I start off every day with a trip to the Rec Center. It’s free for all students, and conveniently only a 7-minute walk away from my “off-campus” apartment. I love seeing Val, who works the front desk in the mornings, and they have a great soundtrack that’s always playing. There are also a ton of classes offering pretty much any type of physical activity you could imagine– one of my favorites is a weekend spin class that plays movies (Legally Blonde was especially fun) while you work out.
9:00am: First Class of the Day
I’m a morning person, so I usually try to stack my schedule so that I have more classes in the earlier part of the day. One of the best things about college is the freedom you have in shaping your schedule and daily routine. This semester, my 9am class is Cuba y España, and is taught by the head of the Spanish department, who is actually originally from Cuba. I spent a semester abroad in Spain, so being able to come back and learn about Spanish history and literature from a completely different perspective is very cool. I also love that the course is taught in Spanish, so I have a chance to practice my language skills.
10:30am: Second Class of the Day
My next class is called Schooling, Racial Inequality, and Public Policy in America. It’s a sociology class, and although I’m not a sociology major I find many of the subjects fascinating so I’ve taken a lot of courses through the department (yay flexible curriculum!). This class is great because there are only 10 students, which means we can have in-depth conversations and sometimes formal debates. Also, as with most of my classes at Hopkins, there’s a wonderful mix of people in the class from different personal, geographic, and academic backgrounds.
12:00pm: On-Campus Job
I work in the PR department of the Undergraduate Admissions Office on campus. My job is perfect because I mostly just get paid to talk about how much I love Hopkins. I answer phone calls, work at the front desk, talk to prospective families, and present information sessions. Working on campus is a great way to make some money, build professional skills, and meet new people, and there are tons of different jobs available so there’s something for everyone.
3:00pm: Tutorial Project
The extracurricular I commit the most time to at Hopkins is called Tutorial Project. We bring 75 elementary-school students from Baltimore City to campus twice a week and they work with a Hopkins student who tutors them in reading and math. I’ve been a part of the program since my first semester freshman year, and I’ve worked up through the ranks so that I am now the Student Director. This means I am responsible for managing the entire program– enrolling students, recruiting and selecting tutors, overseeing the other leadership positions in the organization, communicating with parents, supervising 35 students on the bus before and after every session, and really anything else that comes up. I LOVE it. Being able to interact with the kids is always one of the highlights of my week, and the program has given me so many opportunities to take on different responsibilities and build my leadership skills. I really can’t imagine my time at Hopkins without Tutorial Project, and I’m so grateful to have been able to participate.
On Mondays when I get back from Tutorial Project, my roommate and I always head straight for the library– but not to study. We’re the most dedicated fans of a student club called Stressbusters. And every Monday night Stressbusters set up in the library to give free back rubs to any student who wants one. They’re all trained by a professional massage therapist, and the back rubs are fantastic.
Even though college is busy, and classes and extracurricular activities take up a lot of time, I always make sure I take some time to myself every day to relax. For me, that means watching an episode of Great British Baking Show with my roommate, or reading a good book, or making a big batch of fresh-popped popcorn or homemade banana bread. And then I’m always in bed by 10:30pm! I’ve never once had to pull an all-nighter and I have no interest in starting any time soon (although the library is technically open 24/7 so if you do your best work at 3am, I suppose that’s always a possibility).