Last week, for the first time in a long time, I checked something off my college bucket-list. Hopkins, known for being an incredible research university, offers a number of opportunities for funding for undergraduate research. I, finally having a project I deemed worthwhile (essentially an explication of the development of Hungarian philosophical thought from 1940-1960) decided to apply for a Deans Undergraduate Research Award. Hopefully, over the summer, which I will be spending in Hungary with my relatives, I’ll be able to pursue this project and interview philosophy professors and historians familiar with that time period. But aside from pesky grant proposals, I just returned to campus from sunny Palm Beach, Florida.It’s not often with a busy Hopkins schedule that you can take time away from class to relax.
Luckily, the stars aligned, and I was able to get away for a few days with my girlfriend. I was able to reflect during that time a little bit, on how the past few months have shaken out. I wrote not so long ago about the terrifying nature of the uncertain future, but I neglected to write about how spectacular everything leading up to this point has been. The end of last year to the present has undoubtedly been the best period of my time here at Hopkins. Why? In short, it seems as though everything has clicked. By that I mean my intellectual interests have continued to flourish, I feel exceptionally engaged in my classes, I’ve finally found things I am passionate learning about. My courses in metaphysics, ancient Greek philosophy, and philosophy of science are all subjects in which I feel confident I could build a career. More importantly, I legitimately enjoy going to class everyday, and I for the first time in a long time, don’t feel a strain of doing work, rather I enjoy all the readings and class discussions. Aside from having found my feet academically, socially it’s nice to be in a groove. While I was lucky not to have a difficult transition period my freshman fall, moving out of the dorms can be difficult. I was lucky last year to have many of my closest friends just a door or two away. Now, I still live with some of my closest friends in a house, while others are scattered around campus. Sure everyone is located in a 3-5 block radius, but with busy schedules full of classes, clubs, and the occasional sleep, it can be hard to find time to connect with people. Recently however,I’ve made more of a priority on spending time with friends. The old adage seems to ring true, relationships are work too, and you need to devote time to them. All in all, things are good by me.