As a high school student, you try to imagine what college is really like. You read about meal plans, dorm rooms, and the social scene, but that isn’t really the essence of Hopkins life. I have tried to condense these last two months into seven of the most memorable-and unexpected-moments at Hopkins. Sometimes it’s the small things that you won’t ever forget.
- Trip to Towson mall/Brunch: Last weekend, my friend Anne and I decided that we needed to escape the “Hopkins Bubble.” As freshmen, it is easy to stay comfortable on campus. There is so much to do within a five-minute’s walk from our dorm. We knew, though, that it was time for a change. So instead of our usual waffles at the FFC, we whipped out our pea coats and walked to Chocolatea, a cozy and delicious small café with every type of hot chocolate imaginable. Afterwards, we took the MTA to Towson Center, a huge shopping mall. It felt weird being in the real world and seeing people of all ages again! On the bus ride home (we felt so savvy conquering public transit) I was happy that we had had an off campus adventure, but I was even happier to be coming back to Homewood.
- Cards Against Humanity: These past couple of weeks have been pretty stressful for everyone. Midterms seem to never end, and after a while, you just can’t look at another neuroscience powerpoint or write another word about anthropology. I needed a break. So instead of heading to Brody, I played Cards Against Humanity (think of a college version of Apple to Apples) for over two hours, all the while consuming a healthy college dinner of ramen and peanut m&m’s. It felt so good to laugh with friends and let the stress dissipate.
- Noodles at Levering: This isn’t just an isolated event, it’s one of my favorite things. Every Monday around 1, all of my friends have a chunk of free time. Instead of having lunch at the FFC per usual, we head to the Levering Dining Hall to eat noodles. There is this wonderful station where you pick your own noodles/rice, your broth/sauce, and your meat/vegetables. Every Monday, I consume a giant bowl of udon noodles in pho broth with chili shrimp and lots of bok choy. Best way to start a week!
- Brain Night: Once a month on a Wednesday night, the Johns Hopkins Medical School hosts a speaker to talk about his/her research on a specific topic. I’ve gone twice now to the medical campus for these interesting lectures. The free JHMI shuttle is an extremely convenient and fast way to get to the medical campus.
- Meeting Lily: My friend Alana was hosting a perspective student one night, and Anne and I met her in our dorm. We had just come from a long afternoon of studying at Brody and were about to turn around and go straight back for more studying, so I guess we were a little manic. We definitely traumatized this poor girl. In ten minutes, we told her everything about our lives here, and why Hopkins is so great. This experience made me realize how much I love this school.
- Bug Hunting: Very very late one night, I was hanging out in my friends’ room when I spotted a semi-large bug with many legs. My friend Alex freaked out, so I tried to kill it. Instead, it fell into her bed and was consequently lost. For over an hour, our entire floor tried to find this one bug. Alex was in tears, Anne couldn’t stop laughing, and JHU_Dan kept yelling at everyone to not kill the bug because it was a living creature. The entire situation was comical. After giving up, I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth. As soon as I did, I heard two screams. We all ran to their room. The bug had sprinted across the floor trying to reach the door. Dan captured it in a cup and brought it outside. At this point, everyone in the entire dorm was up. Definitely, an unforgettable night!
- Julia’s Birthday Party: A few weeks ago, it was one of my friend’s 18th birthday. We all knew that having a birthday away from home for the first time would be tough, so we spent weeks planning a great Gatsby themed surprise party (Great Gatsby is her favorite book). We bought her a costume, put up streamers and decorations, and even made cheese and cracker plates. Even though it was a Wednesday night, all of our friends came together to celebrate. It was one of the best nights I’ve had here!