As weird as it is to write that the summer is winding down, it’s true. In just a few weeks I’ll be back on the Homewood campus (in the Homewood apartments no less). As I count down the days till I’m back at the Hop, I think a top five countdown of what I’m most excited for in this upcoming semester is fitting.
Some of my best friends at school I met day one, when I moved into Wilson house. Others, I picked up over the course of the year through classes, clubs etc. I had a busy summer and wasn’t able to see as many of my friends as I would’ve liked so it’s incredibly exciting to know I’ll be back with everyone in a five minute radius in just a few weeks.
As nerdy as this is to admit, I’m excited to get back to learning. I struggled in a big way last semester when it came to academics, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make that right. This semester I’m also going to be taking some really interesting classes, one on German thought in a variety of disciplines, and another focusing on Marxist thought. Both classes should be really thought provoking and I’m not even so distraught at the idea of how many essays I’m going to have to write. Definitely a good sign.
3. Living alone
This year I’ll be living in a single in Homewood. While a lot of my close friends will be on my floor, this is the first time I’ve ever lived completely alone. I’m going to be cooking for myself, decorating my own apartment, (cue lots of posters of The Wire) and basically doing my best real life adult impression. I’m sure it’ll get messy, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.
4. Research Opportunities
Having spent most of summer break doing genetics research, it would feel a bit odd to not have pipetting and centrifuging remain a part of my everyday life. I plan on applying for some sort of research either on the Homewood campus or at the medical school to continue to get more experience in the lab.
Possibly the greatest discovery I had all of freshman year was the Papermoon Diner. Equal parts quirky and delicious, I don’t know if I had a better meal all of last year mushroom and feta omelet at Papermoon. Despite the fact that I’ll be able to cook myself whatever meal I want in my apartment, knowing that just a short walk away from campus, I’ll be able to have the meal of a lifetime whenever I want is definitely reason enough to be excited to go back to Baltimore.