When I’m not writing these (extremely anticipated) blogs, I’m tweeting.

Tweets are fun, impromptu, unfiltered, and weirdly satisfying when you get a lot of retweets. They’re little snippets of my thoughts assembled in 140 characters or less. So what better way is there to sum up my Hopkins experience so far than to take a look at what @yourbuiquan has to say? I’ve selected some of my award-winning tweets to highlight my freshman fall.

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Here it is, the start of my Hopkins career! The summer after senior year went by incredibly fast, but it was finally time to move in and I couldn’t have been more excited.

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True fact: there is nothing more tear-jerking than seeing your mom cry.

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Read this from bottom to top. Last night in DE –> first day at Hopkins! An update: showering with shoes on really isn’t that bad.

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There were many rounds to follow during the rest of the semester. The rec center and the FFC are just so close, and close to my dorm. The beauty of the AMRs, everyone.

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Remember that one time I got in to SAAB?

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Ok so this is my favorite concert band piece of all time and we played it in JHU Wind Ensemble! “An American Elegy” was composed by Frank Ticheli in memory of those who lost their lives and to honor the survivors of the Columbine High School shooting. It’s, simply put, a beautiful, moving piece of music.

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No one ever did.

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This is like my entire life in two tweets. Freshman fall consisted of a lot of learning, snacking, and laziness.

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The HOP brought Iggy Azalea to Pier Six Pavilion! I’m not sure if I should have went, though, considering how late I stayed up to finish my discrete math problem set that night…

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Public Health in Film and Media live tweets. There’s just something about airborne diseases, shattering centrifuges, and needles that gets me so stressed out. We were literally watching “Outbreak” and our post-screening discussion tied in the film along with the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which was actually quite interesting, despite my uneasiness.

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There is no difference in my thinking from September 28 to January 7. These things are so good. Ted Mosby once said, “Nothing good happens after 2AM.” Well Ted Mosby, you obviously have never had UniMini chicken fingers after 2AM. I am also a big fan of the chicken parm and mozzarella sticks. Wait, what’s UniMini, you ask?

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I was finally hit by the freshman plague 🙁

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Ok this is still funny.

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A prayer before my first midterm, which if you’ve read this post, you would know I didn’t do so hot. Update: I killed the next midterm and the final, and ended up with an A in calc III, so Dr. Brown’s pep talk and my new and improved study methods worked!

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Remember that time OMA and OLE brought Jackie Cruz, from Orange is the New Black, to speak?

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Or that time the HOP and MSE Symposium brought BJ Novak? This is him signing my copy of his book, One More Thing, which from what I read on my short train ride home for winter break, is hilarious.

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I think I chose to eat. I love Brody Reading Room so this was a really tough decision.

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Thank you, Calc III.

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Still one of my favorite songs at the moment! We blasted this in a Gilman classroom after we were brain dead from studying, and it might have been the highlight of my entire freshman fall.

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Sheds virtual tear. :'(

From these tweets, I’ve gathered just a couple of notes about freshman fall:

  1. Time goes by way faster now.
  2. There’s nothing better than enjoying good music.
  3. We study, we dance, we eat things.
  4. Life is short, get a special with hash.

It’s always fun to backstalk… even when it’s yourself. It’s crazy thinking that I’ll never again have a freshman year fall semester. While there are some things I would have done differently, figuring things out is a work in progress and I am happy how it turned out. Time to take on the rest of freshman year. Hello, Intersession and spring semester!

I’m taking a B’More class over Intersession, entitled “Junk Food vs. Whole Foods”. B’More classes take place during the last week of Intersession, immersing freshmen into the city and utilizing Baltimore as a resource for a more engaging and experiential education. For the course I’m taking, we will be looking specifically at Baltimore’s food systems and what has been done (and what can be improved on) to assure the availability of nutritious, affordable food to all Baltimoreans. I love food, and I love exploring the city, so it was a done deal when I saw the B’More course listings.

And spring semester means new classes (!!!!), Spring Fair, sophomore housing lottery, uncovered grades (eeeek), lacrosse season, more opportunities to explore Baltimore, etc. I’ve had a rejuvenating winter break at home, but I’m definitely ready to be back on campus.