Name: Eric Guo
Major: International Studies, Political Science
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a lawyer when I graduate from Hopkins, so that means a couple more years of school upon graduation.
What’s your biggest struggle right now?
My biggest struggle right now is getting a Canadian Student Association set up at school. Canadians constitute one of the largest international student demographics on campus, yet we receive no representation through a student group! There are tons of other student associations on campus, so it would be really nice for Canadian students to have a platform through which they can meet fellow Canadians.
What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?
After my freshman year, I went to Japan for 10 days, and it was an eye-opening experience. Japanese culture is unique in its own wondrous way, and for me to see centuries of rich Japanese history intermixed with its special blend of modern pop culture was a huge boon! Plus I think few cuisines rivals that of Japan’s. I’ll definitely be going back soon!
What’s something interesting you learned in class?
As an IS major, I learn plenty of interesting things in all of my classes. For example in International Trade, I’m currently reading different perspectives on why the Western world has seen much greater prosperity than the rest of the world. Some claim differences in institution are the root causes, while others claim differences in geography. To me, these are all really cool things to learn about.
What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
Study smart, not study hard! Know when you are at your most efficient, so that you get the most out of your studies.
What’s your favorite thing about this school?
My favorite thing about Hopkins is the beauty of the campus. When autumn comes and the leaves turn red and fall to the ground, it almost seems magical. It’s also a different kind of beauty when the quad in front of Gilman Hall is covered in snow, and you trek through it to go to class.
What do you do when you’re not studying?
When I’m not studying I’m either watching new TV shows on Netflix or playing whatever it is I’m engrossed in on my Xbox. Simple guilty pleasures really. I also enjoy cooking my own meals when I have time, because homemade food will always taste better than food from outside.
What’s a change you’ve made recently?
This semester I have begun to study at the Hutzler Reading Room in Gilman Hall. It has a high ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows, plus it’s much quieter than the library and more ambient.
Why did you come to Hopkins?
I came to Hopkins because the IS program here is great, and the faculty even more so. The professors are very knowledgable, and some are significantly published in their fields. Also geographically, Hopkins is situated close to many large urban centers on the East Coast, so breaks are never boring because a quick getaway is so simple.