Meet Pauline, Adam, Sam, and Sydney
Presented by Admissions_Shannon
I can beat the Duggars any day. I have 158 kids, and counting… 116 girls and 42 boys, all between the ages of 17 and 22. I am the Admissions Mom, watching over her tour guides, student workers, and office interns. And yes, I know they are not REALLY my kids. However, I have known many of them since their first day at Hopkins, and I have watched them grow throughout their time here. They have driven me crazy by not returning emails or wearing jeans to give information sessions (Adam, you are never going to live that down), but have also made me laugh so hard I cried. I know I have said it before, but working with the students at Johns Hopkins is by far the most rewarding part of my job.
This year, my four senior tour guide executive board members will be graduating. Since I have known all four of them for their four years here, I thought I would tell you a little bit about them and how they have taken advantage of their time here at Hopkins.
Pauline Koningsveld (from the Netherlands) – Believe it or not, Pauline never visited JHU before deciding to come here. She took a leap of faith, leaving her hometown of Oegstgeest in the Netherlands and landing in Baltimore in August of 2007. As a double major in international studies and economics, she has organized “Election Watch ’08” on campus, studied abroad in Australia, and helped the FBI recruit prospective employees. If you ask her what her favorite activity on campus is she will probably tell you tour guiding, but I really think that is just because there are often cupcakes in my office. Right now, Pauline is looking for a marketing or production position in the entertainment business out on the west coast. I am excited to see where things take her!
Adam Reiffen (from California) – Just a few weeks ago, Adam was sworn in as a Navy Officer Candidate, and he will now serve four years as an Intelligence Officer. While at Hopkins, I would say he has dabbled in just about everything – a double major in romance languages and international studies, Greek life, the AllNighters a capella group, volunteering and working for the Admissions Office, studying abroad in Portugal, and internships in Washington, D.C. When I asked Adam what he liked best about Hopkins, he said, “I was really blown away at the support and kindness of the student body when I first started here, and I remain impressed to this day. People ask how your day is going and stick around for a response; they volunteer to help you with tough homework assignments or to study for tests; they pick up your shifts at work; and they show up to support you when you’ve got a performance or a show. It’s just a terrific place to go to school and make friends.”
Sam Lichtenstein (from New York) – As an international studies major, Sam founded our political magazine on campus, JHU Politik. He also organizes the JHU Model UN Conference, is co-chair of Seniors for the Hopkins Fund, gives tours, conducts interviews, and serves as an ambassador for Alumni Relations. During his junior year, he spent a semester abroad in London, and during his summers he has held several internships in NYC. Last week, Sam was named the university’s newest Young Trustee – only one student in the entire class is given this designation each year! When Sam and I were talking about his plans next year to work for Teach for America in Houston, TX as a social studies teacher, he said, “It is really sad to realize that there is so little time left at Hopkins! Each year here, one of the main highlights has been Spring Fair. I love seeing the campus transformed into a giant amusement park. Of course, once you are over 21, the Beer Garden is a major focal point of the weekend. Other than that, I have loved spending time laying out on the Beach and doing nothing. It is very rare for me to have absolutely nothing to do, so once it becomes warm enough to use the Beach, I take full advantage of it.”
Sydney Greenberg (from Massachusetts) – I first met Sydney as a prospective student. She was on campus for our Hodson Scholar reception during one of our admitted student events. Soon thereafter, she enrolled and was on campus for the start of her freshman year. In addition to playing varsity field hockey for Hopkins, Sydney has given tours, interviews, and information sessions for Admissions (you might have met her on one of your visits here!). She has also found time to TA for a leadership class and study abroad – both a summer in China, as well as a traveling semester for her Public Health major in Switzerland, China, South Africa, and India. Next year, she too is headed off to work with Teach for America. She will be stationed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
As you can see, they have all really made the most of their time here. While I am not picking favorites (I would be an awful “mom” if I did), I can say that I will truly miss my tour guide executive board next year when they leave their Blue Jay nest and fly into their new adventures.