Are you stuck in the bubble yet? “What bubble?” You ask. Well the Hopkins bubble! This term basically refers to never leaving the four corners of the Homewood campus and no, going to the medical campus does not count.
Can you count how many places you have been in Baltimore that is not associated with Hopkins? Are you thinking, “I’m in Baltimore but there’s literally nothing to do around here!” Well think again! There is oh-so-much to do in this amazing city! Did you know that just a few weeks ago, Baltimore celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner with a free festival? Tall ships, Navy ships and the Blue Angels arrived at Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate our national anthem. There were fireworks downtown, naval seals at the harbor, and flight demonstrations all around Fort McHenry and Federal Hill.
Now, you may not even know where those places are and I challenge you to go forth and seek! Personally, I take the JHMI to Penn station and then hop on the Charm City Circulator (the purple line), otherwise known as the “free bus.” Yes, I said free! This bus is geared towards getting visitors around Baltimore, it stops in most if not all of the historical places in Baltimore so not only do you get a free ride, you also learn so much about the city along the way. Here is the link to the circulator times and schedule: http://www.charmcitycirculator.com/content/schedule.
Many times during my freshman year, I gave so many excuses such as, “Oh I have so much work” or “Brody is my new home” and things like that. But to be honest, you only live once! Even if you have so much work and no time at all. You could also join a group that volunteers off campus. There are so many service groups, performance groups, and others that volunteer at schools, jails, hospitals and so on. Here is a link to where you can find many of these groups: http://www.csc.jhu.edu/studentgroups.shtml
Now that you have been provided with all of this knowledge, I cannot wait to see you exploring! Tell us about what you find here: facebook.com/jhupeeps