It’s summer time in Baltimore and we have had heat waves galore. Just yesterday we reached a whopping 108 degrees! While there have been many students, both current and high school, on campus taking summer classes or participating in summer programs like Engineering Innovations, Summer Programs, or CTY, there is much more to do in the city. Whether students are involved in internships, research, or just enjoying Baltimore, everyone is keeping busy.
Here are a few examples of some great things they are doing:
Ashley Adams – Class of 2014 – Psychology major from Montclair, New Jersey
After watching her older brother walk across the stage with the Class of 2012, Ashley decided to stick around this summer. While she works in our office as an intern several days a week, gives tours, and conducts interviews, she has also obtained a job downtown with the Neuroradiology Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is currently assisting with data analysis and assisting in writing a paper on the correlation between inflammation in different regions of the brain and different psychological disorders related to it. She is planning to present this info at a conference in November. In addition, she is working with grant funding to study early onset memory deficits in NFL players! In her free time (yes, she does more!), she has been volunteering at a clinic:
“I’ve been attending a medical clinic once a week where Hopkins students ‘act’ as physicians to the homeless men in the shelter as we discuss with them their symptoms, then present our cases and possible treatment plans to the doctor. I’ve been learning so much about medicine, from the more common facts, such as when to prescribe ibuprofen (Advil) over naproxen (Aleve), to the more serious, such as the symptoms and diagnosis of tuberculosis. Most importantly, I’ve been able to gain hands on experience in a fun yet real clinical setting and have developed more confidence and composure while interacting with patients.”
Oh, and we had time to see an Orioles game too!
Ben Wasser – Class of 2013 – Mechanical engineering major, mathematics minor from Watchung Hills, New Jersey
One last summer on campus before his senior year? Why not? Since Ben will be graduating next May, he decided that one last summer in Baltimore would be a lot of fun. He is continuing his research for the Applied Physics Lab (he was sitting in my office just the other day while he was waiting for some final experiments to be completed!) and enjoying the company of his friends. He has been embracing the heat—just the other day he told me he ate some hot soup to cool down. :)
“I’ve gotten an amazing experience conducting research for the APL—I honestly don’t know how many people can say they helped build a satellite by the end of their sophomore year! But more importantly, I love spending summer in Baltimore, trying out new interesting restaurants, First Thursdays in Mt. Vernon, and Artscape are all super fun. This year was the 200th celebration of the war of 1812 and I went down to the harbor with my friends and we watched all the tall ships from across the globe sail in; it was quite the experience!”
Kimmy Hilson – Class of 2014 – Sociology major, entrepreneurship and management minor from Baltimore, Maryland
Half at home, half at Hopkins, Kimmy is technically going home for the summer and staying on campus! A Baltimore native, she is an expert at visiting all of the hot spots in the city – she will tell you that the best crab cakes are from Koco’s Pub on Harford Road and you can get a great funnel cake at any fair or festival in the summer. To keep busy, she has been working in admissions and downtown:
“Other than working in the Admissions office two days a week this summer, I am also a marketing intern at a capital management firm in Mount Vernon, right near Peabody. It’s been a fun experience, and I am learning a lot about finance and investment, as well as applying the marketing skills that I have learned here at Hopkins. I am responsible for updating the company’s databases and maintaining client relationships, as well as working on marketing initiatives to attract new clients.
When I am not working, I’ve become a real Baltimore Orioles fan, going to countless games with my friends from Mason Hall as well as some of my friends from high school. I even bought my first ever Orioles t-shirt! I spent 8 days in the dark and heat at home as a result of the derecho storm that hit Baltimore right at the end of June, but it has still been a fun time :)”
Really, she is a HUGE Oriole’s fan…take a look for yourself!
Ian Han – Class of 2014 – Film and media studies and public health double major, entrepreneurship and management minor from San Diego, California
I first met Ian out on the road during his senior year in high school; shortly thereafter, he was applying Early Decision, and now he is working for me. Since he hails from across the country, he decided to stick around in Baltimore this summer. He has been holding a job down in both Admissions and in Levering Hall at the Information Desk. When it comes to exploring the city, he has been trying out new restaurants, venturing down to DC, and frequenting the farmers market. He attended the 4th of July fireworks in the Harbor and plans on stopping by Artscape this weekend. On top of all of this, he is launching his second business on campus:
“One of the greatest things about Hopkins is the opportunities you can take advantage of. This summer I am in the process of building my second business, The Complete Dorm Room, a service for incoming freshmen to get all their living essential items from bedding to binders and everything in between. I had never thought about business before coming to Hopkins but early freshmen year I had an idea for a business and approached a student group on campus called Hopkins Student Enterprises, a venture capital fund for student businesses. They liked my idea enough to invest as well as provided me awesome mentorship from talented business people turned professors. Through this opportunity I was able to start up my first business. A year later the first business had enough capital to fund this summer’s project. I could never ask for a more awesome opportunity and support!”
So, after reading about these students, you think to yourself, “It would be great to meet Ashley, Ben, Kimmy, and Ian,” then come on out to our last Hopkins Preview this coming Saturday, July 28th. We guarantee you will love chatting with them!