My name is Jordan Matelsky, and I’m an incoming neuroscience major. Or incoming computer science major. Or neuro-major/robotics-minor. We’ll find out soon. Regardless, as a Hopkins Ambassador to the internets-machine, I feel that it is my duty to pass on this following knowledge to you, dear reader; Hopkins is the place to be.
I began my official college searching with a visit to Johns Hopkins University. It was on a family trip during NJ Teachers’ Convention, and I was attempting to be a “super-savvy sophomore” (a term I learned from JHU Admissions that very day). Accompanied by both parents, two grandparents and my younger sister, we were taking our first steps onto campus as two students quickly walked past, gesticulating excitedly, their talk centering around those unmistakable ‘pre-med words’ that have more syllables in them than most people use in an average day. My grandfather, a dentist, looked at me and said, “Alright, decision made. This is where you’re going.”
It took me a little bit longer to be convinced. It took me about thirty seconds longer, in fact, because that was when we passed the beautiful ♥ daVinci surgical robot ♥. At the time, she struck me as the mechanical equivalent of some tremendous work of art — like the Venus de Milo, except with more arms instead of fewer. Like the Venus, she was displayed in her casual pose, in all of her magical, pre-med splendor behind an enormous glass wall of Hackerman Hall.
Pardon the interruption, but here’s a quick non sequitur: Johns Hopkins is not a pre-med-only exclusive club. I happen to be a pre-med kind of guy, but most people I’ve met in my class so far are not pre-med. Let that be a lesson to you: You can do anything you like at Hopkins — including, I learned recently, join a circus. Totally serious, folks. At Johns Hopkins. (For a more comprehensive list of all the crazy stuff you could do at JHU, check out this page.) One of the most incredible things about this university is how extraordinarily diverse the interests of its wonderfully closely-knit community are. Already, I’ve met an art/music major, biology major, and a general-engineering major who are all fluent in computer programming languages. This parallels the computer-engineer, biomedical engineer, and architect who are all virtuosos on their corresponding musical instruments; or the robotics major, the writing-seminars major, and the art/music major who are trying out for intercollegiate sports.
Much like how neurons are specialized, brilliant individual cells in our body, the students, faculty and staff are specialized, brilliant individuals at Johns Hopkins. And, much like how a neuron branches out to contact thousands of other neurons — each specialized in their own right — the Johns Hopkins community allows incredible interconnectivity and mingling, so that each individual, with their own merits and strengths, can contribute to the communal mind of the university that — if the past is any indication of the future — can accomplish anything!