Hello there, Hopkins Insider readers! My name is Laurin Wolf, and I’m the newest addition to the admissions counseling staff at JHU. I’m so excited to be part of the team and to help represent my alma mater. Yes, I’m also a proud 2012 graduate of Johns Hopkins! Over my past four years on the Homewood campus, I completed a degree in the Writing Seminars, met a lot of amazing people (some of whom will be my friends for life), and learned a lot about myself. I also went on many adventures in Charm City, where I learned important life skills like how to eat a crab.
Here’s a little bit about me: I’m from a small town in Minnesota, where lakes, ice hockey, and the Mall of America reign (and no, I don’t think I have a Minnesota accent, although some people disagree). My name is really, actually spelled L-a-u-r-I-n (I’m named for my paternal grandfather, who went through almost his entire life never knowing the correct spelling of his own name). I feel a deep kinship with our founder, Johns Hopkins, as I have no doubt that he, too, was constantly having to confirm the spelling of his first name (“Yes, yes, you heard me right… that’s Johnssssss Hopkins”). As a student at JHU, I was a member of a sorority, served on the staff of a literary publication, joined a community service/running club in downtown Baltimore (you can read my Hopkins Interactive guest blog about that experience here), studied abroad in Barcelona, held multiple internships and, as you might have guessed, hung around the Admissions Office a lot! I was a Blue Key tour guide, an Admissions Representative, and a student worker during my four years here. When I found out about the open Admissions Counselor position, I was totally psyched. The job combined many of the things I was looking for in a career—the opportunity to meet new people, see new places, and use my writing skills—AND I would get to get to do all of this on behalf of the school I loved. Plus I would get to spend even more time with your favorite bloggers Admissions_Daniel and Admissions_Shannon—and who wouldn’t want that?!
Like the rest of the counselors here in the office, I’ll be hitting the road in the fall for recruitment travel and I am thrilled about this aspect of my job. That’s because I’ll get to meet some of you in person! My territory will include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. You’ll start seeing more and more of me on this site, as another part of my role in the Admissions Office will be overseeing the fantastic group of students who contribute to Hopkins Interactive, more formally known as the Student Admissions Advisory Board (SAAB). I’ll also be supporting the Admissions Representatives with my colleague (and fellow Hopkins alum!) Dana Messinger. I have a feeling that every day in this office is going to be a little bit different, and that makes me even more excited to be on board.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve given my first solo information sessions in front of groups of prospective students and their parents. It was a little nerve-wracking at first but mostly a lot of fun! I love engaging with people and I could probably talk about JHU for 5 hours straight (though that would be a little boring for my group and exhausting for me). My next challenge is to figure out ways to make my info session my own and discover my unique voice when I’m up in front of a crowd, while still dispensing all the key points. As a Writing Sems major, this is something I’ve worked on a lot, so I’m looking forward to putting those skills into practice in a new way. I’ve also been busy planning my first trips and learning more about the ins and outs of the office. I’m going to a conference for local admissions counselors at the University of Delaware at the end of the month, where I’ll have the opportunity to meet some of my colleagues from peer institutions.
In addition to sharing my musings on the life of a first-year Admissions Counselor, I also hope to give all of you readers some insights into the life of a recent Hopkins grad living in the city and taking on the “real world.” I expect that this transition will provide moments of triumph, frustration, and downright hilariousness (much like my freshman year of college, actually)! For example, all three were rolled into one incident late last week when I found myself standing on a rickety set of plastic drawers wearing a pair of platform high heels, desperately trying to detach a faulty smoke detector whose incessant beeping threatened to keep me awake all night. Granted, it was probably not the safest choice I’ve ever made (don’t try this at home!) but I think it was a good use of my Hopkins-learned ingenuity. Next order of business: befriend a giant, or at least someone with a ladder. As silly as all of this may sound, I hope that my quest to find balance and happiness in my LAC (Life After College) will be interesting and useful to you, too.
Well, the summer heat is certainly on here in Baltimore, but it’s nice and cool in Mason Hall (it’s actually freezing—I’m wearing a fleece jacket and a blanket as I type this! That’s one aspect of office life I haven’t yet adjusted to). Come visit us if you have a chance (there’s still time to check out a Hopkins Preview this month), and enjoy the rest of the sweet summer. Until next time…