For the first time in two years, I came back for the last couple of weeks of intersession, and honestly, I would highly recommend coming back to anyone considering doing so.
But let’s back up a little bit first. What exactly is intersession? To answer that, it’s about 3 weeks sandwiched between the Fall and Spring semesters during which you can take cool classes (like salsa dancing!), do research, volunteer, or do absolutely nothing and hang around with the bunch of people that are also back.
Alternatively, you could not come back at all and just take the extra 3 weeks off and have a 6 week Winter break. Granted, this is tempting, and I’ve done it. Speaking from experience though, unless you go somewhere other than the 15 mile radius surrounding your house, I guarantee that you’ll go stir crazy before those 3 weeks are up.
Which brings us back to coming to campus for intersession.
Your first concern might be that you’ll be the only one here for those three weeks. Worry not, as there’s a solid chunk of people that come back to campus for intersession, especially for the second and third weeks. Intersession is a time for you to do pretty much anything and everything you’ve shrugged off during the semester because of, you know, all the work. It’s a time you can throw yourself into volunteer work, apply for all those summer internships, get more committed/hands-on in your lab (or even start working in one to learn the ropes!), and/or take interesting classes outside your major you wouldn’t otherwise be able to take. On top of all that, there’s no real stakes in anything you do because nothing goes towards your GPA, so you can do all of that in the daytime and then hang out with your friends all night.
All in all, if you’re on the fence about intersession (or weren’t sure what it was), hopefully this post has convinced it’s something worth coming back to campus for. It gives you a chance to experience Hopkins without the rigorous workload for a little while, and that perspective is a nice one to have.