Early on in life, you learn that “Life is full of choices” but what most people fail to mention is that with all of these choices, decisions must follow. It all starts in Kindergarten. You have to pick out the right backpack. Do you go with the superhero backpack to impress the ladies? Do you go with the light colors to show your soft side? Or do you go with your favorite sports team to show that you are a true team player? Its these choices that teach the valuable life lesson of making decisions.
Since I consider myself quite the expert on decision making, I applied early decision to Hopkins, and I honestly thought that was the extent of it. I applied, got in, and now I’m done being an adult, right? WRONG! One of the most beautiful things about college is that it introduces you to the real world, and all of the decisions that come along with it. It’s the most exhilarating feeling to leave my dorm room and not have to tell my parents my plans. But, on the other hand, it’s also one of the scariest feelings to not have my mommy calling me every hour to check on me.
The majority of everyday is spent making decisions. Should I take the scenic route to class and be five minutes late or not? Should I write my paper or watch Netflix? Should I do my laundry or can it wait a few more days? Most importantly, what clubs should I join?
I am sure that every pamphlet I ever got from Hopkins mentioned how many extra-curricular activities they offer and how hard it is to choose, but none of that seems relevant. It starts out as a simple “I’ll just get on the email list for this club” and then turns into “I’ll just go to the first meeting” and then, before you know it, you are in five clubs, going to meetings every night, and honestly, loving every minute of it.
Life at Hopkins is all about how you choose to see it. Most people see these decisions that they have to make as a burden on their already burdensome lives, but I see this as the chance to be more than just a student. The chances we have to be something more than a student here at Hopkins is amazing, and I truly believe thats what makes Hopkins amazing. If the college decision, or D-Day as I like to call it, is all about just being a student, then it wouldn’t be as hard. Its the things that make a university more than just a school, that will make you want to be a part of it.