chirpName: Celine Arpornsuksant

Year: Freshman

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Marietta, GA

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m not sure yet. Sometimes I think I’m pre-med, and other times I want to work in the industry after I graduate. It’s only freshman year, so I have time to think about it.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

Adjusting to college life. It’s a huge change from high school! I’ve only been here for about a month now, and I’m still trying to create a fixed schedule. My time after classes has been filled with club meetings, and I’ve been going to so many to see what I would like to do. Once I finalize which clubs I want to be in, I can finally get a schedule pattern going.

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?

I’m surprised at how friendly everyone is here! On the first day of classes, I couldn’t find Bloomberg (where my differential equations lecture is located), so I asked a passing upperclassman and he walked me all the way to Bloomberg! I wasn’t expecting him to walk with me all the way there (Bloomberg is on the other side of campus from Shaffer Hall, where I started). He was very nice about it and asked if I needed help getting anywhere else.

What’s the coolest place you’ve visited?

Switzerland! I visited Switzerland a few years ago when my dad took him with me on a business trip. While he was in meetings all day, I hopped on trains and traveled to cities all over the small country! It was a a really amazing experience traveling on my own, and I would like to go back again.

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?

Don’t be afraid to try new things! College is all about exploration, and incoming freshmen should try anything that interests them. I never danced at all in high school, but when I got here I joined a dance group. It’s been one of my best decisions so far since I came here! Everyone in the Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe is so funny and they welcomed me and made me feel at home with them.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

There’s ALWAYS something to do on or around campus! Every weeknight there’s tons of club meetings going on, and you can go to those even if you’re not officially a member of the club. I recommend going to the different culture club meetings (like Chinese Student Association or South Asian Students at Hopkins), because they usually have food there and who doesn’t love free food?! In addition to club meetings, there’s usually speakers on campus. For example, the MSE Symposium is bringing Lauren Bush Lauren to campus this year to speak to us!

On the weekends, there’s a movie every Friday in Gilman Hall and every Saturday in Wolman Hall. The Waverly Farmer’s Market is within walking distance and it’s open every Saturday morning year round. Baltimore is a fun city that always has something going on. The Baltimore Book Festival and the Baltimore Comic-Con are coming up, and I’m super pumped for those!

What do you do when you’re not studying?

During the school week, I’m hanging out with my dorm mates (YEAH AMR I WOOD!) and probably eating way too many Halloween Oreos! But on the weekends, I like to go out an explore Baltimore. Growing up, I had the chance to try so many restaurants around the Atlanta area. I’ve head that Baltimore has a lot of great restaurants to offer, so I’m trying as many as I can before I graduate!

What’s something you wish you got involved with?

I wish I did Pre-O. Pre-O is when incoming freshmen go on an outdoors trip (like hiking, kayaking, etc) a week before orientation starts. Everyone who went on Pre-O is now super tight with each other, since they bonded through the outdoors. The people I’ve met here who went on Pre-O says they got close because they all slept together outside and didn’t get to shower for a week!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

The Chex bars from the FFC! They’re made like Rice Krispy Treats, but with Chex cereal instead of Rice Krispies. The Chex bars are so good and every time I see them, I like to get one! But I know they’re not good for me…gotta watch out for the Freshman 15!

What’s a change you’ve recently made?

I’ve started going to the Rec Center! As Hopkins students, access to the Rec Center is included with tuition, so I’m trying to utilize it the most I can. There’s a really cool rock climbing wall there as well as the usual swimming pools, track, cardio machines, and basketball court. There’s a smoothie station too! I haven’t tried anything from it yet, but some of my friends rave about the delicious smoothies.

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

Trying new restaurants with new friends I’ve made! I love exploring, and what better way to explore a city than to visit its local restaurants? By going off campus and visiting the many neighborhoods that Baltimore has to offer, I’ve found so many great places to eat as well and I’ve become closer to the new people I’ve met here. So far, my favorite places are Vaccaro’s (Italian pastry shop in Little Italy) and Ten Ten Ramen (amazing Japanese place in Mt. Vernon).