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Name: Corine P.

Hometown: Scranton, PA

Major(s): Public Health Studies

Minor(s): Entrepreneurship & Management and Social Policy

Current job: Sr. Specialist, Enterprise Customer Master Data Governance (Cardinal Health)

Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Government Affairs (summer 2016), Evergreen Healthcare (spring 2017), CIIP (Community Impact Internship Program): LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton (summer 2017), UAID (United Against Inequities in Disease) National Board Intern (fall 2017-spring 2018), CAHMI (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative) at Bloomberg School of Public Health (spring 2018), and Cardinal Health Customer Support Services Intern (summer 2018).

What extracurriculars were you involved with at JHU? Hoptoberfest member, Secretary, Director of Co-Sponsorships, and Co-Chair; The HOP (Hopkins Student Organization for Programming) member and Treasurer; Pi Beta Phi Fraternity member; PAJH (Panhellenic Association at Johns Hopkins) Assistant VP of Recruitment and VP of Recruitment; and Alumni Student Ambassadors member.

In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? Hopkins teaches you how to think. Many of the assignments and work are on topics that you may never use in your career, yet they develop your professional capabilities by thinking outside the box, problem solving, and connecting the dots. You also learn a strong work ethic that is important in any field you go into.

Favorite Hopkins memory: My senior year, I was one of the Co-Chairs for Hoptoberfest. Hoptoberfest is a student planning board that plans a week’s worth of fun events in October. The last day, we brought the Plain White T’s to campus and had an evening concert on the Beach. It was the beginning of Parents Weekend as well, resulting in the Beach being filled with people and community members of all ages. When the song “1, 2, 3, 4” came on, everyone was singing along and enjoying themselves. It is my favorite Hopkins memory because it gave me a true sense of school spirit and community. The Hoptoberfest board worked really hard to make the week happen so I was proud of everyone coming together and accomplishing our goal of improving the Hopkins experience and community.

How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience and opportunities for pre-professional development? Growing up in a rural area, I had an adjustment period moving to a city. However, I came to love the city and the people who also call it “home.” Baltimore lives up to its nickname, “Charm City,” with great food, fun festivals, and a sense of community spirit. There is always something fun to do and explore, whether you are into sports, arts and entertainment, nature, shopping, or food. The city also allowed me to see and practice the public health and social policy topics that I learned in class in real life settings through assorted internships. These experiences made the statistics and numbers more personal by meeting people and hearing their stories. They inspired me to continue with my career path of public health and improving the healthcare system.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Hopkins is filled with students who are driven and motivated to be the best they can be. Everyone is passionate about what they do, whether that is research, athletics, extracurriculars, or any other activity. This community drive inspires and challenges you to be the best you can be. There are people from all different backgrounds and countries, and you will learn so much by having honest conversations and working together. Throughout your four years, Hopkins will push you to become the best academic and person you know. Along the way, you will meet forever friends who support and care for you, creating memories across campus and the city at different speakers, social events, and late-night study sessions. Also, Baltimore will become your home and it truly has its charms with delicious food, fun festivals, and good community spirit. Embrace your sense of adventure and explore everything it has to offer.