caleb_2Name: David O’Neill

Major: Public Health

Hometown: New City, NY

Year: Class of 2014

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Like a large portion of the Hopkins population, I want to be a doctor.  I always assert that I’ve known I wanted to be a doctor ever since I was little, but the process has had its ups and downs.  As the application process winds down and I hear back from the schools to which I applied, I’m glad that I’ve come this far and decided to pursue my goal of practicing medicine.

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

As an individual aspiring to become a doctor one of the most interesting classes I have taken at Hopkins is an anatomy class.  At only a slightly lower level than medical school level anatomy, this class has given me insights into the function of the human body and some anomalies that can occur.  However, this is not the only class that I have found to be very engaging.  Some of my other favorites are Introduction to fiction and Poetry (IFP) and a class called Baltimore and the Wire.  IFP is a small creative writing class in the professor creates a variety of prompts and we, as students, have to write pieces that satisfy those requirements.  This was a great class that challenges the creative potential of all students.  The class called “Baltimore and The Wire” analyzed the popular television expose series The Wire and related it to the real life problems in inner-city Baltimore.  As a Public Health major, this class was extremely interesting for me because it highlighted the major disparities and corruptions in the city.

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

When I came to Hopkins many of my classmates and I were worried about the stereotypical “Johns Hopkins Cut-Throat Culture.” However, some of the best advice I have ever received came from an upperclassman with whom I quickly became close.  He explained that one of the best ways to become comfortable in a new environment is to make friends, to get involved, and to engage.  Anyone considering Hopkins is a smart person. They will be able to succeed at this school if they put in the effort.  If they find their niche, their group of friends, the people with whom they love to interact, it will make life easier.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

My favorite aspect of Hopkins is the diversity of the community. When I came to this school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, if I wanted to join, or how many to join, what major to choose, and whether or not to go Greek.  In the end I could not be happier with the decisions I’ve made.  As a Varsity athlete for a short time, a member of a social Greek organization and an active member of the Hopkins community, I have greatly enjoyed my four years here.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

The major reason I came to Hopkins was for its Campus atmosphere inside a city environment.  In other words, I came to Hopkins because there is grass and people.  When I visited the weather was abominable.  The first day I saw the campus the wind was pushing us off of the walkways.  The second day it must have rained 3 inches in 2 hours.  I took this weather as a positive.  If I was visiting when the weather was the worst, it could only get better.  And that’s what it did.  Some of my favorite memories at this school were made relaxing on “The Beach” or playing football on the quads.  The red brick and marble construction doesn’t hurt in making the Hopkins quads some of the best looking year round.