Name: Bryan G. Nance
Region: Delaware, New Jersey
Educational Background: B.S. Sociology, Norfolk State University; MPA, University of Delaware
JHU Start Date: 12 September 2011
Years in Admissions: 12
Why did you choose to go into college admissions?
I enjoy working with young people and in learning organizations.
What do you like best about working in admissions at Johns Hopkins University?
I enjoy interacting with really cool students.
What is your ideal set-up for reading applications?
What do you do when you need a break from application reading?
I am currently engrossed in reading the Hunger Games series. (I hope to finish the first book before the movie is released)
What is one of the quirkiest things an applicant ever did with their application?
Once an applicant sent a life sized 6-foot cutout of himself.
What makes an application essay really stand out for you?
When I get a chance to understand who an applicant really is and how they will fit into the Hopkins community.
What is the funniest thing you’ve overheard or seen while at Johns Hopkins?
I once heard two physics majors describe a hockey goalie as a quantum singularity.
If you could take a class at Hopkins, which one and why?
I love physics! I read Brian Greene for fun. (I don’t always understand it…) I would nevertheless take Condensed Matter Physics.
What is your favorite place on the Homewood campus?
Decker Quad… Where else can you watch live Quidditch matches?
If you could teach an Intersession class, what would be the class name and description?
BBQ for Dummies. Because EVERYBODY needs to know how to smoke something on a grill.
What is the craziest question you’ve ever been asked while recruiting for Johns Hopkins?
Where is Johns Hopkins located? (I was less than 10 miles away from campus when asked that question.)
If you could be a student at Hopkins for a day, what would you look forward to most?
If you could join any Hopkins club or organizations, which one would you join?
Blue Jay ROTC Battalion. As a former Army Officer I bleed black and gold. “Go Army, Beat Navy”. I would also join the Black Student Union. Their description says it all: “To stimulate Black unity, respect, and self-consciousness.”
What song or book or movie makes you think of your college days and why?
Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen. Because no matter how great it was, you can never go back again.
If a movie was made about your life, who would play your part and why?
Captain Kirk would play me because he beat the Kobayashi Maru. Like him, I don’t believe in the no-win scenario. “No win. No Glory.”