As graduation looms just over a month a way, I have become rather reflective about my time here on Homewood. Although I’m eagerly anticipating the next stage of my life, I’m sorry to say goodbye the place that has been my home for the past four years and more convinced than ever that coming to Hopkins was the best decision I ever made.
Over the course of my blogging career, I’ve written several Why Hopkins blogs, (see here, here and here). But each new semester brought new reasons why I love this school, so I decided to compile a full list of why Hopkins has been the perfect place for my undergraduate education. From the silly to the serious, this list spans all the factors that have made these the best four years of my life.
Baltimore’s awesome neighborhoods – exploring Hampden, Harbor East, Fell’s Point and Mount Vernon has been incredible. The Baltimore food scene is amazing!
- The emphasis placed on encouraging undergraduate research – not many other universities offer $10,000 to students to use on any kind of research project. See how I used my Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship here!
- My beautiful off-campus apartment (it’s a 10 minute walk from anywhere on campus). My building has it’s own gym, a pool on the roof and a movie theater. HEAVEN.
- The federal style architecture of the Homewood campus – all the buildings are a matching brick and it’s perfection.
- The small sizes of my humanities classes – from my very first semester at Hopkins I was talking seminars of 15 people or less.
- There are so many different ways to study abroad – I interned for a summer abroad, studied at a foreign university for a semester and took an Intersession three-week abroad course through Hopkins.
- The light distribution requirements have made it easy for me to take a wide variety of subjects outside my major but still classes I love to be in.
- My wonderful thesis advisor Professor Walkowitz who could not have been a more attentive and supportive mentor.
My part-time job in the Admissions Office – I’ve been doing Admissions work since August of my freshman year and I’m so grateful that I’ve gotten to share my experience and passion for JHU with so many prospective students. Having a little extra cash flow from my job helps too!
- Donna’s sweet potato fries and Tamber’s chicken tiki masala
- If you come to Hopkins and don’t take a history class during your time here, you’re doing something wrong. In my opinion, there is no better department or set of professors.
- The incredible professional opportunities I’ve had by being a Hopkins student – I’ve interned at three different publishing companies in New York and London during my time here.
- JHU is an environment where students are so passionate, driven and excited to be here. It’s so inspirational to be around and you won’t find a community as wonderful, diverse or rich anywhere else.
- Hopkins has a three-week January term called Intersession that’s perfect for travel, research, classes or relaxation!
- One of the great things about Baltimore is that you get to experience all types of seasons. You’ll see the autumn leaves falling, get emails about classes canceled for a snow day, watch the flowers blossom and tan out in the hot Baltimore sun.
- Another aspect of Baltimore I love is it’s accessibility to other places – Washington, D.C., NYC and Philadelphia are all a train or bus ride away.
- During the Admitted Student Open Houses, I am always asked about safety on campus. With blue lights located all over the Homewood campus, shuttles to off-campus locations and security guards visible at every step of my walk to my apartment building, there’s never been a time where I’ve felt unsafe in my four years here.
- No matter what subject you’re studying here, you’re almost guaranteed that it is one of the topic departments of its field in the country, so even if you’re coming in to JHU undecided, you really can’t go wrong.