A lot about Hopkins Interactive has changed since I first joined the team as a freshman in August 2010. While our blogs are still going strong, and more extensive than ever, the site has grown to encompass all the fabulous forms of social media that have developed over the past four years. It has been a really exciting time to be a part of Hopkins Interactive, and I’ve had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects. I’ve highlighted some of my favorites below!
The credit for our awesome Instagram account really goes to JHU_Kate, who was the one who got it up and running, and helped develop a following. This account, featuring pictures from Hopkins students who use the hashtag #instajhu, allows prospective students a closer look at the Homewood campus and what it means to be a JHU student. Since JHU_Kate graduated early (WAHHHH), I’ve taken over the account and I’ve had such a blast taking pictures of all my favorite Hopkins things.
The Hopkins Interactive Pinterest account is an amazing conglomeration of links to all the different resources we’ve put out there. Separated onto boards with hilarious category names (ok I think they’re hilarious because I helped make them), every aspect of life at Hopkins is covered. A recent idea I had was to create this board called “Happenings on Homewood” which features event flyers from on-campus events. I think it’s a great way to give prospective students even
Being editor-in-chief of The Insider’s Guide for the past three years has been perhaps my most rewarding Hopkins Interactive experience. It’s an annual 32-page publication that is handed out to all admitted students at their SOHOP visitation in the spring. It aims to these potential blue jays a realistic idea of what life on Homewood is really like. Because it is produced by current students for perspective students, I think The Insider’s Guide is an unparalled resource for accepted students like no other. It is extensive, candid and practical. It was actually one of the reasons I chose JHU in the first place. As a prospective student, being handed The Insider’s Guide had a profound impact on me. It made me realize just how much Hopkins students love the school and love what they do here. I knew then that Homewood was an environment I wanted to be apart of, a
community I wanted to join. Coming full-circle and becoming editor of the publication that made me come to Hopkins has really been an incredible experience. This year’s Guide is hands down the best yet, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. Check out the link to last year’s.
Hopkins Interactive Redesign
Over the past two semesters, one of my main Hopkins Interactive projects was working on a new redesign for the site with JHU_Nick. I can’t even begin to explain how much effort goes into creating a brand new site from square one, and so JHU_Nick (who does the tech side of everything) deserves a gold medal for this herculean effort. My role in this process has been a lot of the visual side, so basically it consists of me designing a mock-up of a webpage on Adobe InDesign, sending it to Nick, and then harassing him until he can make my design a technical reality. It’s a long slow process, but the redesign will be launched this spring and I can’t wait. It features all the amazing things Hopkins Interactive does in a much more accessible way, so I know prospective students are going to love it.