An embarrassing fact of life is that I rely heavily on the advice I receive from my daily horoscope. I’m not going to say that I make important life decisions based on what the stars reveal, but I’m also not going to say that I don’t.
So when the new year rolled around, I anxiously awaited for the verdict from my astrologers – what did 2013 have in store for me?
I am delighted and relieved to announce that the upcoming year will be one of great productivity for me. Apparently success will meet us Taurii in most areas of life so now is the time to capitalize on them.
In light of such a positive forecast, I have decided to make a list of New Years Resolutions that will hopefully be realized now that the stars are aligned. Enjoy!
Learn to cook. Both my parents are amazing cooks, which you would think would have fostered a love of cooking in me, but really all it has done is foster a love of eating. Now that I am living in my beautiful new apartment, there’s really no excuse anymore for my ineptitude in the kitchen. Juniors and seniors typically live off campus at JHU, and now that I’m one of them (read no meal plan) I believe it’s time to improve my culinary prowess.
Beat my half-marathon time. Last spring I ran my first half-marathon with my mom in Central Park. To understand this feat, imagine a dying walrus trying to move through quick sand. That’s me running. But I persevered and managed to complete all 13.1 miles. I even ran a 20K this fall in Paris with my roommate Dana! I am hoping to continue this upward trend by beating last year’s time this April. I think I need to add some cross-training into my running plan, which might consist of fitness classes at our Rec Center. They’re fun, cheap and a great workout. Maybe I’ll even manage to lose the walrus resemblance!
Get out of comfort zone. When signing up for classes this semester, I pushed myself to diversify my schedule a little bit and take a new subject. This came in the form of Intro to Sociology (that JHU_Ruthie is also enrolled in)! Having such a flexible curriculum at Hopkins has allows you to take so many different subjects – I want to make sure I take advantage of this opportunity!
Explore Baltimore. Friends abroad kept hating on the city of Baltimore, without having any sort of foundation or proof for that bias. In attempt to prove them wrong, I have decided to dedicate this semester to better exploring all the wonderful and quirky aspects of this city, which will of course be documented in this blog. JHU_Kate has an amazing knowledge of Baltimore, so hopefully I bully her into showing me her favorite haunts.
Enjoy Homewood. After 8 months away, I want to use this semester to soak up the Hopkins love. Intersession, Rush, Spring Fair, Homecoming – the list goes on and on. There’s really no place like Home.