Name: Constanza Mayz
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Cooper City, Florida
What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?
Back home, everyone likes to brag about their accomplishments and given the school’s reputation, I expected Hopkins to mimic a similar environment. However I was pleasantly surprised to find how low-key and humble people are here. I mean some of my friends are published authors, national team athletes, extraordinary musicians, and biophysicists whose research I wouldn’t even know how to explain to someone else. Yet when we all meet up for lunch, you wouldn’t really pick up on how incredible these people are until their subject gets brought up and you see how passionate they are about what they do — I love it.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
In all honesty, I would love to be an environmental lawyer and after a couple of years move somewhere tropical and open up a vegan cafe and a yoga studio to manage on the side.
What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
Don’t stick to a major just because you think it sounds intelligent or looks good when you apply to jobs; study something you really truly enjoy. If you come in as humanities and want to try an engineering class or vise-versa, don’t hesitate to take the opportunity to do so! In fact, Hopkins is one of a handful of schools that doesn’t have strict requirements when it comes to picking your classes.
What’s your biggest struggle right now?
Finding and applying for paid internships while trying to manage all my course load.
Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?
As much as I love the ocean, there is something incredible about the Swiss Alps. Hiking up the mountains and encountering beautiful villages along your route; everything is so idyllic. It’s such a grounding place in the sense that not only does it reminds you of the speck that you are on earth, but also the power that one little speck has to make a difference.
What’s something interesting you learned in class?
It’s not a specific thing, but I love hearing one of my Climate Change Science and Policy professors, Ben Zaitchik, talk about his time working on international climate negotiations. There are so many subtleties to pick up on regarding the interests and attitudes of various countries that one can’t really learn from reading a textbook.
What’s your favorite thing about this school?
How compact it is compared to other schools. In some universities, you have to take shuttles to get from one side of campus to another and walk at least a mile to get to class from your dorm. Being able to walk the campus from end to end in less than 20 minutes is a privilege so few of us realize.
What puts a smile on your face?
When the workers at Alkimia call me over to try out their new creations.
Note: Alkimia is a popular coffee shop located in Gilman Hall.
What do you do when you’re not studying?
The 3rd floor of the recreation center is probably my third home at Hopkins (after Commons and the library). I love participating in the group classes; it’s such a great way to destress and chat with friends you don’t get to see on a regular basis.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Veggie burgers from Brody cafe – I love them but I have so many dining dollars left it’s hard to justify buying them.