Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 5.43.27 PMName: Connor Welsh

Major: Neuroscience & Spanish

Hometown: Milford, Michigan

Year: Sophomore Class of 2017

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?  My organic chemistry professor knew my name after the first day of class and even though I took his course a year ago will still yell my name across campus if he sees me. Dr. Falzone is the man.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I’m currently a pre-med focusing on Neuroscience, so my main goal is to matriculate to Medical School after Hopkins. I’m looking into potential gap-year opportunities though and would love to do something in the field of Infectious Disease, potentially working for the CDC or another similar organization.

What do you do when you’re not studying?  When I don’t have academic obligations you usually won’t find me on campus. One of my favorite things to brag about when talking about this school is the ease of going down to the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon, Hampden, or Fells, and that’s just the beginning of the list. There are so many amazing places to get away that you’re really doing yourself a disservice if you don’t try and explore Baltimore.

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?  Get involved with as many things that interest you as you can your first semester. That’s the point of covered grades. I came in with the mentality that I would just put my absolute all into my schoolwork, which is an admirable trait to be sure, but you should really incorporate yourself into as many organizations as you can. That way, come second semester, you know what interests you and you can focus your time and hone into the clubs/programs/organizations that you will want to be a valuable part of for the next four years.

What’s a change you’ve made recently?  At least one day a week I spend some extra time to get my work done for the next day as well. That way I have a full day after classes each week to hangout with friends and decompress without worrying about schoolwork. It’s an amazing feeling.

What’s your guilty pleasure?  I caught myself listening to “Yeah!” by Usher on repeat the other day. I’m not mad about it.