Why Hopkins (My answer then and now)


I came to Johns Hopkins because the idea of studying here terrified me. Now, stay with me. I came from a relatively small high school in Puerto Rico and the thought of being a student at one of the best universities in the United States was mind-blowing. I couldn’t even wrap my head around the idea of how much coming to Hopkins would change my life.



Yet I knew this is what made it the best option for me, because it would push me to a level much higher than I was. It made me organize myself and look at my future, what I want and how I can accomplish it. It made me take courses seriously, and not just study for them, but truly learn about a fascinating field which I can’t wait to join. So yes, I was really scared but it was for the best of reasons.

However, the reasons why I stayed at Hopkins are drastically different then the ones why I came. Johns Hopkins is my home. To me, that’s defined by the place where:

1. My family lives. Yes, my biological family lives in Puerto Rico but the friends that I have made here are ones that will be with me for the rest of my life. They’re more than just friends, they’re smiles when you need them the most, they’re a shoulder to cry on when it gets tough, they’re partners when you want to go in a Baltimore adventure, they’re a support system that can’t be replaced.

2. I feel the most comfortable. Hopkins has pushed me outside my boundaries, but it’s managed to do that by accepting me for who I am and then telling me what I could be. There is a world of possibilities here for every type of student, and I’ve never had a door close to me without opening a hundred more.

So this is my home. I’m thankful for the reasons that brought me here and shocked at the many I’ve found to stay.


One thought on “Why Hopkins (My answer then and now)

  1. Hello! I’m a junior from Puerto Rico and I am interested in studying at Johns Hopkins University. I would like to contact you, if it is possible, to be able to discuss with you some questions and doubts I have, which I believe you could more adequately answer since you also studied in Puerto Rico. Apreciaría mucho su ayuda!
    – Carlos Martinez

    Email: carlosmar_13@yahoo.com

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