Victoria Dawe ’15
Class Year 2015
Major B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management
Hometown Bangkok, Thailand
Current Industry Higher Ed / Marketing and Events
Current Occupation Special Events Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University
Current Location Baltimore, MD
Internships & Pre-Professional Experience at JHU Marketing intern and assistant teacher at the Washington Ballet; Event production intern at Feats Inc
Campus Involvement Classical Ballet Company, Cheerleading team, Filipino Students Association, Hopkins Hosting Society, Blue Key tour guide, Admissions Representative, and Engineering Ambassador
Favorite Hopkins Memory One of my favorite Hopkins memories was performing in the Nutcracker my senior year. I was very involved in the Ballet Company, and this was my last big show as production manager. It meant so much to me to see the company grow over my four years up to the point of being able to put on a full length ballet on our own and it was so special to see all of our hard work pay off with a great show.
What do you miss most about being a Hopkins student? The thing I miss the most about being a student is having all your friends right there all the time. A lot of my friends lived in the same building as me, and most lived within a block or two, which made it super easy to hang out and see each other all the time. From getting ready for formals to cooking dinner to binge watching TV shows, all your best friends are right there. A lot of my friends still live in Baltimore now, but we’re spread out throughout the city and it takes more time and effort to spend time with each other.
Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Don’t worry. Don’t worry about if you’re in the “right” major – your major only defines you if you let it. Don’t worry about not being friends with everyone you met during freshmen orientation – it happens and you’ll meet better ones. Don’t worry about not having plans every Friday or Saturday night – sometimes a weekend in to watch TV and catch up on sleep is all you need. Don’t worry about skipping class or wearing sweatpants all day every once in a while – the real world unfortunately frowns on that. Don’t worry about asking for help if you need it – whether that’s from a professor, from your RA, from the counseling center, or from your mom. Just enjoy your time because it goes by a lot faster than you think it will.
How do you feel Hopkins prepared you for where you are now? I didn’t take the most traditional of paths as an engineer that ended up as an event planner, but I honestly felt like Hopkins prepared me so well for my current job. My classes and my major taught me to problem solve, time manage, and work in groups – all skills I use every single day.
How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience? When I was in high school, I didn’t think twice about the city I was going to because I just assumed my life wouldn’t extend past what happened on my college campus. But I couldn’t have been more wrong! Baltimore is as much your home as Hopkins is. Ultimately, I fell in love with this city while I was at Hopkins and chose to stay here after graduating! It’s so easy to get around the city (usually for free) and there are always tons of events taking place. Plus the restaurant scene is amazing and what’s not to love about food?!
Who was your favorite professor/what was your favorite class and why? Too many to pick!! I loved all of the classes I took for my minor through the Center for Leadership Education. They were all small sized classes with really engaging professors with real experience in their industry. But I’ve also taken a ton of really fun random classes that I loved – such as a seminar comparing Alice in Wonderland to the Wizard of Oz (yes, that’s an entire class) or a class on the social effect of engineering in the developing world.