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Hey y’all! Welcome to my blog; I can’t wait to share my journey at Hopkins with you! It’s crazy to think that I’ve been in college for eight whole weeks already…two months really did fly by! I’m a big believer of the saying “It’s the little things in life that matter the most” So, in order to celebrate, I wanted to share 8 of the small things at Hopkins that have brought me so much joy:

1) The Beauty of Baltimore

During orientation week, my friends and I decided to take a trip down to Inner Harbor. We got on the Charm City Circulator Shuttle, which is a shuttle that can pick you up by the bookstore and take you around Baltimore, and a few stops later we were at Inner Harbor. Inner Harbor is a beautiful place to just walk around and take pictures. I loved this trip; we had so much fun, and I think it was a great bonding experience for all of us.

Group Standing in front of Inner Harbor in Baltimore

Taking advantage of a photo-op in front of Inner Harbor

2) Suite 310 

Coming into college, living with 3 other people was definitely something I thought about a lot. As an only child, I never had the experience of living with someone else my age. Although I’m a very social person, I oftentimes wondered if we would all be able connect. Two months in, I can honestly say I am so beyond lucky to be living with my suitemates. I’m incredibly grateful that we are all so close, and I enjoy every moment I spend with them!

People posing for a picture in front of inner harbor

My wonderful suitemates!

3) The Smoothie Bar at Charles St. Market (Char Mar)

I love fresh fruit. I also love smoothies. The Smoothie Bar at Charmar allows you to create your own smoothie by using a variety of fruits, yogurts, etc. I love trying out new combos…so far I think my favorite creations are what I call “Tropical Days” (Strawberries, Pineapples, Bananas, and Vanilla Yogurt) and my “Green Power Smoothie” (Spinach, Kale, and Kiwi). Char Mar is right across from the main entrance to campus and has a variety of groceries, snacks, and food options for students.

Girl drinking smoothie

Enjoying a “Tropical Days” Smoothie

4) Fall at Hopkins 

Fall is my favorite season! I love the feeling of the upcoming holidays, Halloween Decorations, Sweater Weather…and yes, of course, Pumpkin Spice. Fall at Hopkins is especially fun with Hoptoberfest, a week long event that celebrates the beginning of fall!

Door with halloween and fall decorations

My suitemates and I decided to decorate our door in spirit of fall and Halloween

5) Diwali 

Diwali is a religious holiday that I would celebrate every year back at home, and I knew it would definitely be something I’d miss. I’m so thankful that Hopkins Hindu Student Council puts on such a great event to celebrate Diwali! I loved being able to spend a fun evening enjoying culture with my friends.

group of friends in traditional Indian attire

Celebrating Diwali with my Close Friends

6) Parents Weekend

I’ve always been very close with my family, so coming into college, I knew it would be an adjustment. Thankfully, I have such a great community here, that I haven’t been too homesick. But, I’m so happy that my parents were able to come visit for parents weekend. It was great to be able to spend some quality time with them. I also am glad that I got to eat Indian food that I have missed so much!

family standing outside a building

With my parents in front of Brody

7) My American Politics Class 

This semester, I decided that I wanted to take a class that was completely different than my major/area of study. I’ve always been interested in politics, government, and social justice, so I decided to take “Introduction to American Politics”, and I can honestly say that it’s one of my favorite classes! The readings and lectures are very interesting, and I enjoy the small section discussions. It’s really easy to explore a variety of academic interests here at Hopkins, and students are highly encouraged to take coursework in various different fields.

notebook page with notes

My notes from an American Politics Lecture

8) Late Night at the Fresh Food Cafe (FFC)

On weeknights, the FFC holds late night from 9 PM to midnight. I’ve learned that the menu for late night is usually really tasty, and I especially love when they have chocolate chip pancakes. It’s also the perfect way to catch up with friends after a long day of classes, studying, and extracurriculars. The FFC is one of the main dining halls on campus, and probably the most convenient for freshmen due to its close proximity to the freshman dorms.

two people eating pancakesEnjoying some pancakes and tater tots with a friend at Late Night

 

Until Next Time,

Neha