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.

Planning It Out

Internships are scary!

Scratch that. I’ve had amazing experiences with internships, it’s just that the real world is scary! And internships are just a reminder of post-college life.

I, a girl who sleeps with a nightlight, am certainly not ready to be responsible for taxes and commuting and all that jazz.

Except… maybe I am?

After a poorly timed quarter-life crisis (is there ever a good time to question your existence and the meaning of it?), I did some soul searching. I’ve always been someone with so many interests—and, luckily, who has been pretty good and successful at these interests. I was having a hard time venn diagram-ing what I liked + what I was good at + what I actually wanted to do for a living.

First, it was screenwriting. Then it was advertising. For a moment, it was production design. Then, in a fit of artistic rebellion that hasn’t quite ended, art school and a graphic design career. Then marketing. Then briefly graphic design again, though maybe in an advertising setting.

I think I’ve found the answer though (God help me, for now): wedding and event planning.

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I’m such a visual and creative person, and I don’t want to work a 9-5 desk job. I want to flex my creative and design muscles, and exercise my knowledge of marketing, without damaging my eyes from staring at a computer screen. I want to have a job that I love and that makes me want to work long hours—not because of office culture or the stress of the industry. I want a job where I can be completely, unequivocally, me.

It took a huge leap of faith for me to shed my pre-conceived notions of what I was supposed to be doing. I mean, Hopkins gives you a ton of exposure and connections, but I can’t speak to how many of my peers have said, “Oh, my aunt works in wedding planning! I’ll put you two in touch.”

I drafted a brand new cover letter, converted my portfolio into a design and event portfolio, and updated my resume. Then I just started emailing.

After a few back-and-forths with different companies and a couple of meetings, I figured it out.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 2.16.12 PMThe internship that I have this summer, as a summer associate with Karson Butler Events in DC, feels like a friendly and warm harbinger of post-college life. I also secured a generous grant with Hopkins’ Second Decade Society. A lot of my anxieties—professional, financial, or existential—have been assuaged.

I’m working my first wedding on May 7th, and I travelled down to Alexandria, Virginia the other week to attend a walkthrough of the venue and meet the bride and catering team. The bride is wonderful, the property is absolutely beautiful, and my supervisor gave me an amazing lay of the land. I’m so excited to help with day-of operations, from the arrangement of the donut cake to the directing of the shuttles to logistics at dinnertime.

If that walkthrough was any foreshadow of how this summer is going to be, it’s going to be amazing. And not at all scary (except for Union Station—those tour buses drive without mercy).

As someone who has been totally not freaking out about her impending graduation, I feel a sense of peace. With my quarter-life crisis behind me, a sense of assurance about my career goals, and a dream internship, I’m ready to rock my last summer as a student and intern.