Last year, I wrote about how terrified I was of being halfway done with college. I distinctly remember writing that blog, pouring over my photos of sophomore year, shocked with disbelief that it was 50% done. But now, I’m really, truly, 75% done. And looking back over last year’s photos, they simultaneously feel like a day and a lifetime ago.
Here’s another Instagram blog, only this time, I’ll share the sentiment that I cannot believe I have one year left here. I think I’m a senior now ?!??!
These are my pictures from junior year: the small moments I chose to publish online to 500 people (or more). What I find so interesting looking back is that while social media presences are highly curated, they are hardly defining. I love the pictures I chose to publish, but they say very little about me. In between two pictures, I was going through an incredibly hard, trying time. These pictures show the prettiness of my junior year, but not the realness. Not the tears and the stressed-out nights–honestly, not even the good times either. They don’t capture me and Emelynn stealing a bamboo stalk from a daytime party and carrying it around Charles Village. They don’t capture the bliss of our huge snow day, when students played in the streets. They’re just visual stand-ins for memories.
Okay. Media studies rant over.
note: I omitted some Instagrams that were a little inappropro for an admissions blog, i.e. a canvas that I painted that features some very interesting Kanye lyrics. Just full discretion here.
Onto the fun stuff:
38 weeks ago: I took this while walking back to my car after working in admissions over the summer. I’m obsessed with this random door; what’s its story?!
36 weeks ago: You just don’t live in Baltimore if you don’t Insta Camden Yards.
36 weeks ago: Megan and I
begged recruited freshmen to join the admissions office as volunteers. The giant blue jay stayed inflated just long enough for this fire pic.
35 weeks ago: Blue Moon Cafe was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I got the iconic Captain Crunch french toast, and it did not disappoint! Surprisingly savory. Not cloying. 10/10.
35 weeks ago: I get asked a lot by prospective students if there are any beaches near campus. Let this picture stand as evidence that I’m not lying when I say, “Yes! Only about an hour away.”
34 weeks ago: I took this before my first class at the Film Centre. I was one of the first students to ever step inside! P cool.
33 weeks ago: A student group called JIGL (Jews in Greek Life; pronounced like “jiggle”) throws parties downtown throughout the semester. Lots of bad 90s pop + cheesy decorations + Emelynn and Jack = my kind of party.
32 weeks ago: My first day @ groove 🙂 🙂
30 weeks ago: Pete’s Grille is like a 10-15 minute walk from campus and has the best chocolate chip pancakes. I took this on the walk back!
30 weeks ago: I’m obsessed with beautiful lighting. Megan and I were sitting on the Beach eating pizza and this perfect sunlight happened and… I started crying. I’m such a sap.
29 weeks ago: This is the view from the Centre if you’re looking across North Ave. I really love this part of Baltimore; Station North is so funky.
26 weeks ago: There’s this amazing store in Hampden called Trohv. Seriously, if you’re in town, check it out. Really cute gift-y type stuff. They create really creative seasonal window displays– the other window said “Merryland.”
26 weeks ago: Emelynn and I are obsessed with Halloween. This year, we took on the twins from the Shining. Oh, and this is the inside of the illustrious CharMar.
25 weeks ago: Hopkins gives me a million new reasons to love Fall.
23 weeks ago: I think I took this over Thanksgiving break… I live right by Loch Raven Reservoir, and it’s my happy place.
23 weeks ago: Another Thanksgiving break pic. We get a whole week (or more!!!) off– plenty of time to spend with the homedog.
22 weeks ago: My family is obsessed with oysters. If you are too, then come to Baltimore. You’ll be in Paradise.
21 weeks ago: After my last day at Groove, I walked to Fells to catch my favorite view in the city during sunset. It was v v v magnificent.
18 weeks ago: I went through a little hiatus of Instagramming: finals, personal stuff, etc etc. This is from Christmas break, and I think it resembles some of the ~clarity~ that I found during that three week period of chilling out and not posting to social media.
17 weeks ago: I was back at Hopkins for Intersession, and I kicked off the lax period by going to the BMA. I took this in the museum’s contemporary wing. Not pictured: amazing, ginormous Andy Warhol Prints; a giant lip-looking thing that you can sit on.
17 weeks ago: Mt Vernon is home to Peabody, and is so, so pretty. Not pictured: a friend jokingly commenting, asking if this is Europe.
14 weeks ago: We had a ginormous snowstorm here in Baltimore, and it delayed the beginning of the spring semester and completely shut down the city for a few days. I hunkered down with Danny and watched movies. A+ time.
13 weeks ago: From my social media presence, you probably wouldn’t automatically assume I’m in a sorority. But after serving as a recruitment chair and planning this whole shindig, it warranted a very sleep-deprived Insta.
11 weeks ago: I skipped class and traveled to DC to interview for my internship at Karson Butler, and ended up popping into the Renwick. Everyone was at work, which meant I pretty much had the museum to myself.
7 weeks ago: For Spring Break, I played it low key and hung around home. I got some much-needed R&R and quality time with mommy & doggie.
6 weeks ago: Okay, holy cow, I cannot believe this was 6 weeks ago. I remember sitting on my couch after class posting this exact photo. But I guess it had to have been 6 weeks ago– the trees are now lush and green. I love, love, love all of the magnolias and other flowering trees on campus. They make springtime so pretty.
3 weeks ago: I (again) skipped class to complete a venue walkthrough for my internship. The guy on the train ride home initiated in conversation with me, and was very #rude about my career. Don’t worry, I put my headphones in and stopped talking to him.
2 weeks ago: You’ve probably read/heard a million times about Spring Fair. It’s seriously as fun as they say. Especially when your mom & step-dad show up and become the coolest people there.
1 week ago: I aggressively love trees. Here is a pretty tree ft Gilman.
1 week ago: For Earth Day, I posted this pic that I took in Maine during the summer before sophomore year. Seriously hard to believe this picture is that old. That I’m that old.
1 week ago: For film production classes like Lost & Found Film, there are workshop-style critique sessions with other film professors. I took this picture right before mine. Professors liked my film, and I got a cool picture on a beautiful 70-something degree day.
1 week ago: Taken on one of my last walks to the library for this year. I was about to start a hefty, lofty paper about Holocaust film. I’ve since finished it, turned it in, and forgotten about it.
As I said, it’s crazy to see my year wrapped up so prettily in a series of edited pictures. These pictures do say a lot about me, and represent real moments and experiences. But there’s so much that they don’t tell. I hope that they do lend some insight into a year in the life of a Hopkins junior. When I post my final yearly review next year, I hope that they show what it’s like to be a Hopkins senior. And I hope that Hopkins senior did everything she wanted to do.