Get to Know JHU_Noah:
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Majors: Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience
When I grow up, I want to: donate a building to the University, or have an endowed scholarship with my name on it––I just want to be able to give back to the University that has given me so much, but in style!
Favorite place to eat in Baltimore: Woodberry Kitchen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2fp6K8vMsc)
Favorite spot on the Homewood campus: DA BEACH :)
Favorite TV Show: Ahh! It’s a tie between How I Met Your Mother, House, The Big Bang Theory, Skins (UK) and The West Wing.
Favorite Colors: Sky Blue and Black! Go Hop!
Favorite Sports Team: Johns Hopkins Men’s Soccer
My Hopkins Experience:
When did you know Hopkins was right for you? The very moment I stepped on campus for the first time. As soon as I discovered and started reading about Hopkins, I loved it. But I hadn’t fully committed to it in my head until I came to visit Homewood. I explored a bit on my own first, and then took the best college tour ever. Done deal. Go Hop.
What is one thing that would surprise your friends/family about Hopkins? Well, at the risk of being cliché, I think that my friends and family would be surprised to hear that Hopkins isn’t cutthroat AT ALL. It’s probably the most friendly and collaborative community I’ve ever been been a part of.
If you were University President, what is the first thing you would do or change? I would make Chemistry Lab worth 2 credits. That class is way too much work to be worth one credit. On the other hand, it’s kind of a rite of passage, so maybe it’s just better to trudge through for only one credit just to say you did. Oh, I know: I would allot institutional funds for summer financial aid, so undergrads could get important prerequisites like Organic Chemistry out of the way without emptying their pockets or forcing them to take out another loan.
If you could go back and choose your college again, would you pick Hopkins? Why? Of course, in half a heartbeat. Hopkins has lived up to all of my expectations and then some. The Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience programs are amazing. I’m so happy with my choice.
What was your perception about Hopkins before enrolling and how has it changed since then? Honestly, I was shocked at how many people thought that there was a lack of social life at Hopkins! The only story I had heard about Hopkins (other than from Hopkins Interactive) before coming here was a cautionary tale about a friend’s brother partying too hard, failing a class required for his major, and not getting his diploma until the summer after all the other seniors had graduated! So I came in with the mindset that I was going to have to make an effort to keep my partying to a minimum! At Hopkins, we definitely play hard, but it’s okay because we work harder. :)
What is/was your favorite class? Introduction to Neuroscience with Professor Hendry. It’s one of the Neuro classes that Freshmen can take during the fall semester. It’s not required, but I highly recommend it.
Describe your funniest memory or experience at Hopkins: This is a hard one for two reasons. Firstly, there are too many to choose from. Secondly, most of them would only be funny if you were there or understand a lot of the campus inside jokes. But probably the funniest moment I can think of on the spot is when one of the Neuroscience professors, Dr. Linda Gorman, during a seminar about alcohol and drugs, spoke of the dangers of abusing psychostimulants like Ritalin and what to do when you feel extremely stressed out: “When you feel like you’re so stressed that you can’t stand it any more, and you have been working nonstop, and you just need to do something stupid to get your mind off things, don’t do drugs…DRINK!!!” Good times. Gotta love her.
How would your college experience be different if you hadn’t chosen Hopkins? I can’t speak to what I’d have now if I had chosen another school, but the list of things I’d tragically have never been able to experience is too long for the space provided. I can’t imagine not having made the friends that I have, not having learned that which I have from these world class professors, not having had a lazy, warm Sunday to spend sprawled out on the Beach, and, of course, I don’t know what I ever would have done had Lucie not asked me to be her co-host on “Learn More, See More, B’more”!
What has your greatest contribution been during your time at Hopkins? Well, I’d like to think Lucie and I have contributed a lot with our show…but in addition to that I think serving on SAAB and SAAC have allowed me to do a lot for my Homewood community by helping recruit the best prospective students and representing the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams, respectively. Also, I founded NeuroJAYS (The Neuroscience Journal Association for Young Scientists) with the help of a few of my neuroscience friends (first props to Lara Tromba, who didn’t laugh at me when I randomly suggested the creation of a Neuroscience journal club in the middle of Cog. Neuro.), and I think that’s going to develop into a really great contribution to Homewood’s academic life.
What do you hope to accomplish before graduation? At the very least, I hope to have double-majored, earned a Master’s of Science degree, all the while as a varsity athlete.
What advice would you give to a high school senior choosing their college? Don’t follow the name on the brochure, follow your heart. It’s all about feel, no matter where you are. I couldn’t possibly believe this more: you will be a thousand-fold more successful at a school you love from the first moment you step on campus than at a school you attend to appease your parents, your friends from home, or your own lifelong desires. Even if that school isn’t Hopkins, just find the place that’s really right for you.