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This summer, I returned to Hopkins after a couple weeks at home to take organic chemistry I and II. I was excited to return to Baltimore, a place I had already begun considering my home away from home. I planned to not only continue exploring the city and surrounding areas but also myself and reflect upon my journey and goals.

Although I spent most of my days in lecture and studying for upcoming orgo exams, I made sure to get out of the library and have fun.

One of the first events of the summer was Pride. It ran right through the Hopkins campus, and many students, staff, and faculty came out to support.

Throughout the summer, I was able to further explore neighborhoods like Hamden, which has one of the best ice cream parlors in the city (The Charmery), Mt. Vernon, located in the arts district and home to the Peabody Institute, and Harbor East, which has my favorite coffee shop, Ceremony Coffee Roasters.

Additionally, I took advantage of Baltimore’s close proximity to other large metropolises and visited DC multiple times. Pictured first is the National Air and Space Museum, and pictured second is the Lincoln Memorial.

Looking back, I’m very glad I struck a balance between studying and exploring my city and the surrounding areas with friends.

Personally, it was a summer of immense reflection upon my freshman year and deciding if I truly liked what I was doing academically. I ultimately decided to declare neuroscience as my primary major; however, I am fairly open-minded and know I have time to change majors or even add one because of Hopkins’s flexible curriculum.

That’s all I have for now. If you want to learn more about my Hopkins experience, I will be doing an IG takeover this Wednesday on this JHU account. Also, I’ll be posting here at least once per month, so stay tuned.

—KH