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One of my favorite parts of attending Hopkins is the three-week period of time known as Intersession which occurs before the spring semester. Our spring semester does not begin until the end of January, which leaves the entire month at our disposal.

Some students spend Intersession taking interesting one- or two-credit courses like “Making your own Plant based Burger” or “Poetry and Climate Change,” while others conduct research or even study abroad. Some choose to stay at home and catch up further with friends and family.

This Intersession, I plan to find time to relax before the upcoming busy semester while engaging in other pursuits meaningful to me. I will be taking a two-credit course called “An Introduction to Connectomics,” which provides an introduction to the novel field of connectomics where researchers are analyzing the brain’s synapses and are producing a detailed map of them, known as the connectome. Also, I will be returning to my lab to continue running a study on motor learning.

I hope to balance these academic pursuits with adventures around the city of Baltimore or even the region and all-day Netflix binging. My girlfriend and I have already traveled to DC where we watched the Washington Wizards take on and defeat the Denver Nuggets at Capital One Arena this past Saturday.

I love how Intersession provides a stress-free time to engage in my pursuits and relax. It’s great catching up with friends without having to worry about upcoming projects or exams. I am excited to learn more about the field of connectomics and do research while further exploring Bmore and engaging in opportunities that cities like DC, NYC, and Philadelphia provide.

–KH