Get to Know Your Admissions Counselor II: Sarah Godwin


Sarah as a blue jay
Sarah as a blue jay

Name:  Sarah Godwin

Years at Johns Hopkins: 2

Admissions territory: Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi

Educational background: B.A. Political Science, University of Vermont, M.A. Higher Education, George Washington

Your College mascot: Catamount

Did you study abroad during college, and if so, where did you go: No, but I wish I did!

Years working in College Admissions: 5

Favorite spot on the Homewood campus: There is a tiny bench in the corner right outside the basement of Levering. It is fun to sit there and people watch.

Favorite Hopkins tradition: Lighting of the Quad

Hometown (when you were growing up): Poultney, Vermont

What is the one thing someone must do if they visited the town of your childhood: Eat fudge from The Original Vermont Store! I’ve traveled the world and still OVS has THE BEST fudge.

Favorite book: The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx

Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite musician / band: Madonna

The first concert you ever attended: Whitney Houston

The best concert you ever attended: This survey is biased by assuming everyone attends concerts

Favorite television show (current): The Biggest Loser

Favorite television show (cancelled / retired): Well…when Oprah ends that will be tragic.

Do you prefer the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, or none of the above: Oscars

The person living or dead you would most want to meet: Bill Clinton

Favorite sports team to root for: New England Patriots

Favorite food: Mac n’ Cheese – yum

What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten: Frog legs

Mac or PC: PC. I don’t like my Mac

Favorite board game: Scrabble

Favorite day of the calendar year: December 22, the days start to get longer.

Favorite season (fall / spring / winter / summer): Fall

Favorite fictional character: Jay Gatsby

Do you have a nickname, and if so, what is it: sgoddies

How many times did it take you to pass your driver’s test: 1

Your guilty pleasures: I love QVC! You should watch.

Where do you get your news from: The Week

Now some questions that relate to your job in Admissions at Hopkins:

What is your biggest admissions pet peeve: Asking questions that are CLEARLY answered on our Web site.

Where is your favorite place to read applications: My 15th floor apartment, I have a great view

What is your beverage of choice when reading applications: coffee, seltzer, diet coke

Do you listen to music when you read application, and if so, what: Nope, I’m focused 100% on application reading.

What is your favorite food to snack on when reading applications: Pretzels

Do you prefer reading applications online or the old paper folders / files: At first, paper – but now I love on-line.

When procrastinating from reading applications, what are you typically doing: Shopping

What is the first part of the application you look at: Is English your first language?

In your application review write-ups, what are the three words you most commonly use:  student, research, Hopkins

If you could add one question to the Hopkins application, what would it be: If you had $10 to spend what would you do for the day? This question use to be on the Hopkins application, it is no longer (tear).

When on the road for University travel, which fast food restaurant to you frequent most: McDonalds, obviously.

What is your favorite hotel chain to stay in while on the road: Marriott or Hampton Inn

During your recruitment travels, where is your favorite place to visit: Boulder, CO!

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