A Kameo Appearance

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Month: October 2015

Flashback Friday

Wait wait wait Kamran, it’s a Tuesday. Thanks, little annoying voice in my head, I know it is, but just this once, can you take a hint? We good? Okay, thank you. (You’d be surprised how often this voice pops up.)

Anyways, it’s officially been 2 months of college life, and amongst all the good, it looks like everyone is starting to get a little homesick. I don’t mean just at here at Hopkins, but all over the world. My friends have all been telling me about how homesickness is hitting them, and hitting them hard. Essentially, home has been on everyone’s minds a lot; including mine. So in the spirit of home and nostalgia, I figured I’d dedicate this blog to comparing life 1 year ago to life now. For all you prospective students, let me offer you one solid piece of advice: enjoy your senior year. Honestly, you’ll have no idea what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Senior Year (Post-College Apps)

5:30 AM: Wake up for school (Now you probably think I’m insane. Granted, volunteering for this schedule probably meant I was. I used to live an hour and a half from my school, meaning every morning, I was up bright and early at 5:30.)

6:00 AM: Get on the school bus, walk straight to my seat while avoiding all social interaction, and crash for an hour and a half.

7:30 AM: Wake up, actually say hello to everyone for the first time, and head into school. Meet up with all my friends in the school coffee shop and finish up all the homework that we put off last night.

8:10 AM: Oh, right, classes were also a thing. I’m just going to skip over this…

This is about 7 hours of pretending to pay attention in, and/or ditching class to hang out with friends, and just having an awesome time.

2:30 PM: Assuming you have nothing to do, get out of class and put school out of mind for the next 8 hours.


Wow this feels like a forever ago

4:15 PM: Finally get home after that incredibly long bus ride. Or provided this is a weekend, go over to some friends’ houses who live close to my school and spend
the weekend there.

6 PM to 2 AM: I’m sure you can piece together the rest. On school nights, I’d procrastinate all my work and either binge watch TV or go out with friends. And on the weekends, about the same. Man senior year was awesome.

Freshman Year of College

5:30 AM: Fast asleep. I don’t think you understand how much this needs to be emphasized.

6:00 AM: Still fast asleep. 

7:30 AM: Wake up. Oh sorry, spoiler alert. That comes later on in the story. SLEEP.


I can relate to this on a fundamental level

8:10 AM: I’m going to assume that this is my “first class at 10 AM” day, so sleep.

9:30 AM: Wake up, unfortunately.

10:00 AM: After getting ready, I drag myself to the first class of my day: Chemistry. Now the thing with chemistry is it’s basically a review of AP Chem (let’s not talk about my AP score on that…), so it’s not a very high stress class. If you haven’t taken AP or Honors Chem. though, then it moves a little fast. Anyways, let’s keep moving.

11:00 AM: Next up, Calc 2. You know, there are some days I’m like “Alright this makes sense, I don’t know why people think this is hard”, and then other days I’m all “What happened to the numbers in math…?”

12:00 PM: Food. Lunch. Please. I need sustenance. This is usually coupled with an episode of whatever show I’m binge watching at the time. (Oh, and on my more chill days, my classes end here.)

1:30 PM: Now we’ve got lab. Depending on the day of the week, it’s either Physics or Chem lab. A little something you should know about labs: they. last. three. hours. They’re not particularly hard though, just taxing.

4:00 PM: (You can finish labs early). What, wait, we’re done with classes? Thank God. And now we’ve got an internal conflict of deciding what aspect of school to keep in mind for the next 8 hours.

4:30 PM: Depends on the day again, but sometimes there’s a SAAB (the admissions board) meeting around this time. If not, then I’m probably at the freshman dining hall (the FFC) with some friends stuffing my face with food.

5:30 PM: And now I’m left with the rest of the day to do whatever I want. Whether I choose to study, procrastinate, or go out. That’s the beauty of college. You decide what you do and when you want to do it. You also then deal with the consequences. Usually there are a few more meetings spread out throughout the evening, and a bunch of events happening around campus all day.


Obligatory selfie with our President Ronny D

6 PM to 2 AM: A mix of studying, going out and getting Chipotle at midnight, just hanging around with some friends, and more studying all throughout the night. Then we wake up and start all over. So yeah high school was pretty awesome, but college is an entirely different, amazing experience.




















































Sweater Weather

Well, would you look at that? It’s already October, midterms are in full swing, there’s enough rain falling to cure California of its drought, and it’s cold…well, for me at least. I’m from Texas, so temperatures lower than 700 degrees don’t really agree with me. Anyways, it’s that time of the year where the summer sun is dying out and fall foliage is beginning to appear. In other, more relatable terms: winter is coming. Of course, what does that mean for campus? There’s already a blog post on midterms, so instead I’m going to take this opportunity to point out some of the other things that you’ll observe on campus when the fall weather hits.

  • Figuring out where people are from becomes easier.

People from cold areas are generally still wearing shorts and a thin sweater; meanwhile people from hot areas (like me) are covered in 3 layers of everything from head to toe and somehow still manage to catch the freshman plague (it’s a shame that winter is my favorite season).

  • People living in the AMRs don’t complain anymore

The AMRs (except AMR III) are the only freshman housing dorms that don’t have A/C. That sucked at the beginning of the year. Now, not so much. It’s finally cold enough that having no air conditioning is a good thing. Just the other day it was chilly and rainy outside, and as soon as the familiar heat wave of AMR I hit me, I felt like I was in heaven. Now’s the time that everyone wants to be in the AMRs. Then again, I’m from Texas, so maybe for people used to this weather the AMRs aren’t so enticing.

  • Rain, rain, and more rain 

So to preface this, the campus and rain don’t go together very well. Just ask my shoes. And my socks. And my jeans. As you’ll learn, the campus does a lot of things really well, like keeping everyone safe, maintaining the greenery, keeping everything clean, and just being amazing in general. As for handling rain? Not so much. Streams of water and puddles in the middle of the walkways are a norm. The rain gives the campus a cool vibe though.

This rain is probably because of you, Joaquin

Just a thought but this rain is probably because of Joaquin

  • Classes get intense

I know this has already been touched on in other posts, but I feel like I wouldn’t be doing this post justice if I weren’t to mention it. Classes really do begin to speed up around this time. You’ll notice that there’s an influx of people in the Brody Learning Commons (simply known as “Brody”) now. But have no fear, midterms aren’t that bad. Devoting a few days or a weekend to studying for a midterm will definitely get you through it alright. On top of that, Brody is an awesome, vibrant place to be in.

Okay guys, that’s all I’ve got for this post. In all honesty, fall at Hopkins so far is pretty great. Especially coming from a place that has hot weather almost all year round, the cold is a welcome change. Now if you’ll excuse me, I should get back to studying for my Calc midterm. Bye!

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