Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez

Laissez les bon temps roulez translated to English simply means to let the good times roll. This saying is the epitome of the Mardi Gras holiday season. As a native Louisianan, Mardi Gras was a very important part of my upbringing. I spent most of my Mardi Gras catching beads, being in parades, and most importantly, being off from school. I know, crazy, right? Mardi Gras is a time of family bonding, fun times, and splurging.

Mardi Gras Defined:

Mardi Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday” in French, has its origins in medieval Europe. It became a legal holiday in Louisiana in 1875 and began as a Christian holiday with roots dating back to ancient Rome. The Carnival season was a kick-off to Lent, a sort of last hurrah before 40 days of penance sandwiched between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

Mardi Gras in Louisiana:

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A picture from the Alexandria Parade found on the Alexandria Town Talk.
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A picture of my mom and brother at the Alexandria parade #IAmJealous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mardi in Louisiana is HUGE! There are parades that happen every weekend, parties every night, and just plain non-stop fun. Although the big Mardi Gras celebration happens in New Orleans, my family usually keeps it locaL. We typically go the parades in Alexandria and Lafayette. Whether you want to make Mardi Gras a family gathering, or make it a fun time with friends, Louisiana truly has all of the options.

 

Mardi Gras at Hopkins:

Thanks to the HOP (Hopkins Organization for Programming), I was able to bring Mardi Gras to the Homewood Campus! I spent countless hours calling in search of southern food, music, and decorations. After weeks of planning, and an almost horrific beginning to my event, it went pretty well. People had fun, ate food, and and got a good taste of the Mardi Gras spirit, even though the ground was covered in snow and the temperature was in the teens.

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I think the main lesson I’ve learned after bringing Mardi Gras to Homewood is that students need an avenue to relax. As college students, we constantly stress about social, emotional, and mostly, academic shortcomings. If Mardi Gras and Louisiana have taught me one thing, it’s that in time of stress of worry, you just need to “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez.”

 

Getting (and Staying) Involved

Getting (and Staying) Involved

Throwback to orientation week, when I was walking across campus, wide-eyed, and ready to be involved. Those were the simple days. The days when I was signing every sign up sheet that passed my way and spent most days filling out applications all in the name of getting involved. I was always told that the best way to get to know a place is to get involved in it. I took that exact reasoning into mind whenever I came to Hopkins and signed up for every club possible! I definitely do not regret joining any of the things I am involved in, or the friends i have made while doing them, but what the words of wisdom fail to entail is that getting involved is easy, but staying involved is not.

JHU Dance Marathon

DM is the incredible 8-hour event at Johns Hopkins University to raise money FOR THE KIDS at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center! I have had the best opportunity to be a part of the Executive Board for DM, as the Social Media Director, and met many amazing people, read some amazing stories, and hopefully helped many along the way.

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The Color Run Sponsored by JHUDM

 

The HOP 

The Hopkins Organization for Programming is a student-run event programming group that brings great events, including tailgates, comedians, concerts, and much more to the Homewood Campus. Thanks to The HOP, I have had the opportunity to meet BJ Novak, see an Iggy concert, and will have the opportunity to bring Mardi Gras to the Homewood Campus in a few weeks!

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The HOP with Bj Novak from The Office

 

SAAB

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My Ice Skating Excursion with Some SAAB Members

The Student Admissions Advisory Board is a student-run admissions recruiting group that helps to reach out to prospective students, and is also responsible for the content of Hopkins Interactive! Thanks to SAAB, I have been able to share my Hopkins experience with students, who are in the same exact place that I was about a year ago, and for that, I am grateful.

Ultimate Frisbee

I played Ultimate Frisbee all throughout high school and loved it, so you can imagine my excitement when I realized that JHU had a competitive, club frisbee team. I have had so many great times with the frisbee guys and during the couple tournaments that we have had!

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Georgetown Tournament directly next to                       the National Mall

 

It may not be very easy to stay involved, but getting involved has been the best decision I have made at Hopkins. I have made so many friends, so many memories, and lost out on so much sleep, but in the end, my Hopkins experience has been better for it all!