Mea Culpa…


Get yourself a large crock pot. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Add all the following ingredients into the pot and stir:

  • 3.5 lbs. of sleep.
  • 1 can of spending Easter with precious Lilly.
  • 21 grams of Open House preparation.
  • 11.24 liters of e-mails, message board posts, and phone calls.
  • A dash of laziness.
  • 3.14 cups of on-campus event programming.
  • 5-4 quarts of Lacrosse support.
  • 18 ounces of catching up on pop culture addictions.
  • A pinch of frustration regarding the weather.
  • Two splashes of procrastination.

Let simmer for 12 days. Serve on a decorated plate of regrets. Voila! There you have it … the recipe for the near two week absence of the Hopkins Insider.

My apologies to my faithful readership. As the ingredients list explains, the last two weeks have been hectic and unfortunately despite the best laid plans I have failed to meet my blogging quota. But to paraphrase my weekday morning radio host mainstay Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike in the Morning, "The Hopkins Insider is back and better than ever."

To compensate for my long absence, between now and the end of the month I will provide you all with not one, not two, not three, but at least EIGHT NEW ENTRIES. Yes, at least eight new entries in just over fourteen days. Here is a sneak preview with a tentative calendar as well:

  • Today: The return of the Insider and some quick links.
  • Wednesday (4/18): The long over-due post for admits.
  • Friday (4/20): The long over-due post re: the wait list.
  • Sunday (4/22): Advice on how to choose which school to attend.
  • Monday (4/23): Per request: A post for transfer applicants.
  • Wednesday (4/25): A post for the Class of 2011 – 30 Things…
  • Thursday (4/26): A special entry – Help Admissions_Daniel.
  • Friday – Thursday (4/27 – 5/3): On the road again.

I know this is an ambitious agenda, but after my nearly two week hiatus I owe this to you all and I am looking forward to all these entries. So stay tuned …

Before I sign off on this return post though, there are a number of items that arose over the last couple of weeks that I wanted to mention. None of these comments are large enough for a full entry, so I present them here as a collection of random notes …

Hopkins Cribs Video Total Grows to Four:

First there was Roxi’s look at AMR II: Gildersleeve; click here.

Then there was Dave’s look at Wolman Hall; click here.

Now there is Blake’s look at Building A; click here.

And also Ramy’s alternative look at Building A; click here.

Also see how we are using video in a number of other Hopkins Interactive posts, here and here and here and here.

Other Great Hopkins Interactive Projects:

As I will do from time-to-time, I wanted to encourage you all to check out some of the cool areas of the Hopkins Interactive site. First, as I mentioned in my last post, we have started a little project with the JHU Fun Blog where we send our "mascots" on little trips. Check out the first entries here.

Also, there has been on ton of activity on the Johns Hopkins Forums including new polls and featured discussion threads. Check them out here and we encourage you all to participate.

Boston Globe Article About Blogging

Another story about blogging in the world of admissions was published today in the Boston Globe. Check out the story here – College Blogs Tell It Like It Is. I was interviewed for this article and half way through there are a few quotes from me and a mention of the great student blogs that make up Hopkins Interactive. I feel as if my comments may be taken out of context and may lead some to assume that the student blogs are edited, censored, and filtered. This is in no way true and in the next day or two I will respond to questions of the "control of the blogs" on this message board thread. Besides my comments which will be posted soon, you can also read the thoughts of the current student bloggers.

Recommended Reading

A few weeks ago during the time when most elite colleges were releasing admissions decisions (including Hopkins), I came across a very well-written and interesting article. I encourage you all to read this and pass it along to your parents, counselors, and friends who are knee-deep in the admissions process right now or will be entering it soon.

The Big Picture of College Admissions by Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Admission at Stanford University

Rarely do a stumble across a good article about the competitiveness to get into college these days — journalists always seem to get the story wrong in my opinion. This however is a column on the right track. I personally agreed whole-heartedly with the following:

"I wish there were a formula to explain who is accepted and who isn’t, but the decision-making is as much art as it is science. Each class is a symphony with its own distinct composition and sound; the final roster is an effort to create harmony, and that means that some extraordinary bass players don’t get a chair. What’s more, even among my staff there are legitimate differences about applicants. The bottom line: The world is not going to judge anyone negatively because they didn’t get into Stanford or one of our peer institutions."

College admissions decision-making is an ART not just a science, those are accurate words.

My Heartfelt Condolences

Finally, many of you are like me are following the news reports of today’s horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech. At times like this there doesn’t seem to exist the right words to express one’s sadness and overwhelming emotions. This is a truly horrific nightmare, and I extend my hope and prayers to the families of the victims and the entire Virginia Tech community. You are all in my heart tonight and for a long time coming.

5 thoughts on “Mea Culpa…

  1. Hi there,
    I would like to ask you questions regarding JHU admisisons blogs.
    I am a writer from columbia spectator writing a feature on online admission blogs.
    Is there any way to do a quick phone interview today/tomorrow?
    Please contact me back

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