But Autumn Came

The only thing I love more than fall is talking about how much I love fall. Each October 1st, I do a happy dance, because that means it’s time for the most wonderful time of the year: my birthday, Halloween, apple cider, crunchy leaves, sweater weather. Ugh. I love it. Always have.

I know spring is technically the season for rebirth, but the fall always feels so raw and promising and full of opportunity. Spring can have rebirth; call fall my reawakening.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

I thought my love for fall couldn’t grow anymore. Then I got to college. There’s something so distinctly collegiate feeling about traipsing across a quad with gorgeous orange leaves, a scarf around your neck, a textbook under your arm. It’s so idyllic and maybe even cliche, but there’s nothing like it.

Hopkins does fall right.

Case in point:

Hoptoberfest There’s an organization on campus completely dedicated to throwing an annual fall fest. Seriously. Think pumpkin patches, cider and mulled wine tastings (for those of age!!), pumpkin patches, live music, giveaways, and s’mores cookouts. It’s an incredibly fun week where the campus comes alive in the spirit of fall.

Foliage Like I said, fall is quintessential college. And Hopkins looks darn good in shades of orange. Walking to class and seeing the changing leaves really makes me feel like a student.

LOOK!! at these colors!

LOOK!! at these colors!

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my favorite tree on campus looks cute in red

Farms galore Seriously, what is fall without a visit to a pumpkin patch/orchard? There are tons of local farms just a quick drive from campus. Each year, I’ve found it incredible easy to satisfy the voice inside my head demanding hay rides and pumpkin picking.

orchard lyfe

orchard lyfe

Drinks Hopkins has two Starbucks within a two block radius. You could bang-bang PSLs. Also, Carma’s Cafe has the best hot cider. Bible.

Fall Foods The Waverly Farmer’s Market is the best in the fall. I got a funky lookin’ gourd for $1! Also guaranteed to see lots of squash, pumpkin pie, pumpkins, and other fall favorites. All for pretty cheap, just a few blocks away from campus. Carma’s also has amazing pumpkin oatmeal cookies and pumpkin coffee cake. Just go to Carma’s.

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farmer’s market finds

~Spooky~ Lore Baltimore is an old, old city, which means that there’s been plenty of time for the city to acquire all kinds of spooky history and stories. Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe died in Baltimore? A mysterious person has left a bottle of cognac at his grave for almost eighty years. Baltimore especially embraces its creepy history in the fall, when Fells Point ghosts tours seem particularly appropriate.

Halloween Fells Point is the place to be for the best holiday. The main square becomes packed with people wearing some of the most elaborate costumes you’ve ever seen. Fells goes all out.

Friends who embrace my love of fall My friends totally encourage me to bellow “I LOVE FALL!” whenever I step outside. Or at least they don’t laugh. And they attend live productions of Rocky Horror with me. And Emelynn is 100% gung-ho for year round Halloween decorations.

this is the 5th skeleton hanging in our living room

this is the 5th skeleton hanging in our living room

Thesis: I love fall, and Hopkins has treated me to the best four autumns ever.

A Year In(stagram) Review | Pt. 2

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:

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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?!

 

 

 

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36 weeks ago: You just don’t live in Baltimore if you don’t Insta Camden Yards.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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32 weeks ago: My first day @ groove 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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25 weeks ago: Hopkins gives me a million new reasons to love Fall.

 

 

 

 

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23 weeks ago: I think I took this over Thanksgiving break… I live right by Loch Raven Reservoir, and it’s my happy place.

 

 

 

 

 

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23 weeks ago: Another Thanksgiving break pic. We get a whole week (or more!!!) off– plenty of time to spend with the homedog.

 

 

 

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22 weeks ago: My family is obsessed with oysters. If you are too, then come to Baltimore. You’ll be in Paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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1 week ago: I aggressively love trees. Here is a pretty tree ft Gilman.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.