Whenever I first applied to Hopkins, I read every brochure, searched every website, and of course, read every Hopkins Interactive Blog to ensure that I knew what exactly I was getting myself into. Little did I know, Hopkins would offer more than I expected, and as I wrote in my application essay, “I am searching for a school that will exceed my expectations, just as I hope to exceed the their’s.” Once arriving at Hopkins, making it through my first semester, and surviving my first break back home, I have realized all of the opportunities that have been available to me thanks to Hopkins.

Meeting Martin O’Malley

My Lectures on Public Health and Wellbeing in Baltimore class has been my favorite class of this semester. It is a 1-credit class that meets once a week, and focuses on the things that we, as Hopkins students, and temporary members of the Baltimore community, can help to affect change. For one of our classes, we had an amazing panel who spoke on the topic of “Feeding the 21st Century.” Former Governor Martin O’Malley, Former CEO of Kroger; Robert Lawrence, and two of my professors from last semester, Adam Sheingate and Kathryn Edin, all spoke very eloquently on this subject. The talk was extremely interesting and truly an important topic in Public Health.


Raising Money FOR THE KIDS!!!

I had the great honor of serving on the Johns Hopkins Dance Marathon Executive Board as Social Media Director, and in this capacity, I was able to help raise $45,000 for the kids at the Johns Hopkins ChIldren’s Center, but mostly, I was able to have so much fun while doing it! I met more Hopkins students that I had never met before, I heard amazing stories of people who we were able to help, and I had the chance to make a difference.


Listening to Gloria Steinem Speak

Thanks to the Foreign Affairs Symposium, I had the amazing chance to hear Gloria Steinem, the feminist icons, speak about her experience in the feminist movement. She spoke of how she believes that the feminist movement has had great victories but is not yet complete. It was amazing to see the power in her voice, and mostly, the influence she had on the audience, and the world.


I have learned that Hopkins offers so many amazing opportunities that are so readily available to the Hopkins community. I am so thankful for the chances that I have to become a better person, and I owe that to the Hopkins community. I plan on making the most of all of the HOPPORTUNITIES to come in the future.