Every year, we look forward to winter break. It is the perfect mix of the excitement of holidays and the freedom of no school for 10 days. In college, this perfect little mix does not go away; instead, it increases dramatically. While this sounds good in theory, take it from me: you can only stay at home doing nothing for so long.

This break, I spent a lot of time at home. This was really nice at first; I got to reconnect with high school friends, spend time with family, and most importantly, eat. It was a really nice time to relax, forget about schoolwork and stress, and reflect on my semester. While this was really enjoyable, I slowly began to get tired of my old routine. By the last week that I was home, I could not wait to come back. Luckily, I signed up for a one-week intersession class.

Intersession is probably one of the most underrated things that Hopkins offers. It is the three-week period of time between fall and spring semester where you can take optional classes for one, two, or three weeks for one, two, or three credits. Since these courses are short, they are the perfect amount of time for a professor to teach a really specific topic that they may not be able to teach for an entire semester, which means that there are some really awesome and unique courses offered. From Immunoengineering to Sports Negotiation to a course dedicated entirely to the study of “Gayborhoods”, pretty much anything and everything is offered during intersession.

Since I thought I would want as much time at home as possible (I was wrong, don’t be me), I chose to take a one-week course. The course I am currently taking is called Food for Thought, and it is an integration of neuroscience and nutrition: two subjects which are often thought of as unrelated, but interplay far beyond my expectations. Each day, I am more and more impressed with how connected these subjects are, and how well my instructors are able to tie them together in a way that makes so much sense to me, but I had never previously considered.

This course really embodies Hopkins. In this course and at Hopkins, we are fueled by intellectual spirit and the desire to look at things through a different lens. This course makes me question things more than answer them, it makes me challenge what I already know and seek connections between subjects.

I am so excited to start next semester with this course under my belt, but more importantly, with this mindset. Knowing that I will always be challenged here and my perspective will constantly be changing makes me excited to learn, and that is something that everyone should be fortunate enough to feel.