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chirp_calebName: Hank Strmac

Major: Economics

Hometown: Roswell, Georgia

Year: Class of 2015

What’s a change you’ve made recently?

Recently, I have made a conscious effort to not stress about grades.  At Hopkins, it’s very easy to get worked up about grades, and during my first two years, this is exactly what I did.  As an upper classman, I have taken a step back, evaluated my goals and my preparation, and come to the conclusion that grades are nothing but letters on a page.  I am confident in my work ethic to perform well, and I don’t stress when my expectations are not met.  When I look back on my Hopkins experience, I won’t necessarily remember grade I got on my second Microeconomics midterm (sorry Bruce).  I will, however, remember the memories I have made and the bonds I have formed.

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

As I am sure most Hopkins students will tell you, get involved.  Getting involved allows you to meet people that you never thought you would meet.  Meeting these people helps you form bonds you never thought you would share.  In forming these bonds, you will push yourself to experience things you never thought you would experience.  Three years later, I have relationships with individuals I never thought I would.  I have learned and experienced more than I ever thought I would, all because I became involved with a particular organization.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I am a sucker for fine dining and local food.  I love going to elegant restaurants and local landmarks.  Food has always been important to my family and I, and this has carried into my time at Hopkins.  Some of my favorite Baltimore spots include Woodberry Kitchen and the Food Market in Hampden, The Brewers Art and Iggy’s in Mt. Vernon, and Ale Wife in the Inner Harbor.

What puts a smile on your face?

Tons of different things put a smile on my face (in fact, I have learned to become a more positive and optimistic person since coming to Hopkins) and because of this, I am going to paint a picture of one of my favorite things: sitting in the backyard of my house on a mild summer night after spending an entire day in the yard drinking a cold beer with my family, my girlfriend, and my dog.  BOOM.

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

Two of the most important informative classes I have taken at Hopkins have been Monetary Analysis and Financial Markets and Institutions.  In both of these classes, we learned both theoretical and practical information about our economy, our monetary system, and financial markets.  Some of this knowledge will be applicable to my future career. Some of it will be applicable to my personal life.