as both a freshman and as a sophomore.
Mrs. Lance Bass: In addition to admitting some embarrassing goals as a kindergartener (including marriage to Lance Bass), I talk about how as a prospective student I didn’t know what I was looking for or wanted to do with my life. I discuss how Hopkins hasn’t pigeon holed me into one particular academic field or path, and has allowed me to pursue my variety of interests outside of the classroom.
Rugby with my cousin Ellie
From Trash to Treasure: In an unconventional blog, I explore how the contents of my trash can reveal a lot of great things about my life at JHU.
Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in high school anymore: I share how I have transformed as a learner and pushed me to be more than just a conscientious and diligent student. I show a bleeding marked-up paper that I had recently received from one of my professors, and highlight how I’ve grown from the feedback.
An Affair to Remember: I compiled a slideshow of my favorite Hopkins memories from my first year and a half on Homewood. My technological prowess’s even include music!
One Fine Day: JHU_Tess’ Microblog of a Monday: In one of my favorite blogs, I take you through a detailed account of an average Monday for me as a sophomore.
In sickness and in health: After falling sick last Thanksgiving and spending several days in the hospital, I reflect on what I am thankful for including my amazing mother, my friends, the JHU support staff and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Write here at Homewood: I take a look back on my sophomore year classes, including Intro to the EU, Ancient Egyptian Civilization, Oceans & Atmospheres, Undergraduate Seminar in History and the Victorians.
Swanky breakfast at the Dorcester - THANKS DAD!!!
Semester Obsession: My Planner: In a common blog about our semester obsessions, being the nerd I am, I write about the one item I could not live without – my planner.
Inter(esting) Session: I share how I spent my sophomore year Intersession including traveling, relaxing, spending time with friends and family, training, interning and working on the Insider’s Guide.
Spring Phi-ver: This is the story of how stubborn JHU_Tess kept an open mind and decided to join greek life and became an Alpha Phi sister.
College Criteria: Here I highlight six of the main subjects visitors of JHU want to hear about, and link to my favorite blogs on the subjects. This includes topics like food, humanities, dorms, internships, greek life, and study abroad.
Meow Mania: Being the creepy cat lady that I am, I discuss my intense passion for the feline race, and my own beauties, Jane and Charlotte. I explain that here at Hopkins, no matter how socially acceptable (or unacceptable), you will find your niche at JHU.
Picture Perfect: A post dedicated to photographs of some of the things I love about Hopkins – the campus, the friends the memories.
By the numbers: As a nod to my one and only math class at JHU, I give insight into my life at Hopkins through numbers.
Why Hopkins: The Unexpected: The focus of my annual “Why Hopkins” blog posit is dedicated the aspects of Hopkins I wasn’t anticipating when handing in my deposit – the unexpectedly wonderful relationships I have formed since arriving on Homewood.
Teenage Dream: In yet another reflective mood, I share my top lessons learned from my teenage years as I prepare to turn 20.
The Annies and Stephs: As two of my best friends end their time at JHU, I write about how although our Hopkins time together has ended, its only opening the door to our next adventure together. (Both have visited me in London this past semester!)
One month down, six to go: I finish my first month of living abroad and discuss what I’ve been up to since arriving in London.
Surviving your first IRB application: After finally finishing my first IRB application, I write about the process of going through the Institutional Review Board process, a necessity if you’re hoping to do any sort of research on the JHU campus.
Where the time has gone: I timeline my first two years at JHU through photos and bullet points.
Propaganda for your parents: In attempt to bring awareness to the unfair stigma often associated with the humanities, I dedicate this blog to the amazing experience that is being a liberal arts student.
Lessons from a broad abroad: Side note – this was one of my favorite blog titles ever. After spending three months in London I discuss what I’ve learned from my experience living overseas.
Halloween trick or treating with Ellie
Across the Pond 2.0: I discuss coming back to London for my junior year semester abroad and the ways in which my experience this fall will be different from my summer here.
Everything happens for a reason: In one of my favorite blogs ever, I open up about my difficult early decision process, and how now three years later, I am more sure than ever that everything happens for a reason.
Hiatus from Homewood: A visual look at what I’ve been up to since I left Hopkins six months ago.
Hungering for Homewood: A few realizations I have come to over the past two months of studying at a different university that make me even more certain we have life real good at JHU.