Happy New Year! I’ve never been one for New Years resolutions, or really giving much thought to the change of year at all, but for some reason, 2017 already feels different. Maybe that is simply because when I look back to 2016, I was still in high school, and even though I knew I was going to Hopkins, I still had over a semester to get through before graduation! For me, 2016 was the year of change, and I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring.
After spending the holidays at home, I flew off to Palm Beach for training trip as a part of the Varsity Swim Team. Though it wasn’t a vacation in the slightest, and we spent most of our time pushing our limits in the pool and competing against other collegiate swim teams on training trip in the area, I will admit that swimming outside and relaxing by the beach was wonderful. We flew back just in time for Intersession, and I’ve been in Baltimore since!
Students have the opportunity to stay and take free classes on fascinating and often random topics during Intersession, or to simply stay home and return at the start of the spring semester. I however, stayed during Intersession because of swim team. Our season ends in February/March depending on whether you’ve qualified for NCAA championships or not, so right now we are just beginning to wind down. It is a really exciting time, and I cannot wait to finish the season strong.
However, swimming isn’t all I’ve been during this Intersession! Last semester I managed to set up a research opportunity at the medical campus, and I’ve been doing some training over there when I’m not in the pool. The lab I am working in focuses on heart failure, and I am absolutely thrilled to help make strides in the field of cardiovascular disease. Sudden cardiac arrest, heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and all aspects of cardiovascular disease are so so so important to me, and I feel so lucky that at Hopkins I have the resources to participate in the exact field of research that I am passionate about.
During the coming spring semester, I will have much more time to dedicate to the lab, but it is nice that Intersession is a time to focus on a few things. It is relaxing to be on campus and not have to worry about five classes, and though I am eager to go back to school, (I am really excited about my class on Mammalian Evolution!), I will be sure to relax and enjoy this last week of Intersession as much as possible.