Over the next few weeks, the Hopkins Interactive bloggers will be posting a common blog. Through these, you’ll get to know the bloggers, and learn a little bit more about our Hopkins experience and why we chose Hopkins.
Get to Know JHU_Sydney:
1. Birthplace and Current Hometown: Elm Grove, WI
2. Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Engineering with a Mathematics minor
3. When I grow up I want to…be a doctor. I’ve really developed an interest in trauma surgery, but I also like hematology and oncology. So I’ll just go with doctor. :)
4. Favorite Place to Eat in Baltimore: Vaccaros! Cannolis and Peanut Butter gelato = the BEST dinner ever. J
5. Favorite Spot on the Homewood Campus: The Beach! It’s super cool when we are all laying out on a sunny day.
6. Favorite TV Show: House/Glee! But mainly House, because he went to Hopkins. Booyah!
7. Favorite Color: Pink and Orange
8. Favorite Sports Team: Packers!!!! And yes, I was a fan before they won the Super Bowl.
My Hopkins Experience:
1. When did you know Hopkins was right for you?
I mainly knew after getting that “feeling” when walking on campus. Prospectives: you’ll know this feeling when you find the right one. I swear. However, I felt more confident in my decision after I got to Hopkins. Just a lot of things seem to go my way. I was able to major in BME . I was able to be in SAAB, which is how I get to write blogs for all you lovely people. Everything that happened made me feel better and better about my decision, so it must’ve been the right one.
2. What is one thing that would surprise your friends/family about Hopkins?
My favorite thing to tell people about Hopkins is that John Astin is a theater professor here. This might outdate us youngin’s, but in my dad’s day, the Addams Family was a pretty hot television show. And whatdya know? John Astin played the dad in the family! That is so cool….I mean, I can barely express how cool it is in this blog.
3. If you were the university president, what is the first thing you would do or change?
The only thing I would really change is going back to the old covered grade rule. The old rule said that after a certain amount of credits you could choose to uncover your grades, and I definitely would uncover my grades. I know most kids love covered grades, but I personally feel that if we do work hard first semester, it is like we get no reward for that effort.
4. If you could go back and choose your college again, would you pick Hopkins? Why?
I would definitely pick Hopkins again. I came here because it was the best BME program in the country, and I still feel honored to be receiving the best education possible. However, after meeting my friends, joining activities, living on campus, and finding my niche at Hopkins, it is really hard to picture going anywhere else. I honestly believe you only truly “fit” at one university, and I believe Hopkins is the one that “fits” me.
5. What was your perception about Hopkins before enrolling and how has it changed since then?
Not gonna lie; I sort of thought everyone was going to be pre-med. I mean, with the hospital and everything, it seemed sort of logical. However, did you know we have the number one creative writing program? And the number one history of art program? And international studies is way up there, too? Coming here has made me realize that medicine isn’t the unifying thread to Hopkins students; it is dedication to the subject we love.
6. What is/was your favorite class?
My favorite class is definitely BME: Modeling and Design. All BME freshmen take it first semester freshmen year, and you are split up into groups of five to do really interesting labs that really stretch your thinking to new levels. At the end, your group gets to do their own project and choose the topic and the winning team gets their poster hung in Clark Hall. My team won with our project on the work required to send a text message, and it was easily the most exciting part of my freshman year.
7. Describe the funniest memory or experience at Hopkins.
My funniest memory at Hopkins was when after a movie, I went back to the AMRs with some new friends I made. We all remarked how hungry we were so we went to their room to get some food. Now, I’m thinking pretzels, chips, you know, something normal. What comes out of their drawer? A cooked duck.
8. How would your college experience be different if you hadn’t chosen Hopkins?
I feel like if I hadn’t gone to Hopkins, I would be a lot more sheltered. Not in the I-haven’t-seen-an-R-rated-movie way, but as far as my education goes, it wouldn’t involve as much experience. I mean, I’m not even 19 years old, and I’m on a design team aiming for a patent and am in the works of getting a research position. I don’t feel like I would have been exposed to this level of opportunities if I hadn’t had a Hopkins education.
9. What has been your greatest contribution during your time at Hopkins?
I hope to have an actual, legit achievement by the time I graduate. For now, it is just that the first week of school a friend and I accidentally walked through a maintenance tunnel, and while walking through it made up a stupid story about a ghost that lives there, and like three weeks later we heard someone else repeating the story. We basically created out own Hopkins legend. Haha
10. What advice would you give a high school senior choosing their college?
Wait until you find the college that “clicks”. I had to wait until April of my senior year when I visited Hopkins, so I didn’t know where I was meant to be until then. But let me tell you one thing: it was worth the wait.