I am a serious creature of habit. Routines genuinely comfort me. My need to consistently blog on Sunday night attests to this addiction. However, I believe I deserve a gold star for even realizing that today is Sunday. As Kate, Roxi, and Lauren have mentioned in their respective blogs, finals week is hovering over the Homewood campus. Although my previous entry chippered about "fun" during this intense time, this year has proved a tad bit different. My fifth round of Hopkins' finals has presented a novel challenge: an entire week to prepare for THREE back-to-back exams. Let me tell you, it has been the ultimate challenge of willpower, balance, and endurance. I have yet to sit through a three-hour exam while a handful of my friends are already home. Self-pity was definitely knocking on my door all week (especially last night when C-level at the MSE library was completely empty). I normally do not mesh well with cubicles, but I've been cozy in a cubicle since Tuesday morning. I have been attending daily study sessions for Nervous Systems (Kate is a member of this fabulous trio/study group). Despite the early start on plowing through the auditory and visual systems in this course, I am still nervous about Nervous Sytems. Although it's my last exam (Wednesday 9am-noon), I have two other exams prior (all day Tuesday). Overall, however, I am pleased to present a joyful JHU_Stefanie.
I didn't think I would have any pictures to post tonight, but I do! Delta Xi Phi had a semi-formal on Monday night. It was basically celebrating our sixth pillar: FOOD! P.F. Changs, Panera, and Vacarro's dessert. It was also fun to get slightly made up, and it served as a kick-off to a week in dirty jeans & a sweater (my comfortable uniform for reading period). Alas, I must return to my 40+ page outline of Environment and Your Health. Speaking of which, earlier tonight, I watched a movie for this course in the library titled End of Suburbia: Oil depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream. I found myself laughing out loud on A-level (of the MSE library, obviously my temporary home). It really sparked an idea for an independent research (which I hope to jump on next semester quite possibly in the Public Health realm). Essentially, the video was highlighting the fact that energy is very scarce in the world right now, and the prospects of being able to sustain the current American way of life (i.e. suburbia which leads to automobile heaven) is very doubtful. There is a lot of chatter about hydrogen being employed as a "solution" to the Earth's deteriorating fossil fuels/natural gases, BUT hydrogen is not a form of energy. It is a form of storage. Thus, it requires energy input first (which is kind of a major road block obviously). Anyway, the movie basically pointed at "new urbanism" as the most effective psuedo-solution. I was excited about this because I am ALL over small towns. Local neighbors growing local greens; walkable-everything; kind of going back to the simplicity of life. Plus, you've all seen Gilmore Girls. Anyway, I thought I'd share a snippet of my outrageous (yet fascinating) environmental studies.
P.S. CONGRATULATIONS ED ACCEPTEES! :)