Name: Mark Butt
Years at Johns Hopkins: Four
Admissions territory: NJ, DE, International
Educational background: University of Delaware (UG), University of Pennyslvania (G)
Your programs of study in College: Elementary Teacher Education, Sciences
Your College mascot: Fightin’ Blue Hen
Did you study abroad during college, and if so, where did you go: England, Scotland
Years working in College Admissions: Six
Favorite spot on the Homewood campus: Upper Quad in Spring
Favorite Hopkins tradition: Lighting of the Quad / Graduation
Hometown (when you were growing up): Ottawa, Canada
What is the one thing someone must do if they visited the town of your childhood: Go Skating down the Rideau Canal in the winter – 4.8 miles of frozen fun!
Favorite book: 100 Years of Solitude; Bridges of Madison County, Le Petit Prince
Favorite movie: Singin’ in the Rain, Water, Born into Brothels.
Favorite musician / band: Mary J. Blige, Paramore, The Starting Line
The first concert you ever attended: Dave Matthews Band circa 1998
The best concert you ever attended: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra 2004 (conductor Edo de Waart) – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Absolutely incredible!!
What song title best describes you: Around the World – Daft Punk
Favorite television show (current): Hoarders on A&E, most things on Bravo!
Favorite television show (cancelled / retired): Golden Girls
Do you prefer the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, or none of the above: Eh… Awards are overrated!
The most famous person you have ever met: Michelle Kwan
The person living or dead you would most want to meet: Malcolm Gladwell would be cool.
Favorite sports team to root for: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Favorite food: Chicken Tikka Masala, any type of noodle dish.
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten: Chocolate Ants & Teriyaki Crickets (Thailand)
Mac or PC: PC
Favorite board game: Clue, Risk (if you have a whole day or two…)
Favorite day of the calendar year: If it’s a long weekend – it’s my favorite!
Favorite season (fall / spring / winter / summer): Winter but Fall looks the nicest around campus.
Favorite fictional character: Cookie Monster
Do you have a nickname, and if so, what is it: Usually Markers or Marky Mark.
How many times did it take you to pass your driver’s test: Just once!
Your guilty pleasures: Twizzlers, beaches, iTunes, cartoons, documentaries.
Where do you get your news from: Twitter, BBC, CBC
Now some questions that relate to your job in Admissions at Hopkins:
What is your biggest admissions pet peeve: When you can clearly tell that mom or dad did most of the work in the application – that drives me nuts.
Where is your favorite place to read applications: at home or the local café.
What is your beverage of choice when reading applications: Diet Coke – forever and always!
Do you listen to music when you read application, and if so, what: very upbeat music usually streaming some radio stations from overseas or from across the US.
What is your favorite food to snack on when reading applications: Eating is too messy…
Do you prefer reading applications online or the old paper folders / files: ONLINE!!!
When procrastinating from reading applications, what are you typically doing: social media
What is the first part of the application you look at: transcript!
In your application review write-ups, what are the three words you most commonly use: this is hard but most likely I’ll use ‘exceptional’, ‘fit’ and ‘contribution’.
Most memorable item an applicant has ever sent in to supplement their application: oh man… I have received some crazy things… perhaps a dirty t-shirt?
If you could add one question to the Hopkins application, what would it be: In which club, organization or activity would you most likely be participating if you were to join the Hopkins community? Least likely?
When on the road for University travel, which fast food restaurant to you frequent most: Subway!
What is your favorite hotel chain to stay in while on the road: Hmm – Hilton if I can (I like points!) but usually location dictates!
During your recruitment travels, where is your favorite place to visit: local museums, historical or religious buildings, and tall buildings or monuments that give me a great view of where I am.