As an American in London I sometimes feel as though I am speaking a different language. You’ll receive puzzled looks if you ask for an iced Americano with skim as 1. The ice-coffee fad is only just making its way across the Atlantic and 2. You order coffee with milk by asking for “white coffee.” You will not be able to find zip-lock bags at the grocery store as they do not exist, and “fancy dress party” actually means “costume party” – whoops.
In attempting to break the cultural barrier the other day, I had a slightly shocking realization. I was explaining to a colleague that I am a junior in college, which obviously meant nothing to him. I tried phrasing it another way; “I am halfway through my university years.” Wait, hold the phone I thought to myself, I am HALFWAY through my university years? Where had the time gone? No like actually, WHERE HAD THE TIME GONE???
Logically this all did not make sense to me. I refused to believe my freshman and sophomore years had passed by so quickly – I needed an explanation. So I did what I always do when I am feeling overwhelmed, I made a list.
It turned out to be more of a timeline than a list, highlighting all the major events that have happened to me since I came to JHU. As I jotted point after point, I slowly began to realize that the time had flown as I worked to make a home out of Homewood. Between friends and classes, activities and work, the past two years have been a whirlwind of new adventures and exciting opportunities. I thought I’d share some of the highlights:
I begin my very first semester of classes at JHU!
I receive my first paper back at JHU, and find it bleeding red with my professor’s comments. I realize for the first time that I’m not in high school anymore.
I go through my first Hopkins midterms with actual grades and learn some study techniques.