For the next couple days, each blogger of Hopkins Interactive will be sharing their thoughts on the Hopkins experience, following the significant milestone of the acceptances for the new Johns Hopkins University class of 2015. Hope you enjoy!
Get to Know JHU_Tess:
- Birthplace and current hometown: New York City, NY and Ridgewood, NJ.
- Major: History
- When I grow up I want to…: work in the publishing industry – either magazines or children’s books
- Favorite place to eat in Baltimore: is most definitely Tamber’s, which is a cross between a diner and Indian restaurant (check out the picture of my favorite meal there).
- Favorite spot on the Homewood Campus: is B-level of the library.
- Favorite TV show: 30 Rock – Liz Lemon is my idol.
- Favorite color: Green
- Favorite sports team: Yankees or Knicks.
My Hopkins Experience:
- When did you know Hopkins was right for you?
I fell in love with campus in late December of my senior year, and after working feverishly on it the second I got home; I sent my application in 24 hours later. When I was accepted and given the Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship, I was 99.9% sure that I wanted to go, but I wanted to visit Homewood one more time before I made the commitment. Being on campus for Accepted Students’ Day made me one hundred and fifty percent sure that this was the place for me and so I placed my deposit that very afternoon (and took a lengthy trip to our school bookstore).
- What is one thing that would surprise your friends/family about Hopkins?
I think my family/friends would be surprised that Hopkins is not just for pre-meds – actually the undergraduates are 1/3 social sciences/humanities, 1/3 engineering and 1/3 natural sciences. I think they would also be surprised about how safe campus is – Homewood was actually voted one of the safest campuses in the US!
- If you were the University President, what is the first thing you would do or change? If I were University President, I would probably install a Jamba Juice in one of our student unions. Jamba Juice could possibly be one of my favorite places in the world and I honestly believe it is a crime that Baltimore does not have a single one.
- If you could go back and choose your college again, would you pick Hopkins? Why? If I could go back again, I would not only pick Hopkins, but also apply Early Decision. There has been not one moment since arriving on campus that I have questioned or regretted my decision to come here. I love being in a city, but having the feel of a campus environment. I love my amazing friends and can’t even begin to imagine life without them. I love all of my professors and classes, even when the late nights they keep me busy in the library. I love all the opportunities and resources available on campus, and how easy it is to become involved.
- What was your perception about Hopkins before enrolling and how has it changed since then? One of my biggest concerns prior to coming to Hopkins was the workload. I was worried that I would be incredibly overwhelmed and would not be able to keep up with my homework. I have pleasantly found that is not the case at all. While I do have a lot of work, it is a completely manageable amount as long as you organize your time well. I love being involved on campus, and it is really easy to do so if you budget your time well.
- What is/was your favorite class?
My favorite class that I have taken so far was the class I took over Intersession, Perspectives on the History and Culture of Spain. The amazing thing about this class was that it was taught IN Madrid so I got to spend three weeks this January (for credit!) in Spain. What I really loved was the structure of the course – we had discussion/lecture in the mornings, then we would break for lunch, and then in the afternoons we would actually get to see what we had spent the morning learning about. In addition to this fabulous learning environment, I also met some amazing people on the trip – check out the picture of me, Annie, Joel and E.Diddy!
- Describe your funniest memory or experience at Hopkins.
I don’t think this really counts as a “ha ha” funny story, but it is one of my favorites since I have been at Hopkins. During Orientation, there is an event called “Play Fair” where all freshmen go to the Rec Center and do crazy icebreakers and get-to-know-you activities. When trying to persuade us to go, our RA’s said things like “I met some of my closest friends at Play Fair!” which of course I did not believe. However I went anyways, and low and behold, I met my best friend Steph. One of the activities was to try to find someone in the freshman class that has your same birthday, and as it turns out, Steph and I are both May 17th babies. It was such a random meeting, but something just clicked and we’ve been bffles ever since.
- How would your college experience be different if you hadn’t chosen Hopkins?
A part from not knowing all of the amazing people I have met since coming to Hopkins, if I had gone to another university, I don’t think I would be as involved on campus as I am at Hopkins. One of the things I love about Hopkins is how passionate the students are about their activities, so it is so easy to find things to do on campus. I have already studied abroad and received funding for research and I don’t think many other institutions offer such amazing opportunities to freshman.
- What has been your greatest contribution during your time at Hopkins, or what do you hope to accomplish before graduation? It is hard to say that I have had a greatest accomplishment so far, although I
was very proud of myself for pumping gas for the first time. However, I hope that I will study abroad for a semester, successfully complete my Wilson Fellowship, intern at a publishing house and learn how to cook something that didn’t come from a box.
- What advice would you give to a high school senior choosing their college? I would tell them that if possible, physically visit the schools that accepted you. My opinions of places were drastically different once I was actually on campus. Also, don’t believe the rumors you hear – visit campus so you can actually see for yourself. I just wrote a blog you check out here about all the myths about Hopkins!