Name: Michelle Tellock
Class: Class of 2007 Graduate
Hometown: Hortonville, WI
Current Residence: Washington, DC
Major(s): Cognitive Science and Sociology
I’m writing to you from the 2nd-floor balcony of the beautiful Hotel Mt. Pleasant – the affectionate name my housemates and I have given to our residence in DC. Why is it a hotel, you ask? Well, it’s because we have a seemingly-endless list of guests and visitors – friends, former classmates, new coworkers, high school buddies, and out-of-town family members. At any moment, someone new could be coming over or crashing on one of our couches. It’s certainly never routine, and there is ALWAYS someone who wants to hang out or explore the city.
For the past four months, I’ve been working as a research analyst at a consulting firm in DC, just a few blocks from the White House. I do research into all things computer-related, which I find really interesting. The web design and database work I did at the Center for Social Organization of Schools while at Hopkins has definitely made it easy for me to start a job that isn’t exactly (okay, at all) related to my majors – cognitive science and sociology.
Living in DC has also given me the opportunity to stay connected to an activity that I devoted a TON of time to while in college – the JHU debate team. There are a handful of DC-area tournaments each fall, and we live close enough to Baltimore to be able to help at Hopkins’ home tournament, too. It’s nice to see a bunch of my friends, help out by judging a few rounds, and get to know the new Hopkins novices when they stay over at our house on DC-tournament weekends.
Besides debate, in college I was involved in a variety of other on-campus student groups and activities. I was a resident advisor for my junior and senior years – I lived with between 40-50 underclassmen in dorms, which was a blast. I also did research in the Language & Cognition Lab in the cognitive science department. Combined with my courses in sociology and at the JHU School of Education, my research experiences and my summer internships have led me to a goal of working in education law and policy creation. It’s fitting, then, that during my junior and senior years, I worked at the Center for Social Organization of Schools and also in the Admissions office – two more education-related jobs.
Lately a lot of my time has been taken up by doing what many of you are doing – investigating schools, writing essays, and filling out seemingly-endless applications! I am currently in the midst of completing about a dozen law school applications, so I feel your pain. I spent about three months studying for the LSAT that was administered in September, and now it’s really crunch time for turning in all my forms. It’s definitely exciting to get lots of e-mails and packages from law schools telling me all about their programs, and I’m looking forward to visiting a bunch of the campuses, too.
Though I’m glad that I took some time off after college to work (and breathe!), I’m really looking forward to going back to school. I can only hope that whichever law school I end up at provides me with an experience as fulfilling and enjoyable as I had at Hopkins – the academic and extracurricular activities at Homewood have definitely prepared me for what I want to do in the future, and I have met some of the most amazing people who I am now lucky enough to call my friends – including the seven (yes seven!) of them that live with me.
Well, time to go back inside the house…it’s our weekly “Kid Nation” viewing (we’re seriously addicted), and we have to pick up the Chinese food from the place down the street before we settle in for the night. I hope your school year is off to a great start – please feel free to leave me a comment or ask a question – I love talking about my experiences at Hopkins! You can also check out my archived blog from when I was a Hopkins student: Not-Quite-Daily-Ramblings.