My 3 Pre-College Fears: Friends, Food, and Fysics (Physics)

After getting into and enrolling in Hopkins, there was a looooong stretch of time during which I was only filled with excitement. Nothing could bring me down. I was excited to live in a new state, meet new people, try new things, and take classes that I found truly interesting. But as move-in day slowly approached, these excitements somehow morphed into fears.

My First Fear: Friends

I know what you’re thinking, “Rahul, you were afraid of having friends?” Short answer: No. Long answer: After having a very close group of friends in high school (we literally did everything together), I was worried that finding a similar group just wouldn’t be possible. On the 3 hour and 18 minute car ride from New Jersey to Baltimore I worried even more …

What if I can’t find a group of friends that I fit in with? What if I don’t like my roommate? What if people think I’m weird? Am I weird? I hope I’m not weird.


My friends from high school that I was leaving behind

My Second Fear: Food

Food has always been a HUGE part of my life. I’m one of those people who visits new restaurants, orders unfamiliar dishes, and snapchats a pic of the meal before devouring it. When I’m not at a restaurant, I am usually chowing down on some homemade food deliciously made by my mom or my grandmother. Yeah, I guess you could call me a “foodie.” It was for this reason that I was scared of coming to college and being greeted by boring and bland meals every day for the rest of the year. My parents attempted (key word – “attempted”) to console me by saying that if this were true, I wouldn’t have to worry about freshman fifteen. How comforting…


The food that I thought I would never see again- GASP!

My Third Fear: Fysics (Physics)

Before coming to college everyone hears about classes where you have to sit in huge lecture halls with 250+ other students and take introductory level classes with professors that, while brilliant, are utterly unable to teach. And yes you guessed it, the thought of this terrified me. In high school physics, I found it difficult to learn in a class of 25. So I wondered, how the heck would I be able to learn in class literally ten times that size?


What I imagined my physics class would look like

But, on August 21, 2015 when I moved into Hopkins, I was pleased to find out that boy, I was wrong. Almost instantly did I find a group of people that I got along so well with. It’s been a month now, and I feel like I’ve know them for a year. We chill together, get swole together, and even study together. This Friday, a group of us went to the Lyric Opera House to see Russell Peters (my favorite comedian ever) LIVE!!!


My friends and I went to see Russell Peters LIVE!


We also went to the Inner Harbor!

Similarly, when I first sat down to eat at the Fresh Food Café (FFC), I actually pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. From wraps to nachos from stir fry to smoked salmon, the dining options at the FFC are endless. If you don’t believe me take it from USA Today. But in actuality, the FFC is so much more than just a place to eat. Every day I look forward to spending time here with my friends, simply relaxing and reflecting.


[Source- USA Today]

As far as lectures go, after the first day of class, physics went from being my most challenging class to my favorite class. This is because at Hopkins, physics is not about memorizing formulas and solving equations. Rather, it is about understanding and appreciating the applications of physics in the world around us. In class we have done experiments that have allowed me to literally “see” physics.


Jumping post-acceptance!

Coming to Hopkins was probably the best decision I’ve ever made. And even though I had to say goodbye to my family when I came here, I am grateful that I have become a part of another – my Hopkins family. <3


My friends from orientation 🙂