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FAQ

After an incredible summer, filled with vacations, research, and a lot of sleeping, I’m finally getting into the swing of things in my sophomore fall. Before I got back to school I was warned ad nauseam about the “sophomore slump”. Apparently, classes would be much harder, friend groups would shift, and the excitement that came with being a freshman would die away.

Almost four weeks into the semester, I can cautiously report that I’ve avoided the sophomore slump, at least initially. I have never been so engrossed with my classes, so excited to spend time with friends and just generally happy to be back.

A lot of this happiness has to do with my living situation. This year I’m living in an efficiency in Homewood. Essentially a studio style setup, I have my own kitchen, I can decorate my room how I want, and basically live like an adult. It also helps that all my closest friends (obligatory Wilson crew shout out) live right next to me.

Going to be spending a lot of time with him this semester

Going to be spending a lot of time with him this semester

Academically I’ve never been this engaged. The classes I’m taking (the subject matter of a future post) are exactly what I imagined college classes to be. My professors are brilliant. I’m doing all different kinds of work, problem sets, creative writing assignments, and close reading analytical assignments. Having to think/work in so many different ways is challenging to say the least, but it also keeps me on my toes and really gets me thinking about what I’m learning.

I’ve had a couple opportunities to continue exploring Baltimore, I took in my first Oriole’s game with my friends, I went to this incredible restaurant in the Hotel Belvedere, and just been spending more time in a city I’m more and more comfortable with.

Classic Baltimore selfie with JHU_Hayley and our friend Julia

Classic Baltimore selfie with JHU_Hayley and our friend Julia

In between cooking for myself and doing dishes, (the worst part of having your own kitchen) I’ve taken on a more active role as co-president of an Israel advocacy group and taken leadership roles in other groups on campus.

This semester will continue to be a lot of work, but after such an incredible start, I can’t wait to see how the rest of my sophomore year goes!