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Spring has finally sprung in Baltimore! And let me just say that it was pure delight to leave my scarf and bulky winter coat in the closet this morning. So what if Friday’s forecast is looking a little too reminiscent of the past month’s mini Ice Age? I’m feeling positive. By Saturday morning, I’ll be happily on my way to a place that hasn’t even heard of a “Polar Vortex” to celebrate my finished midterms with temperatures well into the seventies. Very best friends included.

But – dare I say it – what comes next? Spring break is only just that – a break. Sure, that break will be blissful, but it’s just a teeny, tiny week trying to stand up to a big, bad semester. It’s been my light at the end of the tunnel since mid-January and my mantra in times of great struggle: “I just have to make it to spring break.” But now that it is finally here, I’m forced to come to terms with the fact that next week is going to quickly come to an end and the rest of the semester will subsequently rush me at full speed. And it’s not going to be pretty. Post-spring break for JHU_Allison even looks like a total disaster in my planner, which is organized and color-coded to the full extent of my ability. Too many things to do, way too little time. I am, in a word, panicking.

And I’m sure a lot of you are too. Whether you’re a sophomore like me, who barely survived last spring semester and isn’t looking forward to a re-match, a freshman, unknowingly stepping into the black holes that are April and May, or even a prospective student, stress-eating your way to college decision day, post-spring-break life is a struggle. So here are the top five events that I’m most heavily counting on to get me through Hopkins spring! Prepare for some #tbts.

Spring Musical – You knew I’d squeeze in a shameless plug eventually! Even though I’m busy playing out my childhood fantasies as Wednesday in a production of The Addams Family off-campus, I know enough about the actors in Company to be totally confident in the production’s awesomeness. And I’ll probably be there most nights to take your money, so it’s clearly the place to be.

In case you forgot I was in Carousel.

In case you forgot I was in Carousel.

Arts Extravaganza – Okay, so there isn’t actually an event on campus called the Arts Extravaganza, even though there probably should be. But there are a million and one individual spring concerts put on by Hopkins’ various performing arts groups, and they’re all not to be missed! If you’re spending a Friday or Saturday evening doing anything but cheering on some exceptionally talented people, then you’re doing it wrong. You know I’ll at least be front-row center to love on my favorite Ladybird and AllNighter. Get on my level.

SOHOP – or, if you’re being technical, the Spring Open House and Overnight Program, is about to hit campus in the biggest and best way. As a prospective student, SOHOP was an exciting and overwhelming blur that left me on every mailing list for every club on campus AND confident in my decision to become a Blue Jay. As a current student and SAABer, it’s so incredible to see the new crop of our best and brightest fall in love the same way I did. Even if you’re not hyped by admissions-related stuff like I am, Hopkins pulls out all of the stops for the admitted students, and the campus feels more alive than ever.

Us SAABers sure know how to SOHOP.

Us SAABers sure know how to SOHOP.

Homecoming – If you’re looking for some school-wide spirit, look no further than Homecoming weekend. Even my Midwestern friends, who probably thought lacrosse was a sport us East-Coasters made up because we’re afraid of their football teams, get hyped during lacrosse season, and that hype reaches a boiling point during Homecoming. Nothing makes me happier to be a Blue Jay than some friendly, good-natured competition. (MICHIGAN, WE ARE COMING FOR YOU. ) Although I hardly know what’s happening on the field, I pride myself on knowing (most of) our epic chants.

I’ve saved the best for last…

SPRING FAIR – I’ve tried to describe the joy and wonder of Spring Fair over and over again, and I’ve determined that you just have to experience it to truly understand. So I’ll simply provide a list of important terms and phrases (you’ll be tested later): food trucks in your backyard, games in front of Shriver, a bazaar in the Gilman quad, NELLY, universal merriment. There is seriously NOTHING like it at any other university in the U.S, so make sure you soak up every minute of it. It feels like Christmas in April.

Spring Fair with the fairest.

Spring Fair with the fairest.

And, just like that, I feel better about spring already.