Even though I’m majoring in the sciences at Hopkins, I do consider myself a master of words. After countless hours of thought, I have formulated an acronym that I believe defines Hopkins.

H. O. P. K. I. N. S.


(adj.) an event that is particularly interesting, entertaining, or important

It seems to me that at Hopkins there is always something happening on or around campus. Walking through the Breezeway or by the Beach on a regular day of classes, I am frequently greeted by student groups advertising their club and giving out free food and apparel. What’s better than free stuff? Nothing. Student organizations like The HOP (Hopkins Organization for Programming) and SGA (Student Government Association) host events for the student body to attend year round. In October, we had “Hoptoberfest” which was a week of fall-themed events that culminated with a spectacular fireworks show!


(adj.) widely or constantly encountered; common or widespread

Hopkins is renowned around the world as one of the finest educational institutions. As the first research university, Hopkins has spearheaded a variety of research projects and initiatives. Most recently, our Applied Physics lab witnessed their 10-year project come to fruition as the New Horizons spacecraft completed its historic 3-billion-mile journey to Pluto. Our list of notable alumni mikeincludes former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, former CEO of IBM Sam Palmisano, journalist and television news anchor Wolf Blitzer, and even U.S president Woodrow Wilson. To think that I may be sitting in class with future business professionals, scientists, and leaders inspires me to work hard every day.


(adj.) of great value

Even though I am just a freshman, I know that after I graduate, I will look back on my time at Hopkins and remember the great people I met and the fond memories I made. And even though I know that college will take me and my classmates our separate ways, I am certain that we will all share the same fond feelings towards our time at Hopkins. For college students around the world, these four years are precious, and it would be a disservice to not make the most of them.



(adj.) having or showing eagerness or enthusiasm

Never have I ever met a group of students more interested in and enthusiastic about the work that they do. At Hopkins, I have had the pleasure of meeting seniors who are developing their own startup companies, juniors who are accepting job offers at Fortune 500 companies, sophomores who are already presidents of clubs, and freshmen who are already involved in research with their professors. Surrounded by a student body like this, I am confident both in our futures and in the future of Hopkins.



(adj.) introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking

The word innovative is applicable to Hopkins in two ways. The first refers to the innovations on campus, and the second refers to the innovations that are produced by the students and faculty. On campus, students have access to high end resources and brand new facilities. Both the Brody Learning Commons (Brody) and the Undergraduate Teaching Labs (UTL) were built within the last five years with state of the art technology. Brody features study pods overlooking an atrium with glass windows,c7fb504bf432185d89b82cb51b7cf9a1 walls, and tables that can be written on. The UTL is a curved glass building featuring more than 20 state of the art labs. The second way that “innovative” can be used at Hopkins is to describe the work produced by students and staff. Both are involved in cutting edge research ranging from the development of low-cost, brain damage prevention devices to the development of micro robots via the analysis of crickets’ aerial acrobatics.


(adj.) able to be counted

While at Hopkins we believe that a number is definitely not the only thing that defines a university, we are proud of and do embrace our recent top 10 ranking (U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges). Our other most notable rankings include

– #1 Biomedical/Bio Engineering Program (US News)

– #3 Neuroscience Program (US News)

– #9 Best College Dining Halls (USA Today)

– #12 Global University (US News)

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(adj.) free from pretense or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings 

I must say, when I first came to Hopkins, I was genuinely surprised by the sincerity of the student body and the overall collaborative atmosphere around campus. In high school, my teachers made it sound like college would be a whole new ball game with unhelpful professors and competitive classmates. I quickly found out that this was far from true. Anytime I need help, whether I’m struggling on a problem set or need an idea for a blog, I can always count on a friend being there to help me out.


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