Voices

Hopkins is a diverse university where an incredible mix of cultures, academic interests and personalities coexist and thrive. Here is the section where you can publish your unique thoughts, ideas and perspectives on life at Hopkins and beyond.


Some of the things worth fighting for in life

March 15, 2018

I’m trying to find the beauty in small things. And there is so much, there is so much that is beautiful. Look around, even as I sit in the fluorescently lit B-level, I see the wood and the tiny dark grains of brown forming curves (perfect hyperbolas!!) ...


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The Hopkins culture of collaborative suffering

March 11, 2018

“What are you looking forward to most in college?” For any of who expected to party a lot, find your soul mate, achieve academic success or join a fraternity in good standing with the University: I’m sorry for the loss of your high school hopes and dreams. 


Some interesting facts on the upcoming International Women’s Day

March 7, 2018

This Thursday, I’m sure that many of you will be getting ready for the weekend as usual. But many of you will also likely be getting ready for a different type of day — International Women’s Day. Several groups across campus and Baltimore have been preparing to commemorate the event. But I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of International Women’s Day before. 

 
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International Women’s Day was first held in New York City in 1908.

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How my body image has affected my identity

March 8, 2018

Growing up, we face a lot of social pressure about the way we look. Spending hours staring in the mirror, agonizing over every little detail of our appearances is a trope of the modern middle schooler, but in reality that struggle continues far into adulthood.


It’s all Greek to me: My thoughts on sororities

March 11, 2018

As I sit on the floor of my room looking around for some inspiration about what to write about this week, I’m realizing that I’ve somehow managed to miss what is literally right in front of me, all around me and on me — not seeing the woods for the trees and all that, I guess.

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Why I don’t always enjoy reading classic literature

March 11, 2018

My feelings toward classic works of literature, or more specifically, toward British literature, have never been outstandingly positive. I never really enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice or Wuthering Heights in high school, which wasn’t great because we had at least an entire year’s worth of English dedicated to British literature. 


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A eulogy for the mouse murdered in Apt #3B

March 4, 2018

I was the one who actually made the poison order. I went online, researched my options, was disgusted by the cost and then promptly mentioned my little problem to my aunt who then graciously offered to buy it for me.


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The myth of meritocracy: America isn't as equal as we think

February 25, 2018

Despite living in “Seattle” all my life, in truth, there has always been a body of water separating me from authenticity. My hometown of Mercer Island, a suburb a few miles east of the Emerald City, is notorious for its culture of affluence — my preferred euphemism for snobbery.


Facts you might not know about public holidays

February 21, 2018

Another full week is almost over. But there’s something a bit strange about that statement. By now, many of us have likely forgotten this, but there was a national holiday just a few days ago. President’s Day went by with nearly no acknowledgement by anyone on campus, let alone a day off from classes

 
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President’s day used to occur on Washington’s birthday, but no longer does. 

The five weirdest things about American culture

February 25, 2018

Now that I am solidly into my second semester here, I’ve naturally been reflecting on my time in America thus far and have decided that now would be a good time to share some of the things that, six months into living here, I find (for lack of a better word) weird. 

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Marvel’s Squirrel girl is the best hero

February 21, 2018

There’s a Marvel superhero you may have heard of if you’re into really obscure comics (like me). She’s sort of the Aquaman of the Marvel world, in that she’s often tragically underestimated to the point of mockery. Her wonderfully rhythmic name is Doreen Green. However, you might know her as Squirrel Girl. 


I might love ice cream just a little too much

February 14, 2018

The question of what my favorite flavor is ought to excite me because I love ice cream, but instead it frustrates me. Every time I’m asked this question, I need at least a good 10 seconds before answering. It’s one of the most seemingly innocent questions you could ask to get to know someone better, but it unleashes a flurry of madness in my mind.