It’s no secret that I love this place. You can read here about how my friends make Hopkins a home, here about the amazing opportunities this school has presented to me, or even here about how I chose this school because of a waffle machine (sort of). But you are probably sick of reading about me gushing on and on, so I asked some of my closest friends to explain why they chose this school, and why they are still here!
“When I initially picked hopkins I thought the school was great because of all the opportunities it offered in terms of unique classes and accessibility to do research. While I have been able to take advantage of both of those here what’s really meant the most to me is the people. From my closest friends who I got randomly assigned to live with freshman year in the AMRs or to the sisters I chose by joining alpha phi, my hopkins experience would not be the same without them. They inspire me in so many ways to strive for my best and to pursue what I want and for that I am truly grateful to this school for bringing all of these wonderful people together!”
“The question “Why Hopkins” is difficult to answer because there is no real answer (forgive the ambiguity, too many of my friends are philosophy majors). It’s not a question that I could answer to many of my family members or friends from home while I was deciding between universities at the end of Senior Year. As many second semester seniors do, I of course had a go to response. Usually it was ‘The research opportunities!’ or ‘The connections after college will be unparalleled’ but if we are being completely candid here – that’s what a blog is for, right? – I wasn’t entirely confident in my decision to attend Hopkins until I stepped foot on campus. My answer then to the question ‘Why Hopkins’ is that I convinced myself it would give me the best opportunities for my vision of a successful future. My answer to the question ‘Why are you still at Hopkins’ is because I have never felt more comfortable in myself and my surroundings than when I am here. I’m surrounded by support from friends, who are now my family, faculty, and some of the brightest minds in the world. I am free to lay out on the beach with Hayles for entire Saturdays or stay in the Spring Fair office until the wee hours of the morning mapping out this year’s Food Quad. I can cook, roam the Farmer’s Market, and eat Carma’s at my own free will and choose classes based on a life path that I envision for myself. Hopkins is what I make of it – a home. ”
“I actually stumbled upon Hopkins the August before my senior year of high school. I had heard of it before of course, but I hadn’t thought to apply until my brother mentioned it to me. His best friend from high school had come to Hopkins to pursue the same major as interested me, History of Art, and loved it. When I looked into the school, it surprised me by being exactly what I had been looking for all wrapped up into one. In a city, but still with the feel of a college campus; fairly loose distribution requirements to encourage academic freedom and exploration; a fantastic art history department; a club volleyball team to try out for; a variety of study abroad options; and the balance between far enough from and close enough to home. I visited Hopkins once before applying Early Decision and immediately thought it was a place I could call home for four years. As a student, Hopkins has met expectations in some ways and surprised me in others, which is kind of perfect. My experience has been shaped most by my teachers and fellow students with diverse interests, talents, and backgrounds. Though no person or place is perfect, I think that Hopkins is to thank for bringing together this group of people, and I am happy to be a part of it.”
“I really enjoy being at Hopkins because of the people that you can meet here. They are amazing and brilliant individuals, who do amazing and brilliant things, I feel very lucky to be apart of that in any way. I also really enjoy going to Hopkins because it is challenging, I know that I am getting the most out of my education. Finally, I like being in Baltimore. Being from the suburbs of the west coast, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy living in a big city on the east coast, but Baltimore has grown on me, there is always something to do if you are ever bored, and I really love that about Baltimore.”