Name: Alexander Taylor
Graduation Year: 2018
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Chemistry and Archaeology double major
Current Job: Law School Student at Emory School of Law
Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? I was involved in the Pre-Law program at JHU. I decided fairly late to go to law school – Fall of my senior year – so I had to jump into the Pre-Law program quickly! They were incredibly helpful at guiding me through a complicated admissions process that I had not really experienced before and encouraged me at each step.
What extracurriculars were you involved in at JHU? At Hopkins, I was involved in a bunch of things! I worked in the Tovar Labs for 3 years doing organic synthesis, eventually leadingmy own project. I also played club water polo for two years. I staffed Hoptoberfest, a student-run Fall festival, and eventually became part of the Executive Council as the head of the Recruitment and Retention Committee. My favorite activity I was involved in, however, was a 2-year collaborative project in the Archaeological Museum working to digitally reconstruct the the faces of the two Egyptian mummies we steward there. It was an incredible opportunity to apply both of my majors at once while working with other passionate professionals and peers.
In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? My Hopkins education was instrumental in broadening my horizons. I had no idea that I was passionate about archaeology until my experiences in the museum, but I am so thankful I am; it has changed how I view life. Hopkins taught me how to take an active role in my education. Being engaged in my classes showed me how I can synthesize my experiences both inside and outside of the classroom to contribute to mycommunity.
Favorite Hopkins memory: My favorite Hopkins memory came early on in my career. In my freshman seminar class “Archaeology at a Crossroads: Bronze Age Cyprus” with Dr. Anderson, I was able to get hands-on experience with real artifacts. I remember very vividly one day turning over a pottery sherd and placing my thumb over the thumbprint left by the maker thousands of years ago. The tangibility of the material resonated with me, and I added Archaeology as a major as soon as I could!
What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? What I miss most about being a Hopkins student is the community. I really loved how passionate people were. Everyone around me had so many things to say about what they cared about, and it was so interesting to learn about what other people liked and cared about.
How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience and opportunities for pre-professional experiences? Baltimore was a great place to go to school. The location was one of the key things for me, as I grew up in Atlanta. Being able to get to D.C. or NYC and back in a day was an eye-opening experience. Baltimore also provided me the opportunities to apply my newly-found interests with the Walters Art Museum and the SciArt program at UMBC. These experiences gave me knowledge about what my potential future can hold.
Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? I would tell myself to relax! I think I’d benefit from knowing that JHU was the place for me and that I shouldn’t benervous about being active in the community (something I would recognize later).