Hopkins is an amazing place to learn more about yourself, your interests, and figure out a future while you’re here.
We boast an open core curriculum that gives you so much freedom and choice to choose classes and discover new disciplines.
We are also America’s first research university and that is an integral part of a Hopkins undergraduate’s education. There are so many research labs that are willing to mentor passionate undergraduates (even freshmen!) and help them discover their true interests.
We also have an amazing faculty and challenging (but engaging) classes that make the experience worthwhile.
Apart from this starter pack of awesomeness, students at Hopkins involve themselves in all sorts of activities that make them unique. Here, they can explore hobbies and interests, fitness goals, or even develop leadership experience! An amazing place to start is the Student Involvement Fair held in the first few weeks of every semester. It can give you an insight into the different clubs, and/or organizations present on campus and make the process of finding the right fit much less intimidating.
I agree that going up to a table and asking for information can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Everyone at the Student Involvement Fair is there reaching out because they’d love to have new passionate members who have common interests.
My first student involvement fair last semester was so excited that I ended up taking flyers from almost every group that was there in the gym. Its very hard to carry so much paper when you dont have a backpack and its windy but it turned out to be an amazing resource for me! When I got back to my dorm, I looked at the flyers, sorted them through, and applied to organizations that I was genuinely interested in.
Apart from working at the Integrated Imaging Centre as a Microscopy Assistant, and conducting research in Dr. Battle’s computational genomics lab, I found my people in the organizations that I love to be a part of so much – Residential Advisory Board (RAB), Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU), and Hopkins Insider 🙂