It’s easy to say that this first week back from spring break has been difficult. As I type this, I’d give anything to be able to go back to the sunny Riviera Maya and snorkel with sea turtles in crystal blue water than struggle through a physics problem set. But at the same time, it’s nice to be back home, and I find a sense of comfort in the routine and structure I’ve developed here at Hopkins. I find joy in the little things that make our campus special, and figured I’d share them here. (Though not without including some spring break pictures first!)


Iced Coffee at The Daily Grind: The Daily Grind will always be what gets me through my day, and the fact that there is one in the library, Mudd Hall, and in my research building at the med campus just brightens my day exponentially. In the beginning of the year, I was all about trying all the fancy espresso drinks, like the 4-shot Jitter Machine, but now I just stick to a simple iced coffee with half-and-half. Just enough caffeine to get me through the day without paying a fortune.

Early Mornings in the Library: In high school I woke up at 4 am to swim everyday, so you could say I’m the true definition of a morning person. Even though I don’t have class until 11 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I still like to wake up relatively early and make it to the Milton before class. A group of my friends is usually there, and M Level is usually pretty quiet, so its a great low stress time to get some work done and get ready for the day.

My dorm room: At the beginning of the year, I didn’t think I’d love my dorm as much as I do. Not only are the dorms at Hopkins amazing compared to dorms at other schools, the process of personalizing my dorm room has been a continual process that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It’s an environment that is totally me, and I feel completely at home when I come back to my dorm each day.

Being in Gilman: I’m a science major, so most of my core major classes don’t take me into Gilman, our most photogenic and arguably coolest building on campus. However, lucky for me, all my Spanish classes are in Gilman, so I do get to walk up the impressive marble steps at least twice a week. Something about the architecture and design of the building gives off an aura of academia, and I can’t help but feel excited about learning when I am there.

Small Victories in Research: One of the best parts of my second semester has been my participation in research. I work in a cardiology lab at the med campus, and it is so exciting to be able to contribute in even the smallest way to solving some of the big problems that affect millions of people. However, real lab research is something that is pretty new to me, so I find myself incredibly excited whenever I master a new technique or even solve a problem by myself.

There are a million more things I could mention here, but I’ll leave the list at this for now. I was drawn to Hopkins for the big picture things, like small class sizes, a lack of core curriculum that facilitates academic freedom, a beautiful brick and marble campus in a bustling city, and the academic resources, etc. etc. Though all these things are incredibly valuable everyday, the smaller aspects of Hopkins are what really make the school special.