Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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Posted by Wafa K. | Posted on August 22, 2011


Always toward absent lovers love’s tide stronger flows.

Sextus Propertius

I have always been adamant about my need to not spend my summers at Hopkins. I love the university, the quads, The Buildings, the lecture halls (besides Mudd 26), the restaurants in Baltimore, my friends, my apartment, watching football at PJs, my Tutorial kids, etc all the other things that make my life at Hopkins so great. But I need to be away for a few months of the year, I need to go home to Alexandria and be in the house that I’ve lived in since I was thirteen and hang out with my parents and sisters everyday, go for walks in the park behind our house, hit up my library and DC on a continual basis – because these are the things that calm my mind and relax my soul. And that is exactly the medicine that is needed to get ready for another (and my last?!?!) hectic and amazing year at Hopkins.

I don’t know if I have mentally prepared myself for another grueling year at Hopkins. I have a tendency of forgetting the hours of hard work, the stress and the anxiety that rules my life for weeks on end. But all I have to do is remind myself of the people I love at Hopkins, the experiences I enjoy, the moments of pure learning and exploration and the support system I’ve found there and I am reassured that I will not only survive my last year, but perhaps even thrive.

Look out for one last blog entry before school officially begins next week, I have some pre-senior year holy-cow thoughts I’ll be sharing. And just in case you ever wondered where the saying from which this post take’s it name comes from, you can thank the Roman poet Sextus Propertius.

The best thing about school starting again – that would be the English Premiere League and Serie A starting up again. Liverpool won at the Emirates against Arsenal for the first time in eleven years, suffice to say, I was over the moon! Enjoy the last week of August everyone!

Happy LFC makes me incredibly happy.

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