It’s been getting warmer outside the past couple days, so many students find themselves making their way to the Hopkins Beach. What/where is the Hopkins Beach, you may ask?

Commonly referred to as just “the beach”, the Hopkins Beach is a vast ovular grassy area on the Homewood campus (adjacent to N. Charles St.) that serves to unite all Hopkins students for a good time. Legend has it that if you lay on the beach and close your eyes, the sound of cars driving by makes one feel as if they are actually lounging in front of the ocean.

Especially when the weather is nice, you can pretty much always guarantee that groups of students will be gathered on the beach – some might be snacking or playing games, while others might just be hanging out with their friends. There’s a lot you can do on the beach this time of year – here are some of my favorites!

1) Tan

Now you might be thinking…tan? …but Rahul, you’re already kinda tan? While this may be true, it’s not necessarily the change in skin complexion I’m looking for – it’s the Vitamin D. The beach is free from shade, for the most part, and taking time out of your day to bask in the sun is well worth it. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen 😉

2) Sleep

While you’re busy tanning and getting your daily dose of Vitamin D, you might find yourself slowly drifting into a gentle slumber. In fact, sleeping on the beach is one of the best things one can do to relax and recuperate from the occasional long stressful day. While I have only fallen asleep on the beach once or twice, many of my friends do it more frequently, and it sure is a much more fun experience then simply sleeping in your dorm.

3) Sports

Get out, and get active! There are always people playing sports or exercising on the quads around campus. Two games almost always being played on the beach are KanJam and Spike Ball.  I like to stop by the beach between classes to toss around a football or play frisbee with my friends.

4) Study/Do Homework

A great place to do your homework on a bright and sunny day is the beach! Even though it can get kinda loud, you can almost always find a spot off to the side that’s quiet and shady. I like to lay down a blanket or a towel, take out my laptop, put on some music, and finish any work that I have to get done. No one wants to be in the library on a warm sunny day, so the beach is the best compromise!

5) Read

Reading is something I want to get a lot more into (hopefully this summer I will). During the semester, I find that a lot of my time is spent doing homework and participating in extracurricular activities, and this takes away from my reading time. The one time I did read on the beach (last year), I really enjoyed it and I definitely recommend it.

6) Slacklining

Slacklining is something I recently became aware of, and think it’s really cool. Essentially, you try to balance yourself on a thin rope and walk from one point to another. You set up a rope between two trees, and the beach is the perfect spot to do this. Checkout the video below for a short overview on Slacklining!

7) Eat/Picnic

One of the great things about the beach is its location. It’s surrounded by most of the dorms. Also, Char Mar (the campus grocery store) is right across the street! On warm days, it feels great walking to Char Mar from the beach to get a lot of food, and coming back to eat it with your friends.

8) Doggies

During the day you’ll probably always be able to find a dog on the beach. Many upperclassmen at Hopkins or people who live in the Charles Village community will bring their pets to the beach, and let them off their leash. I’m not sure if this is allowed, but it definitely brings the campus together because who doesn’t like de-stressing over a cute woofer.

But the most simple thing to do on the beach is to just hangout and relax with your friends. All you have to do is sit down, put on some music, and chill.