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I’m coming up on the end of my first school year as a member of the Class of 2021, and I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on all the things I’ve learned since coming to Hopkins. Here are 21 of the most important things I’ve learned outside of a classroom.

  1. That it’s okay to call more than one place home
  2. That moving is hard, but it can also be fun to create your own space
  3. That your friends will become your family
  4. That you really do need a family, no matter who you are, no matter where you are
  5. That it’s okay to cry on the phone with your mom
  6. That it’s okay to want to give up
  7. That a nap and a snack can solve a lot of your problems
  8. That your grade point average isn’t everything
  9. That it doesn’t matter how you stay organized, as long as you stay organized
  10. That no one will think less of you if you ask for help
  11. That it’s important to laugh when you’re stressed beyond belief
  12. That you can get around Baltimore using the free bus systems
  13. That it’s important to have friends who drive
  14. That it’s important to know upperclassmen
  15. That it’s super sad when your upperclassmen friends graduate
  16. That you don’t need to have your whole life planned out
  17. That it’s okay to change your major four times in as many months
  18. That your sleep is sacred and should be protected
  19. That there’s someone at Hopkins who can answer any question you could think to ask
  20. That the hardest part of college is learning how to learn — how to live with your eyes and ears wide open
  21. That learning how to learn is the most important thing you’ll ever do, and that’s what college is really about