I was reading an article the other day on ways for you and your wallet to survive the holiday gift-giving season. One of their suggestions was to reuse gifts, and while I don’t think I re-giving presents is for me, it did inspire me to re-use a former blog idea. In a flash of genius my sophomore year (there haven’t been many since then), I wrote about the contents of my dorm room trashcan, called “From Trash to Treasure.” Now at face value, I know, this topic seems boring and probably a little gross. But I what I was trying to do was highlight some unique aspects of campus life through an unconventional medium. Still hanging onto my glory days/former genius, I decided to reuse the topic for a senior year edition. Enjoy!
Empty sprinkle box. Last Monday was our last SAAB meeting of the semester (SAAB is the student group that brings your Hopkins Interactive). It also meant that it was JHU_Kate’s last SAAB meeting ever, as she’s graduating Hopkins early and leaving us for the real world. While obviously we are all so proud of Kate for getting her dream job in SAN FRANCISCO, I am selfishly pouting to lose my SAABestie. Kate is an integral part to keeping this site running and our group focused, and I am going to miss her company so much. To mourn celebrate Kate’s departure, JHU_Nick and I made her farewell cupcakes, thus the empty sprinkle container!
One of my favorite aspects of JHU is all the different communities that I’m apart of. From my SAAB family to my Alpha Phi sisters to my fellow history majors, I really feel at home here on Homewood. I’m so sad to say goodbye to Kate, but I’m so grateful that Hopkins brought us together and can’t wait to visit her in California.
Draft of Ottoman and European Regional Reactions to New Commodities. This was a draft of a paper I recently wrote for my Early Modern Mediterranean history class. This period and geographical area, particularly in respect to the Ottoman Empire, was a huge gap in my historical education. I really knew nothing about it, other than that at one point the Ottomans were really powerful and then all of a sudden they were gone. Needless to say I had a lot to learn. This class has been really enlightening and interesting. In this paper, I wrote about the introduction of caffeinated beverages in Western Europe and the reception of the Ottomans to the new tobacco usage. In this paper, I argued that you could see a growing culture of pleasure emerging across all of the Mediterranean at this time, and I comment on the Islamic acceptance of these new commodities despite intense initial resistance. Such a cool paper topic!
Deflated balloons. These balloons are left over from Alpha Phi’s first ever Family Weekend Social, an event that I organized/executed! The idea came from my mother actually, who once complained to me that her friends get to go to events for their daughter’s sororities but my JHU Alpha Phi never does any of the sort. I realized she was right, and that it was completely wrong for us not to host the parents in some form, so as Vice President of Programming and Education, I hosted our first Family Weekend Social over Family Weekend last month. It was so much fun to meet my friend’s parents, and have my mom enjoy all of my hard work. A local cafe called Carma’s catered, and so the food was delicious. I loved the experience of organizing and executing such a large-scale event, and am grateful for the opportunity to have a leadership position in such a wonderful organization.
Amtrak ticket. A great aspect of Hopkins is its accessibility to the rest of the East Coast, New York in particular. Three weekends ago I traveled up to the city to do research for my thesis the New York Public Library. Even though I’ve lived outside of New York my whole life, I had never been inside the building! Needless to say, I was awed. I spent the day working with primary sources, in particular, editions of the British periodical, Picture Post, in order to help contextualize the period I am studying. It was amazing to hold pages that were literally (almost) crumbling in my hands, and slightly scary I was being trusted with them. Such a cool experience for me as a budding historian.
Wrapping paper. The holiday season had me feeling all happy and festive so I got a jump start on my Christmas present wrapping. But after remembering that I am quite possibly the worst gift wrapper ever, my mood was slightly dampened. Since, I have watched several Martha Stewart videos online, and think I have got the handle on wrapping a present that doesn’t look like a three year-old did it, but no promises. Thanks to my many failed attempts, my garbage can is now stuffed with unsuccessful paper. I was, however, greatly cheered up by all the Hopkins holiday spirit with Lighting of the Quads (JHU_Sydney wrote about it here) and other festive events!
I hope this post, though initially questionable in topic, has actually proved somewhat useful in helping to gain better insight into campus life!