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Hey y’all! Hope you guys are having a great holiday season! And that’s a wrap…another semester in the books! It’s crazy to think how quickly it went by, but as per tradition, here are some of the highlights from this semester:

  1. Setting up the room!
picture of a decorated bedroom

As a sophomore this year, I live in Charles Commons, and I share a suite with a friend, but we both get to have our own rooms. I was so excited to decorate my room, and I was very happy with the way it turned out!

2) Puppies with Pi Phi!

two girls with a dog

Early on in the semester, my sorority hosted an event to support children’s literacy, and we decided that it would be fun to have some super adorable therapy dogs at the event, and sure enough, spending time with cute puppies like the one shown above ended up being one of my favorite memories from the semester!

3) Garba/Navaratri

three girls in traditional Indian attire

If you tuned into my Fall 2018 reflection, I talked a bit about how Hopkins student groups allow me to hold on to and celebrate my culture away from home. Needless to say, I am still so grateful for this, and had so much fun dancing the night away with friends at Navaratri!

4) A Fun Visit to Baltimore

two girls sitting in a restaurant

One of my best friends from home is still in high school, and she happened to be visiting a bunch of east coast schools. Though the visit was short, I’m so happy that we stayed up way too late talking and then got up at the crack of dawn to grab breakfast with her family at one of Baltimore’s best food spots- Miss Shirley’s Cafe!

5) Prioritizing Wellness!

two girls standing

This semester, one of my goals was to be better about prioritizing both my physical and mental well-being. It’s no surprise that Hopkins can be very stressful, and it can be easy to get caught up in everything. So, I decided to start a new schedule where I would work out before class, make sure I eat balanced meals, try to get enough sleep whenever I could, and take time for myself. I’m really glad I decided to do this, and will definitely continue doing it. Here’s a cute picture of my big and I on World Mental Health Day!

6) Diwali

group of people in Indian traditional attire

I talked about Diwali in my Fall 2018 reflection as well, but this year was extra special because I actually got to be a part of the planning and set up of the event. It was a lot of work, but so worth it! The event was so fun, and it was a great bonding experience!

7) Spending time at the Hospital

sunset

This semester, I got a lot more involved with work at the hospital. I spent a lot of my time at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, both as a volunteer and as a research assistant, as I work in a Pediatric Emergency Medicine lab. I can’t wait to continue being involved- I think it’s so rewarding, and I really enjoy being a part of it. This is a picture of a beautiful sunset that I happened to see while I was walking from the JHMI stop to the hospital!

8) SASH Littles!!!

three girls together

Being a part of SASH (South Asian Students at Hopkins) has introduced me to so many wonderful people, and this semester was extra special because I took two littles and I couldn’t be happier! They’re both so wonderful, and it’s been so fun being able to get to know them better.

To be honest, this was probably one of my hardest semesters course work wise. I was taking a lot of challenging classes, and at times I felt really overwhelmed and exhausted. But, I think it’s always such a rewarding feeling when it’s over and you look back on everything you were able to accomplish. So, looking back, I can definitely say that this semester was fulfilling and allowed me to grow as a student and a person.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, and stay tuned for more posts this upcoming semester!

Until Next Time,

Neha