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.


How horror films help me cope with my anxiety

November 1, 2018

As Halloween season comes to a close and people begin to swap out their spooky decorations for more gluttonous ones, I’ve been thinking a lot about horror movies. I spent a good chunk of the last month and a half dedicated to watching scary movies, ...

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Bruce Campbell stars as Ash in Sam Raimi’s 1987 horror film Evil Dead II.

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Cooking any dish, including the perfect roasted chicken, is an art. 

Why the language we use when talking about food is important

October 25, 2018

The last few years have been a time of admirable improvement in the world of cultural awareness around food. More writers of repute, as well as chefs, diners and others, are thinking about how the words they choose can evoke certain sentiments that degrade the foods they’re discussing. However, there’s still plenty of room for growth.


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In addition to providing relief, FEMA helps cities prepare for climate-related disasters.

How is Baltimore City preparing to address the effects of climate change?

October 24, 2018

The latest publication from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading body on climate science, made an urgent point: Climate change is rapidly occurring, and its consequences are dire. As a coastal, flood-prone city, Baltimore will most definitely feel the ramifications of rising sea levels and more intense weather events. Has City policy prepared us for the impacts of climate change?


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Goodwill is both a wallet and climate-friendly option. 

Low-income families and ethical consumption

October 25, 2018

Earlier this month, the United Nations (UN) released a report that claimed we could be facing a major, climatic crisis in fewer than 25 years. It paints a dire picture, stating that in order to avoid catastrophe, a complete transformation of the world economy is required — at a speed and scale unlike any other in recorded history. Without change, hundreds of millions of people will be put directly in harm’s way.


Here are a few conditions for living in my hometown

October 18, 2018

1. Your first pair of boots must be Justin Cowboy Boots or a worn-looking pair of brown hunting boots with a gold buckle from Muck Boots. You must wear them at least four times a week with light wash denim jeans marked with small holes in the back pockets to show that you help out on the farm or work in the woods.


Coming out of the closet put me in another box

October 18, 2018

Last Thursday I literally tagged myself with a label. For National Coming Out Day, I wore extra-long, half-rainbow, half-purple socks that had the word “GAY” sewn on them in white letters. Having no particular desire to wake up early for breakfast at the Office of LGBTQ Life, I felt obligated to celebrate queer awareness in another way. Wearing socks that I had borrowed from a friend for New York City Pride in June seemed like the move.

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This is the Instagram photo from last year’s National Coming Out Day. 

What I've learned about embracing my femininity

October 18, 2018

When I was a kid, I prided myself on liking things that other girls my age did not. I liked skateboarding and playing in the dirt, gross-out gags and whoopee cushions. While I indulged in the occasional feminine pastime, like playing with Bratz dolls, I even turned that into something more aggressive and masculine, acting out elaborate murder scenes with my friend and filming them on the handheld video camera I got for Christmas. 

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Throwback to when Sarina dressed up as a black cat for Halloween. 

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Don’t fret if your path doesn’t match one of Euclid’s perfect, straight lines. 

It’s okay if you feel indecisive about the future

October 18, 2018

Euclid’s first postulate of planar geometry states that a straight line can be drawn from any two points. Postulates state what is, not what may be or what can be proven. Therefore we have to accept the postulate as true with certainty. 


How I learned to see the value in my own story

October 12, 2018

When presenting a problem or flaw in a system, it is expected that you also provide a solution to fix it. Talking about a problem without saying what can be done is taken as unhelpful complaining, as if you don’t really want to fix the problem ­— you’re just looking for something to be mad at or something to blame. 

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Asheville, boasts a vibrant and artistic counter-culture community.

Seeing the good and bad in my high school years

October 10, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I started working my way through old episodes of Doctor Who to prepare myself for the upcoming season (and, more importantly, Jodie Whittaker’s role as the first female incarnation of the Doctor).  Within the first episode, I was surprised to find how nostalgic the show made me feel. 

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Rewatching Doctor Who helped Douglass gain perspective on his past.

A few lessons that I learned from my freshman year

October 12, 2018

The first semester of college, my independence was tested more than ever. There was the first time I was late for or skipped a class and had no one to blame but myself. Or the first time I forewent studying an extra hour for a test to irresponsibly hang out with the cute guy I had just met. Last but not least, the first time I ate six bowls of mac and cheese and a few brownies, and then skipped the gym, simply because I could.

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Adjusting to life at Hopkins and living independently for the first time can prove daunting.