I’ve had a very eventful past weeks, including final exams, term papers, and coming back to Puerto Rico for break. But the most memorable part of my month was The Winter Soiree, organized by the Freshman Class Council on Dec. 4. It was meant to be a night of dancing, eating, and simply getting the class together. As part of the people organizing the event, my main concern was if students would actually come. Needless to say, we put a lot of money and effort into making it an incredible event (including a chocolate fountain and a performance by an a-cappella group) and I was scared of it going to waste. My worries also sprang from the fact that finals started the week after the event and I knew many students had started studying.
The day of the event finally came. The holiday lights were up, the chocolate fountain was running, and the stage was set. After only an hour of opening the doors, the venue was full of people. The event was a complete success, with the more than 250 freshmen that came and an impromptu performance by Baila, the Latin dance group, at the end. Looking back, my fears before the event seem ludicrous.
My class is a very diverse one, filled with students of all type. Admittedly, some are the stereotypical apathetic students that live in between the classroom and the library, which would never come to an event like that. I’m not going to lie and tell you that no Hopkins student is like that. But the Winter Soiree made me realize that students are breaking out of that stereotype, making the “apathetic Hopkins student” a narrow minority. The people in my class are energetic, curious, diverse, and fun. Many like to go out and explore Baltimore, go to plays and concerts organized by groups on campus, and even participate in events like The Winter Soiree. Yes, we worry about our grades and study our hardest, but that’s only one of the many sides of what defines a Hopkins student and is by no means all that we do here.
Also, it snowed for my first time at Hopkins!