I wish I had a cool epigram or something equally amusing to zap you into my blog and keep you entranced, but I don't... so I'm just going to start with...surprise!...an introduction.
My name is Becca. I’m from Dallas, Texas and attended The Hockaday School, a private all-girls school, for a whopping fourteen years before coming to Hopkins. Currently, I’m a Writing Seminars and History of Art pre-major (we don’t formally declare our majors until second semester). Interesting and/or random facts about myself? I’m left-handed, I used to be on a nationally-competitive Indian folk dance team, and according to an online personality test I just took, I’m a “ENFJ” personality, also known as the “extrovert.” Intriguing. As of now, I’m wondering how legit those online tests are. I’m not about to complain, though, because Oprah and Barack Obama are both ENFJ’s as well. So this is what we do for leisure at Hopkins—just kidding!
I was definitely nervous when I first arrived here in Baltimore. Dallas is over 1000 miles away, and I met a majority of my good friends from high school when I was like four. Also, telling people you meet for the first time that you attended an all-girls school for fourteen years is like telling them that you still have an invisible friend named Magic. Just not cool. But making friends here has been an awesome and surprisingly easy experience: my roommate rocks, I have friends that are—gasp!—boys and girls, and in college, you really get to know these people on a whole new level because you live with them. Pretty neato.
So far, I am loving the Hopkins life! I live in the AMRS in a double, which is great because it’s near the FFC (the freshmen eatery), the Freshman Quad, and most of my classes. It’s also known to be one of the more “social” dorms, but I feel like just about every dorm is social if you make the effort. My roommate is also from the South, so we bond daily by reminiscing about exclusively southern concepts like fried chicken and sweet tea.
Balti is a pretty righteous city. It’s got all the perks of a large city, but it’s not about to swallow anyone up, and it definitely carries that small town charm. There are tons of quaint little non-chain restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes, which I adore—this city has character, y’all! I am also appreciating the whole idea of “public transportation”—something I was deprived of as a Texan. My friends and I recently took a weekend excursion to Washington, D.C. via the Amtrak and had a blast. It’s great having the capital just a short train ride away!
And to save the best for last, you’re probably curious about what sort of classes I’m taking. I’m in Intro to Fiction & Poetry (the introductory course for the Writing Sems major), French Conversation and Composition, History of European Art, Studio Drawing I, and Intro to Neuroscience. Evidently, my courses really run the gamut. But Art History and Studio Drawing have really complemented each other so far, and it’s been cool challenging myself with Neuro.
Well, I’m out of words. Thanks for reading and a special shout out to all you other ENFJ personality types out there! -BK