Over the next few weeks, the Hopkins Interactive bloggers will be posting a common blog. Through these, you’ll get to know the bloggers, and learn a little bit more about our Hopkins experience and why we chose Hopkins.
Get to Know JHU_Cate Name:
Me in my wicked awesome Dealbreakers shirt. Liz Lemon is my idol. Thank you NBC Experience Store!
1. Birthplace and current hometown: Minneapolis, MN
2. Major(s)/Minor(s): Double Major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer and Mathematics
3. When I grow up I want to… be a mad scientist… which will require me to get a perm.
4. Favorite place to eat in Baltimore: Am I allowed to say Coldstone? Okay, Coldstone it is. I love banana and chocolate ice cream with almonds.
5. Favorite spot on the Homewood campus
6. Favorite TV show: 30 Rock
7. Favorite color: Yellow
8. Favorite sports team: I really don’t like sports, but my boyfriend is a fantasy basketball March Madness champion. I have no idea what that means…
My favorite baltimorean foods: crab chips, berger cookies, Carma's pink dalmations, and Zeke's coffee (charm city blend.)
My Hopkins Experience:
1. When did you know Hopkins was right for you?
Although I applied ED, I can honestly say I wasn’t 100% sure if Hopkins was right to me on the day I signed me ED contract. I sort of went with my gut, chose not to look back, and I haven’t. However, I can say as a word of advice, don’t apply ED unless you really feel that is the right choice. It’s a huge commitment, so make sure your gut is in it. In terms of when I really realized Hopkins was the right choice, I can’t really pinpoint a day, or week. I think it was at the tail end of freshmen year. At first, there were obvious struggles, especially adjusting to being so far away from home. This semester especially has been absolutely amazing, and I am so happy I am studying at Hopkins and really looking forward to my last four semesters here.
2. What is one thing that would surprise your friends/family about Hopkins?
Honestly, back in the ‘ol midwest, a lot of people are not familiar with the name Johns Hopkins. People have honestly asked me if that’s in Illinois or something. I really don’t think a lot of people realize the tremendous impact this university has on research and academics as a whole.
3. If you were the University President, what is the first thing you would do or change?
I would allow food on more levels in the library. I’m sick of sneaking peanut m&ms in my purse. However, I can brag and say I have eaten a whole burrito bowl on C level with out being caught by the snack police.
4. If you could go back and choose your college again, would you pick Hopkins? Why?
I really can’t imagine my college life anywhere else except Hopkins. However, there are days I really wish I went to a party school. You really do work very hard here, but it definitely pays off.
5. What was your perception about Hopkins before enrolling and how has it changed since then?
I think I didn’t really know much about Hopkins before I came here. I’ve learned so much in these past two years. I think I definitely knew about the prestige and rigor before becoming a student. When you’re a student, you don’t really think about that stuff anymore. Hopkins becomes Hopkins, your Hopkins, and you really don’t have this distant and disconnected perspective. It’s where you live, eat, and breathe. You’re really a part of it.
My humble abode. The worm's name is Alexander. He was a gift from my sister. I have a lot of dirty spoons.
6. What is/was your favorite class?
I really enjoyed the last couple of math courses I have taken. This semester I am taking Analysis 1, which is like relearning calculus but this time you have to prove everything! It’s a lot of fun and a great mind game.
7. Describe your funniest memory or experience at Hopkins:
Ah!, so many! There was one time we where up really late studying and JHU_Greco did this hilarious impression of our friend Nick’s mother, who is Italian. We constantly try to get him to repeat it, but he wont’.
8. How would your college experience be different if you hadn’t chosen Hopkins?
I think if I hadn’t come to Hopkins, I would still be in the Midwest. Moving far away has really helped me grow into a more independent person.
9. What has your greatest contribution been during your time at Hopkins, or what do you hope to accomplish before graduation?
I really don’t know if anything I’ve done has been considered a “great contribution.” I guess I just want to continue blogging, in hopes that some prospective out there will read my blogs and really connect to what I am saying.
10. What advice would you give to a high school senior choosing their college?
Really do your research, but never doubt your gut. I looked into a lot of schools, but in the end I knew Hopkins was the right choice. I signed that ED contract, and I never looked back. I couldn’t be happier.
So these are my reasons for Why Hopkins. I’ve hoped you have enjoyed learning a little more about me.