Comforts of Home
Amid the frenzy of Freshman Move-In at Homewood,
we waylaid new arrivals to ask: What's your dearest
possession? Caveat: No PCs or iPods,
By Sue De Pasquale
Photos by Mike
Samantha Schneider couldn't start college
without her treasured Winnie the Pooh photo album filled
with snapshots from her high school years in West Chester,
Pennsylvania. One entire page holds close-up shots of her
mouth — "before" and "after" braces.
Just hours after arriving from Singapore,
Ng looked more than a little jet-lagged. The
biomedical engineering student says he'll definitely miss
his native food, particularly nasi lemak (chicken rice). If
homesickness strikes, he's got his postcards.
Foust gamely displays his bike as a stand-in
for his true prized possession. "I wouldn't let him bring
his motorcycle," divulges his mom, Melissa Cherney. The
Yamaha stayed safely stashed back home in Madison,
Matt Carlson started his potted palm as a
seedling and helped it flourish during his high school
years at Loomis Chaffee in Connecticut. "It's been in my
room forever," says Carlson, an intended econ major, who
vows to keep his palm alive during his time at Hopkins.
"My grandpa gave me this hat a year ago," says biology
Giuliano. He's rarely been seen without it
since. As proof, the Sicilian-born snowboarding enthusiast
points to his hat's warm mahogany patina and says, "It used
to be black."
Hello Kitty arrived in
O'Conner's life when she was 10. Since then,
Kitty's proven a faithful friend, accompanying O'Conner on
trips abroad. Says the biology student, "I always handwash.
I don't just throw her in the washing machine."
As a teenager,
Sarah Ratzenberger turned to photography as a
way of "documenting" her experiences in Hastings, New York.
The international relations/econ student plans to keep
shooting during college — in between playing on the
volleyball team and minoring in French.
Wakil Ahmed was "famous" in high school for
his math prowess, says his mom. So it came as no surprise
when he asked for a T1-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator as
a graduation gift. "I can even graph on it!" says Ahmed,
who intends to major (surprise!) in applied math.
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