In almost a hundred different posts, I have discussed why Johns Hopkins has been the perfect home for me over these past four years. In my last blog ever for Hopkins Interactive, I would like to say thank you to the people who made it happen. It is with a heart full of immense gratitude and love that I tip my graduation cap off to you.
Thank you to my professors. You were the people who made it easy to get out of bed every morning. You were the ones who provided me with the opportunity to study subjects as eclectic as my interests, allowing me to go from the world of the ancient Egyptians to the world of homeless in Baltimore all in the span of two classes. Although sometimes my papers were bloodied with red marks, you pushed me to my limits as a writer, researcher and thinker. There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for what Professor Walkowitz, my thesis advisor, did for me. The hours I spent in her office, pouring over her comments on my research and fiercely debating sections of my thesis were some of my favorite moments as an undergraduate, and it was because of my work with her that I am going to graduate school in the fall.
Thank you to my classmates. There times you made me feel incredibly inept, but more often than not you were inspiring me to reach my full potential as a student. Your comments in class awed me, and your commitment to academia made me feel at home. Never before have I been in such a concentration of intelligent and passionate people, and I doubt I will ever experience it again.
Thank you to the History department. From the very first history class I took freshman fall to every history class since then, you’ve affirmed time and again why I chose to study this subject. Filling my major requirements was easy, as there were multiple history classes a semester I was desperate to take. The green-eyed monster in me enviously already checked out the course selection for fall 2014, and they’re spectacular.
Thank you to my SAAB family. Hopkins Interactive provided my first community on campus, and it is probably the community I’m saddest to say goodbye to. Daniel, you took a chance on me as a freshman and hired me to the position I still occupy in the Admissions office today. Shelly, you took me in after Daniel left and filled my time in Mason with laughter and warmth. Chelsea, there were times in the past two years where I feared for the future of my beloved SAAB, but I know the group’s future is only bright with you in charge and I’m only sad I won’t be there to witness it. Thank you to my co-workers Joe, Jackie, Genevieve, Nick and Kate for making this the best job on campus. Baby G, going into my senior year I thought I was all done making life long friendships at JHU, but then you came along and we clicked like Slytherin and snakes. Nick, you have frustrated me more than any other person in Mason, but you’ve also made me laugh more than anyone else too. Hoboken summer 2014! Kate, I miss you every single time I sit down at our desks. Mason hasn’t been the same without your sense of humor, awesome fashion, crazy intelligence and wonderful heart. And thank you to SAAB for bringing JHU_Kevin into my life. I didn’t know my kindred spirit was out there being a more fabulous and sassy version of myself, but I’m so grateful to have found him.
Thank you to my friends. Dana, Amanda, Annie, Ruthie, Steph, Hannah and Rory: you were the ones who’s shoulders I leaned on when the going got tough. You dealt with my incessant bitching, my constant stressing and general moodiness, and somehow still want to spend time with me. My best memories of college have been with you, and I cannot wait for the adventures to come. Meeting you all was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Thank you to the Wilson Fellowship. Participating in undergraduate research was truly a life altering experience for me, and I have the Wilson Fellowship to thank for that. Entrusting me to work on an independent project of such magnitude helped to inspire my love of research and empowered me with the experience necessary to attend graduate school in the fall. Ami, your support and kindness makes you one of Homewood’s true gems.
Thank you to my family. You were the ones who have been there every step of the way. With encouraging words, funny texts, frequent visits and above all, overwhelmingly love, you kept me motivated and kept me happy. It’s hard to imagine a closer group than us, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The greatest blessing in my life has always and will always be you guys.
Thank you to Johns Hopkins. It’s hard to articulate how many doors this school has opened for me. I knew coming in that I would have a lot of opportunities coming into JHU, but I never imagined I would have accomplished this much upon graduation. I’ve posted almost 100 blogs, served as a vice president of my sorority, worked 3 summer internships, wrote a senior honors thesis, studied abroad three different times and did independent research all while holding an on-campus job and keeping a Dean’s List GPA. Yes I worked hard for all these things, but not many environments would have been able to facilitate them happening. Johns Hopkins is one of a kind, and I am honored to have been a student here. Anything I achieve in my future will be because of the foundations I built here at JHU.
To all these people, and the many more not mentioned, thank you. I am not the same person or scholar who arrived on campus four years ago. You pushed me, you supported me, you inspired me. I am the graduate I am today because of you. Thank you.