I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of spring semester. The fact that come May, I’ll be 50% done with college is crazy to think about…but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Spring at Hopkins is amazing, there’s no other way to describe it. Campus is green and beautiful. You can count on finding your friends hanging out on the beach after class, or seeing food trucks lined up outside MSE library for lunch. And of course you can’t forget the Homecoming game and Spring Fair! The one catch though, is that it goes by so fast. You can ask any student on campus and they’ll tell you that it goes by in the blink of an eye. So here, in all its glory, is my guide to surviving and making every second of spring semester count.
- Don’t procrastinate. This is big coming from me. If I was a superhero they would call me The Procrastinator. It’s like a disease…and it’s bad. My number one goal for this semester is to do all my readings on time, to start my essays at least a week in advance (2 day essays are just not good), and to try to treat each test like it’s a final (maybe a little dramatic). The consequence of spring semester being fast is a lot less time and a lot fewer assessments to learn the same amount of material. Don’t let it creep up on you!
- Have an organized calendar or schedule. I love my planner. Even if a day looks particularly daunting, there’s nothing like checking something off my list for the day. I’ve also heard that Google calendar is amazing but I’m also amazingly bad at technology so I haven’t quite figured that one out yet. There’s a lot happening spring semester, academically and socially. It’s important to have a smart plan for assignments and extracurriculars so you don’t miss out on anything!
- Pretend that Friends isn’t on Netflix, because if I don’t I will stay in my room and do nothing other than binge watch and eat snacks. Not only important for doing well in school, but you also don’t want to be the one that’s holed up in your room wishing you were sitting on the Central Perk couch instead of having fun with your actual friends. If you aren’t a Friends fanatic like I am, pretend this is for your favorite show. Like I said before, spring is beautiful and there’s a lot going on, go out and smell the roses (or cherry blossoms)!
- Study Outside. Spring is crazy fun, but school is still crazy hard. But don’t get stressed out and lock yourself in the library or Brody at all times. Treat yourself and sit outside! Whether it’s Gilman quad or the little quad in front of Levering, fresh air is always conducive to hard work. My personal favorite spot is the President’s Garden.
- Don’t put away your winter clothes. Baltimore is a little notorious for its moody weather (but reminds me of home s/o to Missouri). It can be warm and 70 for two days and then turn around and be in the 40s. Keep the sweaters out just in case! Or, like JHU_Allison suggested, layer like you’ve never layered before.
- Have Fun, try something new. This one is cheesy. But hurrah! It’s warm again. Explore when you have the time. Go to DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival if you’ve never been (this year will be my first!). Go all out for homecoming. Go to a tennis match. Clear your Spring Fair weekend so you can enjoy without any worries. School does pick up, but don’t get lost in the books.
Here’s to hoping this spring will be just as fun as the last one!