I’ll admit it, I’ve always wanted a mentor. Yes, dedicated readers of Hopkins Interactive, I JHU_Dan, have wanted to be a mentee, and I’m proud to report that this year I’ve finally reached that goal. You must all be wondering who the lucky individual is, who gets to take the clay that is JHU_Dan and help mold it into a masterpiece. Well, you need not look far. This year, I was lucky to get close with JHU_Noah, to end this year calling him not only my mentor, but also one of my closest friends. If you take one thing from this inevitable mushy blog, I hope that it is how to snag an uber successful senior as your best friend.

Arent we cute?

Arent we cute?

JHU_Noah may not remember, but I knew who he was before he knew me. I had attended SOHOP my senior year of high school and had read all of his blogs (back when he wrote blogs). When I arrived at Hopkins and saw him standing in line for breakfast in front of Mason Hall, I worked up the courage to go introduce myself. I told him that I had been a huge fan of his blogs and the Learn More, See More, B’more videos that he had done with JHU_Lucie. He responded kindly, and though I’m sure he didn’t think much of it, it made my day.

Double date?

Double date?

Flash forward to September 2013: I’m sitting in a room surrounded by SAAB members, having just been called back for an interview. I’m trying to remain calm, and failing miserably. SAAB is an organization that I had wanted to join since I first stumbled upon Hopkins Interactive my sophomore year of high school. Sitting in front of me, asking me question after question, were students whose blogs I’d followed for over two years. Cue the nervous laugh and sweat-stains. It wasn’t until Noah started complimenting me on my outfit (yes, I looked professional and extremely dapper) that I started to relax.

After the interview, and *spoiler* my acceptance to SAAB, JHU_Noah and I hit it off. We would grab lunch often, meet up for trivia at PJ’s and just hang out. We spent Halloween together, opening up about everything, made plans to have a Star Wars marathon, went to Neuro-Jays meetings, and were just adorable together (objectively). Over the course of this year, we would have serious heart to hearts, discussions about life, love, and the state of Hopkins lacrosse. JHU_Noah became someone I felt I could turn to with anything. (This is starting to sound more and more like the plot of a romantic comedy.)

Myself, JHU_Noah and JHU_Grace on Halloween absolutely killing it

Myself, JHU_Noah and JHU_Grace on Halloween absolutely killing it

I guess I just want to show my appreciation with this blog post; we obviously have a bro-mance for the ages, but more than that, I want to thank you, JHU_Noah, for inspiring me as a friend, pushing me when I’ve given up, and making me laugh when I’ve wanted to do nothing more than sit and cry. You’re an amazing mentor, an even better friend, and in many ways, the big brother I’ve always wanted. As you go on to deal with your own challenges, it’s great to know that you’ll be around next year finishing up your Masters, and I hope you know I’ll be here for you, as you always have been for me.

May the force be with you.