There’s a couple of things that can brighten my mood instantly. That’s live music, free food, and nice weather. Luckily there’s plenty of all three here at Hopkins.
These past two weeks were some of the busiest, most stressful weeks of the semester so far, and at a time like this, it’s easy to start feeling really low. But this week, I felt unusually calm, relaxed, and overall just in a really good mood.
It was just winter, and two snow days later, it was spring. There’s something about the temperature being greater than 50 degrees and feeling the warmth of sunlight, no matter how slight, that makes life a thousand times better. This little peak at spring at Hopkins this week has gotten me really excited for the rest of this semester, with Spring Fair and SOHOP and homecoming, but even more so, just the little things. Eating and studying outside, hanging out on the Beach, going out for a run, or even just not having to fumble with big jackets when in class. I swear, this past week, I passed by more people smiling and laughing than I have for a long time, and that atmosphere has just made this week easier to get through. Despite midterms and papers and commitments and responsibilities, this weather reminded me to just take a moment and just breathe it in – just take it all in.
Sometimes I forget how fortunate I am to be a student at Hopkins. The opportunity to learn – to assimilate knowledge from not only my courses, but from other people, and from activities and experiences outside of the classroom – is something we often take for granted. The opportunity to speak freely and challenge and change the world we live in, on any scale, is something we often forget. You always have a little time in your day, no matter how busy you are, to think and reflect, and for me, this warmer weather has been one of the many things that helped me remember that. Taking advantage of these little moments has done wonders to keep me up and motivated for this last week before spring break.
Lots of people have been asking me if I had any plans for spring break, and let me tell you that my plan is to sit at home and vegetate for a good portion of these next nine days. At 3PM tomorrow I will be on I-95 traversing home for a much needed recharge, for home cooked meals, a queen sized bed, time with my friends and family, and days spent just savoring this daylight.