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Hey y’all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This past week, I returned back to campus from St. Louis. Thanksgiving was the first time I’d been home since I came to Hopkins, so I wanted to share a fun recap of my adventures from home!

Friday, November 16th

Three girls sitting at the Fresh Food CafeTwo Girls with suitcases

Enjoying one last meal at the Fresh Food Cafe with friends, before packing our bags and heading to the airport!

family at the airport

Reunited with my family at the St. Louis airport!

Saturday, November 17th 

cardboard model of a South Indian state

On Saturday, I woke up really early to go do something that is very special to me. I was part of the Speech and Debate team in high school, and some of my greatest friendships were made through this team. Coincidently, the team had a tournament that weekend, and so I decided to go surprise them! I only told one of my friends, and she was able to document everything in videos and pictures, which I’ve compiled above. I was so glad to be able to see everyone and return to an activity that I’ve grown to love so much. Later that day, I went to a festival for a South Indian Cultural Group that I’ve been a part of for as long as I can remember, and it was so fun to be able to participate in the festivities again!

Sunday, November 18th 

a picture of chocolate ice cream

a child sitting on a girl's lap

three ladies standing together

I woke up fairly late on Sunday, and I can definitely say that it was so nice to catch up on sleep! In the afternoon, I HAD to make a trip to Andy’s Frozen Custard- a midwest favorite! Later in the evening, my family had a few friends over for dinner, and it was great to see everyone after a while!

Monday, November 19th

shopping bags on a table

a pizza

On Monday, my mom took off of work, so I was able to spend a lot of time with her. We went shopping before joining the rest of my family for dinner at Dewey’s Pizza- another midwest favorite that I’ve missed so much!

Tuesday, November 20th

two girls in front of Christmas decorations

I was so excited to see one of my best friends from home! We went and saw The Grinch movie and enjoyed the festive holiday decorations at the mall!

Wednesday, November 21st 

two kids underneath a Christmas tree

friends sitting around a Christmas tree

On Wednesday I was able to catch up with a few more of my close friends from home (and my friend’s adorable brother)! We got dinner, took pictures, baked cookies, and watched a Christmas movie.

Thursday, November 22nd

Indian street foodIndian street food

Since Thursday was Thanksgiving, I spent a lot of quality time with my family. My mom made my favorite Indian Street Foods, and I was so full by the end of the day that I couldn’t hold myself up vertically!

Friday, November 23rd 

girl sitting at restaurant

Friday morning, I got breakfast with my childhood friend! I’ve known her for almost 16 years, and she’s currently a freshman at Northwestern University. It was nice to be able to update each other about our new lives at college!

Saturday, November 24th 

a few people posing for a picture

On Saturday, a family friend had me over at their house for dinner! I’m so thankful to have such a great community back home!

Sunday, November 25th 

a decorated Christmas tree       On Sunday, I set up our Christmas tree with my family! After that, I was off to the airport and I flew back to Hopkins!

I really really enjoyed my time at home with my family and friends, and I’m looking forward to going home again in a few weeks. Yet at the same time, I also missed Hopkins and my friends here while I was at home. I am so incredibly grateful to have two places I can call home, with such an amazing community in both places! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!

Until Next Time,

Neha