Hey dedicated Hopkins Interactive readers. I’m writing to you from the comfort of my bed at home in New City, New York. This week is Thanksgiving (Thanksgivukkah?) break so I came back home to celebrate the festivities and spend some time with the family. Being home for an extended period of time is a bit odd. It’s weird to come home, to see your desk rearranged, your room clean, to feel like a guest. That being said, there’s nothing better than being with family, especially when family time includes massive amounts of turkey and stuffing, tons of presents, and my brother Jonathan’s tenth birthday!
It’s great to have a break because it can be really easy to get caught up in the day to day stresses of the college student life, and to lose focus. You wake up after a long night of studying, go to your 9 AM, and realize not only do you have three meetings that day but you have to do laundry (the bane of my existence) on top of having a cold that just won’t seem to go away. Days like that while luckily few and far between can discourage you, they sap the fun, the excitement out of the college experience. It’s not unique to Hopkins, my friends at other schools often complain about those kinds of days. We’ve all agreed though, that the best medicine is taking a step back and in the spirit of Thanksgivukkah* that’s what I’d like to do. Give thanks to some of the things that have made the time I’ve spent so far at Hopkins, the best few months of my life.
First and foremost, I’m thankful for my friends. I’ve been really lucky to have made an amazing group of friends early on. From JHU_Hayley and the Wilson crew, to JHU_Noah, JHU_Genevieve, JHU_Nick (I promise I have non- SAAB friends) and the trivia team, having a good group of friends has been invaluable. Aside from just having people to make Chipotle runs with, people to study with, there’s nothing like coming back to a group of people after a hard day and having a place to open up. A place to vent about the midterm that didn’t go well, the TA who ruthlessly tore your paper on Descartes apart. Having people to turn to when things are rough, and people to spend time with when the living is easy is a special thing. I’m truly thankful I’ve found that at Hopkins.
On a less serious note, I have to express how thankful I am to have a Chipotle nearby. Having gotten into the habit of going at least three times weekly with my friends Ben, Joe and Jake the staff there has gotten to know us which has its perks (double chicken for free from our friend Keyon). While I like the food on campus, I’m an ardent FFC supporter, there’s nothing like inhaling 800 calories worth of tasty burrito goodness 3-5 times a week. So thank you Chipotle for making the freshman 25 not some pipe dream but an everyday reality.
Finally, I am really happy to have ended up at Hopkins. I visited my high school not so long ago, and when my old teachers asked me if I liked school, I was able to answer unequivocally yes. As hard as it can be sometimes I wake up every day knowing that I have all the opportunities in the world at Hopkins. I’m learning from the very best in the world, I have every opportunity to become who I want to become, to make the changes I want to make. It’s an empowering feeling, knowing that I’ve ended up at a place that is offering me everything I need to start the path towards success, it’s just up to me to take that first step. I’m beyond thankful I ended up at Hopkins, undoubtedly the right place for me.
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgivukkah!
*Definitely the best holiday mashup, close second would have to be my (improbable) dream of Memorween (Memorial Day and Halloween) so much candy, so much grilling, what’s not to love?