The End

A little less than four years ago, I was gearing up for the annual Comotto family reunion in Ocean City. I had a month before heading to JHU. And a day before heading to the beach. I didn’t know it at the time, but that frenzied, flustered Saturday turned out to be my first blogging […]

The Rookie

Aggressive. Young. Fearless. I got off of the elevator on my first day at Under Armour, and those were the words proudly displayed right outside of my office, jutting out from a gorgeous, wooden wall. My first glimpse of all of the wonder and madness that was to come. I was nervous. Star-of-a-deodorant-commercial nervous. And […]


All things considered, I had a pretty good year. 2016 may be widely regarded as one giant dumpster fire, but for me, at least personally, it was the year that so many things fell into place. It ran circles around 2015, its evil predecessor, and with the plunge into the post-grad world looming in 2017, […]

The Secret to Surviving Hopkins

I think it was my freshman spring when I first heard the ~Hopkins myth~ that people don’t really work together on schoolwork. Like there’s some imaginary percentage of the JHU population that barricades themselves away in secluded corners of D Level (whoops, never been) to hiss at anyone who wants to tackle a problem set […]

The Comeback Kid

Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog about the bad days. To recap, Junior fall was the roughest semester I’ve had to date. I was an exhausted, anxious, heartbroken mess of an undergrad for what seemed like an eternity, even though things were on the up and up by the time February rolled in. […]

I Wish I’d Known

WELCOME TO HOMEWOOD, CLASS OF 2020! It warms my elderly, senior heart to see campus so alive and hopping (lol) after the ghost-town days of summer. The start of the school year and sudden arrival of a thousand fresh faces never fails to make me nostalgic. This is quadrupled by the air of finality that […]

The Last Summer

I know what you’re thinking: Where in the world has JHU_Allison been?! A more appropriate question to ask is where in the world haven’t I been. Maybe I’m exaggerating. (I’m definitely exaggerating.) But suffice it to say that I have done more with this summer than the past twenty combined. I’ve powered through my most […]

Surviving Week One

Okay, okay, okay. Technically this past week wasn’t the first week of classes. Winter storm Jonas saw to that, ensuring that the Hopkins population had a nice and easy start to the spring semester. I could have used my snow days to get organized, maybe even get ahead on some required reading, but instead I […]

The Freshman Fifteen

Christmas has come and gone, and we all have the leftovers, Instas, and gift receipts to prove it. Now before we let the holiday spirit wane, I’d like to offer up a slightly belated gift to the new class of 2020 (CONGRATS, KIDDOS!!). It’s the only freshman fifteen you’ll ever want to receive: a Hopkins […]

For the Bad Days

There are good days, bad days, forgettable days, memorable days, meh days, yay days, days you dread for months, and days you wish would last just shy of forever. You could fill a whole Dr. Seuss book with ‘em, a la Red Fish, Blue Fish, One Fish…you get it. Insert a metaphor about how life […]