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Meet My Friends

One of the great things about Hopkins is the people you’ll meet here. Hopkins attracts people from all over the country and all different interests, and one of the great things about Hopkins Interactive is that it showcases the diversity of student voices here on campus. However, I figure hearing a few new student perspectives can’t hurt, so I figured I would force my friends to answer some questions in the interest of both changing it up and procrastinating. So, without further ado, I invite you to meet my friends (i.e. the swim team).

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Name: Caroline

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Florida

Year: Freshman

 

  • What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?
    • How fun and cooperative people are, and how much everyone wants to work with each other and help others succeed.
  • Why did you come to Hopkins?
    • I came to Hopkins because when I came to campus I immediately felt at home. Also, the academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities were exactly what I was looking for in a university!
  • What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
    • If you’ve heard rumors about how hard Hopkins is, it’s true BUT it is all manageable and everyone here wants to see you succeed and they will go to great measures to help you do that.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 8.00.14 PMName: Raphael

Major: BME

Hometown: Baltimore

Year: 2020

 

  • What’s your biggest struggle right now?.
    • Balancing all of my classes work and swimming. I am currently training to compete at NCAA’s in Texas and have to keep school and swimming my priorities.
  • What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?
    • How nice and helpful everyone at Hopkins is. There is always someone willing to help you when you need it.
  • What’s something interesting you learned in class?
    • I took Organic Chemistry last semester and i found the subject really difficult but also really interesting and fun to learn. We learned a bunch of reactions and the why and how of every reaction. It was a really interesting class.
  • What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
    • Work hard, but also have fun. There is no need to be stuck in the library all day and night go and have fun there is so much to do at Hopkins other then study. Of course that’s important and a big part of being here, but explore Baltimore and everything Hopkins and the city has to offer.

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Name: Erik

Major: International Studies & Economics

Hometown: New York City

Year: Sophomore

 

  • What’s your biggest struggle right now?
    • Making sure that my courses are fitting my schedule in the next year before I head off to SAIS.
  • What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?
    • The diversity of backgrounds of people studying the same subject matter.
  • What’s something interesting you learned in class?
    • The role of the Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in tracking down terrorist funding.
  • What puts a smile on your face?
    • Ms. Gladys at FFC.
  • What do you do when you’re not studying?
    • I swim for Hopkins Varsity Swimming and research developments in the Syrian Civil war.
  • Why did you come to Hopkins?
    • The awesome opportunities to explore international relations and the swimming program.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 7.56.42 PMName: Michelle

Major: Cellular and Molecular Biology

Hometown: Michigan

Year: Freshman

 

  • What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?
    • The social life here is much more lively and fun than I expected.
  • What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
    • Know what’s happening before getting here, being behind before school even starts will make the rest of the semester a lot harder.
  • What puts a smile on your face?
    • Seeing dogs on campus.
  • What’s your guilty pleasure?
    • Turkey burgers from the Daily Grind.
  • What’s a change you’ve made recently?
    • I dyed my hair from black to red.
  • What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?
    • When the sprinkler went off on our way to Late Night and we all screamed and dove to the ground.

 

One Comment

  1. Lauren,

    Wow! I’m so happy you’ve found such great friends at JHU! I applied as a transfer, for this upcoming Fall. I so hope I get accepted, as your post genuinely illustrates a huge portion of why I want to attend Hopkins!

    Of course there are opportunities like no other, but that you’re surrounded by such a diverse body of peers with unique backgrounds and goals; it truly makes a school into a community. One of the things that really stood out to me is that the school, overall, seemed much more unified, both socially, and academically.

    I feel this is something that a lot of other schools, which, though they may also hold unique experiences, seem to have a lack of equality. Often, there is something of a disparity between academic departments, as well as a cut-and-dry focus for certain majors. Specialization is all good and well, but I infinitely admire the interdisciplinary focus of Hopkins; bringing together so many different people with varying interests, like you and your friends, and inspiring you both work hard, and enjoy the freedom of your undergraduate years.

    I hope to join you all in the Fall and see you on Homewood! : )

    -W. Storm Poser