17 Feb Anachronistic Valentine’s Day Photoshoot

OR: How to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your best friends.

OR: Yet another blog about why I love my friends.


When people ask me why I chose Hopkins, I tell them that my number one reason was the lack of core curriculum. When they ask me why I like Hopkins, I tell them “the people.” It’s a theme you’ll see repeated throughout all of our answers to this question, and it’s really true. There are some professors here that have changed my outlook on life, some that have made it clear that they care about me as a person, and not just that I’m learning, and some that teach because they care about us learning. There are also numerous other adults on this campus who’ve had a positive impact on my experience here, and are part of the reason I value being here so much.

But on a day-to-day (and let’s face it, hourly or minutely) basis, it’s my friends and classmates that remind me how lucky I am to be here. I love being surrounded by people who care about school. I love being at a school where it’s expected that we care about our academics.

And I also love that even though we all care about our academic work and our future, we also care about having fun. And being ridiculous, and eating cupcakes, and everything that awesome people should participate in.

Without further ado, how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your best friends and a bunch of vegan gluten free cupcakes!

1. Make sure everyone’s included.¬†

Zoe’s abroad right now in London, living in an awesome city and getting to eat food I’m constantly jealous for. She was still one of our valentines, and we all caught up via the wonderful tools that the 21st century has brought us.


2. Eat cupcakes.

Originally, we were planning on going out for dessert. But since I had a night class and Caitlin wanted to make cupcakes she could eat we decided to have our own party at our apartment.

These cupcakes are gluten-free and vegan and have candied violets on them and are DELICIOUS.

3. Dress up.

For us, this usually means having some sort of themed dinner or party. For our Rosh Hashana dinner, we had Biblical foods and made a tent in our living room. This time, we did a picnic in the park with Valentine’s Day colors and pretty dresses.

Yay pretty dresses! (and credits to my aunt for making the dress!)

4. Have a tea party!

Tea is classy, and goes perfectly with our theme of being ladies on a picnic.

Cupcakes+tea=tea party of my childhood dreams

5. Take ridiculous pictures

I’m pretty sure that the point of photobooth is to take ridiculous pictures that you find much later on. In that spirit, we unearthed some gems from freshman year, added to the collection, and had fun with the regular camera too.

One of the less-ridiculous pictures, with the appearance of a giant stuffed yeast microbe.


¬†Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to everyone!

just another adorable guinea pig picture

3 Responses to “Anachronistic Valentine’s Day Photoshoot”

  1. Jenny says:

    I <3 the yeast microbe. :)

  2. Caitlin says:

    There’s no Valentine’s Day like a Hopkins Valentine’s Day! Awesome blogpost by an awesome blogger :)

  3. Kevin C. says:

    Adorable! Also that dress is absolutely fantastic!
    …why the yeast microbe? ahaha

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