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September 24, 2020



The best classes at Hopkins

While we aren’t able to experience the hustle and bustle of campus life this semester, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the amazing professors and interesting classes Hopkins has to offer. To get you inspired and motivated, here are some of the best classes recommended by members of the senior class. 


The eternal quest for "fit": finding a niche in college

If I had to total the number of times I heard the word “fit” during my college application process, I’d get bored within minutes and give up. There’s a reason I’m majoring in Writing Seminars and not Applied Mathematics and Statistics. That isn’t to say I’m bad at math, or that I don’t comprehend its value to me, but that I’d prefer to make my point through writing rather than arithmetic. 


A sampling of student groups

Despite the limitations of an all-online semester, many Hopkins student groups have found creative ways to make the most of this situation and continue to function as outlets for the University’s diverse body of interests. I talked to some student groups to find out their plans for the upcoming semester, and all are eager to show incoming freshmen just what they have to offer!


How do I find the major that's right for me?

Once you proclaimed yourself to be #JHUClassof2024, you undoubtedly received questions of “Oh, are you pre-med?” and “Which science are you majoring in?” While many of you may be coming to Hopkins with a STEM-oriented plan in mind — I was no exception — I want to remind you to keep your options open. 


The News-Letter's declassified online-school survival guide: how to get through virtual classes

I’m going to start and end this article with an apology: I’m sorry. I’m sorry for all that you’ve undoubtedly had to go through this past half-year, I’m sorry you won’t be able to have an on-campus beginning to your college experience and most of all, I’m sorry that you’ll have to take a full semester of online courses. No matter what anybody says, the simple truth cannot be denied — learning online isn’t the same. However, accepting that can be the first step to making the most of the many opportunities still available. 


Many students are returning to Baltimore to live in off-campus homes because they signed leases prior to Hopkins announcing online-only learning. 

Students return to Baltimore despite University urgings

By the time University announced its decision on August 6 to conduct the fall semester fully online, many students had already signed their leases and made plans to return to campus. While some scrambled to sublet their apartments and cancel their travel arrangements, others decided to return to Baltimore despite the University urging students to stay home.

Hopkins affiliates who are on campus are required to use the Prodensity app to complete daily COVID-19 health checks. 

University and students aim to ensure community's health

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan and Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being Kevin Shollenberger announced in an email on August 26 that they will be distributing Wellness Kits to students residing in Charles Village. The Wellness Kits will be available at the Barnes & Noble on St. Paul Street from August 31 to Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

In Greek mythology, Zeus transformed Lycaon into a werewolf as punishment for testing his omniscience.

Werewolves and internalized shame

I can’t sleep. The humidity thickens the air, but the storm is long gone. My house is dark without power; only a few candles are lit here or there. The moonbeams drift in, shallow and blue, but the moon is so large it fills the window panes. These days, I am waiting for confirmation that I’m walking the right path.  


Limpe reflects on her fitness journey in quarantine.

Exercising toward a healthy mind

Even before the pandemic hit, staying at home everyday always left me feeling restless. I am the type of person who needs to be out and about doing something productive, whether it’s finishing errands, meeting with friends or simply walking in the park.

On August 31, the University will launch a virtual dashboard with specific information about Hopkins-related COVID-19 cases.

Small cluster of students test positive for COVID-19

In an email to undergraduate students and their families on August 23, University leaders disclosed that a small cluster of students living in off-campus housing in Charles Village had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) after returning to Baltimore. 

What chronic illness taught me about life

Life has a funny way of teaching you a lesson sometimes. When I was little, I was solely focused on being the best: the best student, the best friend, the best daughter, the best everything. I would do whatever it took to meet that goal. Sleepless nights, high levels of stress, and infinite hours of overcommitment became my life. 

Students who previously resided in on-campus housing have reported that their belongings that were left in their dorms last spring are either missing, stolen, broken or are a challenge to pick up without car access.

Students report professional movers mishandled their belongings

Last March, as the University shut down due to coronavirus (COVID-19), many students left campus housing with most of their belongings still in their dorms. To temporarily house healthcare workers responding to the pandemic, the University announced that it hired outside “professional movers” to pack student belongings in select dorms.

The president meets with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who Tie argues has long facilitated Trump's agenda.

From Trump to Zuckerberg: How profit, not ideology, guided the attack on TikTok

One surprising ally in Facebook’s war against TikTok is U.S. President Donald Trump, who has a long history of oppressing Chinese tech companies like Huawei. Some may joke that Trump’s rage stems from when K-pop fans and TikTok users pranked his Tulsa rally in June. But the real reason for his hostility may be the hawkish stance this administration has long taken on China. 

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