Published by the Students of Johns Hopkins since 1896
February 21, 2024

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ARANTZA GARCIA / DESIGN AND LAYOUT EDITOR
Harar explores the idea of platonic romance during a friendly card game. 

A love letter to my friends

I first heard of the idea of romance in platonic relationships at a Barbie movie after-party. We were playing some game — the name of which I can’t remember — that asked questions to help everyone at the party get to know one another better. The game was going well, funny stories and embarrassing moments were being shared when suddenly a question stunned the group.


COURTESY OF TOMMY SONG
Stella may have never seen a single episode of Friends before, but she sure can draw. This is the most prized decor on my wall.

All 10 Friends Thanksgiving episodes ranked

To celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and to do a bit of research for this magazine article, I watched every single Thanksgiving-themed Friends episode — one episode a day — over dinner with my girlfriend, Stella. What makes this ranking different from the millions of rankings out there is that I am a huge fan of Friends, while Stella hasn’t seen a single episode. So the average of our scores will hopefully provide a fresh perspective.


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Huang provides a list of local destinations to dine, shop and relax in this fall.

Baltimore spots to visit in fall

While the air cools down, an undeniable warmth seeps into the heart of Baltimore. Sunlight filters through the soft canopy of park pathways, gilding the gold and amber leaves with shimmer. At farmers markets, patrons are greeted by the comforting scent of coffee and the vividness of ripe fall fruits. The city hums with fresh produce, seafood and craft wines.  In this article, I've handpicked a list of eateries, farmers markets, festivals and leaf-peeping destinations to savor this lovely season. 


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Lacey recommends four horror movies to watch during the ‘spooky season’ this year.

Horror movies to spook you this fall

Fall is marked by the most specific and iconic symbols of any season: pumpkins and pumpkin-inspired foods, changing leaves, Halloween costumes, turkey legs and, of course, horror movies.


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Bahl analyzes how the Pumpkin Spice Latte has become a fall staple.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte takeover

Since Peter Dukes, Starbucks’ director of espresso, and his team developed the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) in the Liquid Lab just short of 20 years ago, the PSL has become not only Starbucks’ most popular seasonal product since its launch but has become a way of life for some and a cultural phenomenon for even more. For all, though, the annual re-up of the pumpkin drink is a signal of the oncoming fall season. 


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John provides sweet and savory recipes for you to experiment with this fall.

Three recipes to spice up your fall

As the leaves change color and the air turns cold and crisp, it's time to whip out the pumpkin spice lattes and embrace the flavors of fall. From seasonal vegetables, like pumpkins and squashes, to the dishes that make you want to curl up by a fire, fall is a time for cozy nights and the smell of cinnamon. 


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Gonzalez recommends musical artists and albums that are, to her, quintessentially fall.

Music that encompasses fall

Every season has its associated food, clothes and activities. Pumpkin spice lattes, flannels and apple picking all bring fall to mind. Yet, my most fall-esque associations will always be Bon Iver, Noah Kahan’s Stick Season and Taylor Swift’s Evermore. Hopefully, this music will bring you the same autumnal joy it brings me.


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Kye contends that nostalgia plays a significant role in the association of Red with the fall.

Taylor Swift’s Red is the perfect fall album

When I think of Taylor Swift’s album Red, a few things come to mind. Structurally, I think of how the album demonstrated Swift’s potential to segue from country to pop, offering hits like “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Beyond this, though, I think of the personal memories I have associated with Red.


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Villarba provides a list of fun activities to enjoy this season.

My Fall Bucket List

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year. From the colder weather to the exciting holidays, there’s so much to look forward to. With the abundance of activities to do, my fall bucket list certainly grows year after year. Here are eight things that I’m hoping to get done this fall, and maybe you’ll find some things to add to your bucket list as well!


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Daum provides some ideas for fun fall activities to enjoy at home.

Cozy activities for a perfect night in

The seasons changing offers a perfect excuse to kick back and relax on a cool night. Amid midterm season and the endless stress of college life, we all deserve a break or two. So here are some ways to spend your free time effectively as the weather turns cold, or just to have a cozy night in your dorm.


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Tiwari explains the lasting power of the 2000s TV show Gilmore Girls.

The cultural relevance of Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls was never a hit during its original run. It didn’t win awards or gain a large following, but the show’s Netflix-sponsored revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and the wave of millennial nostalgia in the past two decades sparked the show’s current fame. Its enduring cultural impact is a hallmark of Gilmore Girls itself; there’s a hard-to-place something about the show that makes it appeal to its large fanbase today. 


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Isaly gives readers recommendations for entertainment to stream this fall.

Fall watchlist: Movies and shows to welcome in fall!

Before the season of nostalgic Christmas movies and cheesy Hallmark Channel love stories comes television with its own unique aesthetic — movies and TV show episodes that simply match September-November energy. The fall season has lots of nostalgic, light-hearted choices to pick from, so here is a list of my top movies and TV shows to watch as the weather starts to cool down. This list purposely excludes horror movies, as they are a category of their own. 


ARANTZA GARCIA / DESIGN AND LAYOUT EDITOR
Liu reflects on the transitional nature of fall.

A season of renewal, a season of many faces

Why is it that we associate the season of fall with endings? The answer seems obvious when we place fall in context with the other seasons. It comes after the bright and warm vitality of summer, and it precedes the barren wasteland of winter. Naturally, we call that process of going from life to death “dying”. Thus, we could think of fall as a melancholic season of endings.


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Faul reflects on how the transitional nature of fall mirrors her life.

Stuck in-between

Autumn is the season of in-betweens. It is the soothing nook — a gentle space of transition — between Baltimore’s sweltering summers and its icy winters.


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Gahagen shares how growing up in the subtropics influenced her love of fall in Baltimore.

A Floridian’s perspective on fall

Coming from South Florida, I grew up experiencing an endless summer, punctuated by the winter ‘cold fronts’ every few years that would bring temperatures down into the 60s. Every day, the weather was warm, the air was humid and the sun was bright. Fall was no different, distinguished from the rest of the year only as being the second half of hurricane season and the tail end of the wet season.


STEVEN SIMPSON / PHOTO EDITOR
Ahmed describes three enriching courses offered at Hopkins.

My favorite Hopkins classes

As a rising sophomore, I remember being nervous to apply to courses as I was freshly entering college last year. I would wonder, “Is my course load too tough?” or “How can I be sure that I will like the class?” After two semesters of grappling with these thoughts, here is a list of my top three favorite courses (not in any particular order):


COURTESY OF ESTELLE YEUNG
Yeung explains the importance of getting involved in the Baltimore community and various opportunities to do so.

Getting involved with the Baltimore community

It’s important to recognize that you are a student at an elite institution and that this status carries immense privilege with it. You are likely a transient member of the Baltimore community, hopefully here to learn from residents of the city — not only from your educational institution, but from leaders in Baltimore, who are experts in their fields, as well as community members, who are experts on their own experiences.


ARANTZA GARCIA / DESIGN AND LAYOUT EDITOR
Zhu offers ways new Hopkins students can tend to their mental health needs.

Mental health as a freshman

It’s everything you’ve worked toward. It’s what all your high school years have been leading up to. It’s college.  College is one of the biggest transitions — a stepping stone from the more rigid high school setting to the freedom of adulthood. Here, people get a taste of independence, gain new experiences and meet a world of different people.


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Li reveals how she budgets time for her academic and social commitments.

Balancing school and a social life

Everything you do has an opportunity cost. More time studying means less time with friends. Going to office hours might mean missing a club meeting. Rather than feeling overwhelmed with all the options while trying to do it all, think about what matters to you most and prioritize those.