The past week has been eventful to say the least. I fell sick last Wednesday, and have pretty much been bed-ridden every since. But, I can finally say that after two hospital ER visits and countless bottles of ginger ale, I am definitely on the mend.
This trying week has really made me appreciate my life here at JHU, and the loving friends and family that support me. So it seems appropriate on this holiday to dedicate this blog to how thankful I am to go to a school like Hopkins, and how lucky I feel to have such amazing people in my life.
Although I am thankful for my mother everyday of the year, this past week she really went above and beyond the call of duty. After rushing down to Baltimore last Thursday night to take me to the ER, she has dedicated every moment since to my recovery. She held my hand during my spinal tap, fetched me Panera when I was hungry, and washed throw-up off my Frye boots. Probably my favorite moment was when she threatened the doctor who performed my Lumbar blood patch that if he messed up, she would personally hunt him down and beat him up – needless to say he quaked in his scrubs. She is the most incredible person I know, and I don’t know what I would have done without her.
I am thankful for my amazing friends who have been blowing up my phone since I got sick with texts and calls of well wishes. I didn’t know how I was going to survive without my Ridgewood friends when I left home a year and a half ago, but I’ve come to realize that I’ve created a new home here at Homewood. I love that now when I scroll through my inbox I see messages from friends I’ve known since pre-school as well as friends I’ve only known since coming to Baltimore. College has made me appreciate these new friendships, while valuing the old at the same time.
I am thankful that I go to a school that makes the well being of its students the number one priority. Once the Dean of student life was notified of my illness, she alerted all of my professors of my absence and secured homework extensions even though it was a Sunday! It was so comforting to know that the university wanted me to focus on getting well, and that I did not have to stress about my schoolwork at a time when I was so ill.
I am thankful that I go to school in Baltimore, because of its accessibility and access to world-renown medical facilities. Living in a city means it’s easy to travel back and forth to home, and not just for students like me who can take Amtrak. My best friend Steph lives in Pasadena, CA and was able to fly out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport this past week to be home with her family on Thanksgiving. For East-Coasters like myself, home is just one quick train ride away. This accessibility allowed my mom to be at my side in Baltimore three hours after it was decided I needed hospital care.
Living in Baltimore also means that Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the greatest medical facilities in the world, is just a cab ride away. When I got sick, it was so reassuring to know that I would be receiving the best treatment possible for my illness. Hopkins has so much to offer, and its location in the city of Baltimore is just one of the many amazing things.
On this very Thanksgivings Day I found out I had even more to be grateful for – I received word today that I have been offered an internship at a London publishing house for this upcoming summer. Words cannot express my excitement over this incredible opportunity, and I know that it would not have been possible if I hadn’t come to JHU. The Hopkins name opens doors, and not just for students in the Natural Sciences or Engineering. Additionally the resources available on campus, like the Career Center, prepare students to succeed in the real world, providing them with the education and means to obtain internships in any field.
So as the smell of turkey wafts through my house, I must conclude this blog. I am so thankful for the friends who love me, the family who supports me, the school that challenges me, and the mash potatoes that are about to fatten me. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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