Well, Internet, here we are again! Spring semester is officially in full swing, and trust me when I say that the New Year has been anything but easy on the likes of JHU_Allison. After spending the last two weeks putting up a (fantastic!) production of Brighton Beach Memoirs and welcoming a class of brand-new Alpha Phis, I’m looking into the benefits of hibernation. Both are totally blog-worthy in their own right, and stay tuned for the onslaught of Bid Day photos in your future, but in the midst of all of this extra-curricular madness, I may have almost forgotten what I’m actually doing here: going to school.

So this week I vowed to start acting like a tried-and-true Hopkins student. In other words, I walked the walk. For the past four days, I’ve focused on nothing but my schoolwork, consciously trying out those mythical study habits I’ve never had, or made, the time for until now: painstakingly annotating novels, going over lecture notes before bed, re-reading an assigned text over and over until I know it back to front. I’ll be honest; it feels kind of empowering to know I’m impersonating the most studious version of myself when I walk into class every morning. And though I’m realistic when it comes to the sustainability of some of these habits (life is seriously picking back up again in T-minus seven days), my week of perfect student-hood has given me a fresh dose of good ole perspective. Despite my rocky start to this semester’s hefty workload, my classes are ridiculously awesome, and I’m glad I get to realize that now, before any more of my time or energy is wasted on negativity. In fact, this may be, dare I say it, my best semester yet. So instead of throwing together a hasty summary of my courses halfway through the semester like a total spaz, I’m giving credit where credit is due in a timely manner. Color me reformed.


Nineteenth Century British Novel

 Don’t you just love a straightforward course title? I’ll admit I was a little nervous going into this one – those nineteenth-century novels aren’t exactly what you’d call “light reading,” and I’ve had nightmares about 250-page evenings since day one. But, with the help of a little JHU_Allison 2.0 time management, the chapters have been flying by. And with classics like Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice on the syllabus, I’m not sure I’d mind a full day spent with the likes of Rochester or Darcy. I’ll be well-read in no time!

Aren't these nineteenth-century British heroines stunning? Take down the patriarchy, ladies!

Aren’t these nineteenth-century British heroines stunning? Take down the patriarchy, ladies!



I know what you’re thinking: Another lit class? Are you trying to die? To that, my clever response shall be: Only from happiness at the sheer amount of genius my professor throws at us during class! (Boooooo.) In all seriousness, Professor Drew Daniel is the king of all that is brilliant and Shakespearean, and I fight the impulse to applaud after every lecture. My plan for the next two years is to search his name on ISIS each semester and just register indiscriminately. I’d follow him to the hard sciences – he’s THAT good.


Intermediate Fiction: The Scene

Remember my Intro to Fiction professor from last semester, the one who simultaneously made me the best writer I’ve ever been and kept the whole class in stitches for a full two hours and twenty minutes every Tuesday? Well he’s back and better than ever! When I found out that Glenn Blake was teaching a semester of Intermediate Fiction, registering was a no-brainer. That man is a mentor you’ll get once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, and the genuine respect he has for his students shines through in every workshop. Professors like Glenn make the Writing Seminars department the colossal triumph that it is today.


5 books, 1 class

5 books, 1 class

Intro to Poetry Writing

Another incredible Writing Sems class that has me leaping out of my comfort zone every week. Mary Jo Salter teaches this one, and if you haven’t heard of her, that’s no biggie, just open the NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY. (Yep, she’s kind of a big deal.) I hope to absorb some of her big deal-ness through osmosis. (Gold star for a valiant attempt at science-y terminology?)

Gen and I are just REALLY excited to be in the same poetry class.

Gen and I are just REALLY excited to be in the same poetry class.


Professional Communications

My Marketing and Communications Minor’s representation for the semester! Shocker: I love this class too. My professor is hilarious, totally speaks my humanities-chick language, and is teaching me how to be a high-functioning adult in real-world situations. Plus, I get to spend the majority of the semester working on a research proposal that I’m super passionate about, so that’s cool, I guess.


tl;dr My schedule is better than yours. Be jealous!