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.


Defeating the frustrations of fall fashion

November 17, 2013

Sometimes, transitions are difficult.  They are especially so when they involve relinquishing my sky-high floral platforms to a horrid Rubbermaid bin labeled “Fall,” and bringing out my now-foreign fur coats, studded leather boots, and cashmere ...


Carry on - but you don't have to keep calm

November 17, 2013

If someone asked you what was the most commonly said word or phrase around your house, what would it be? For me, it would be “¡Cálmate!,”which means to calm down.  In my house, all ends of the emotional spectrum on touched on a daily basis, but the one that never seems to have had enough time in the spotlight would be excitement. It’s not that amazing events don’t occur frequently in my family, it’s just that we all get so excited for anything.


James Black impresses yet again at 9:30 Club

November 7, 2013

It hasn’t been easy trying to see James Blake while at school. Whenever he’d announce a US tour, he’d only come through D.C.’s 9:30 Club and it would be at the most inopportune times. Whether it would be during finals period or on a weekday when I couldn’t juggle schoolwork and going to a concert in D.C., seeing James Blake perform live seemed to be a quixotic goal. But I remained patient and optimistic, knowing that Blake would perform in D.C. at the right time during the school year. So when I heard about the James Blake show this past Saturday, Nov. 2nd, I knew I couldn’t have asked for a better day and that I had to go.


Six steps to success with self-efficacy

November 7, 2013

Have you ever told yourself that you could achieve a goal, only to try it and fail miserably? Afterwards, you felt convinced that you could never come close to achieving that goal. Well, at the very least, you’ve told yourself you can do it.


The aesthetic meets the eccentric at Japan Fashion Week 2013

November 7, 2013

As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo came to a close three weeks ago, we fashion enthusiasts were predictably left with two thought-provoking tasks: interpreting what in the world it was that we had just witnessed, and equipping ourselves with enough understanding so that we could then properly appreciate the thrillingly unconventional Japanese approach to fashion.


Satisfy your wanderlust with sights and sangria in Salamanca

November 7, 2013

Confession: I may or may not have an addiction to postcards. This is probably a symptom of what many study abroad students find themselves suffering from, a condition that can only be described as “wanderlust.” The symptoms range in severity. There’s the constant stalking of the BuzzFeed travel section, the entire shelf devoted to travel books, a list of 206 different bookmarked places to research, an ever-increasing list of trips on the horizon and a quite unhappy credit card courtesy of your new best friends: Kayak and hostelworld.com. Oh yeah, and then there’s that pesky addiction to postcards.


October 25, 2013

Within music, there has always been an overlooked relationship between mental health and creativity and ingenuity. That doesn’t mean that one can’t be creative if he or she isn’t depressed or manic. But sometimes, it does help having an unhinged mind to help fuel your musical drive.


Sama's Isa Arfen will make minimalism a major hit in S/S 2014

October 25, 2013

Imagine waking up in a warm, sunlit room on a Sunday morning in June.  The crystalline light and invigorating summer warmth radiate through the windows, enveloping you.  Barefoot, you drape yourself in a white linen button-down top and a dewy pastel-yellow pocketed bell skirt, as you draw in the fresh morning air.  You feel easy, light, and free.