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When faced with the large tasks of filling out the Common App, writing essays, and making decisions about where to attend college, it can be tempting to procrastinate and spend hours watching Netflix instead (Yeah, I’ve been there). While the college admissions process is stressful, deciding where to spend the next few years of your life can be exciting.

I applied to over 20 colleges/universities (I know, I know, I went WAY overboard) and I know how different each one can be. Going to as many information sessions and campus tours as possible really helped me narrow down which schools I was interested in applying to.

My advice to you would be to start by looking at the factors that are most important to you. As a pre-med, academics played a role in my decisions, but I also considered what life would be like at each school.

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The academics at Hopkins sort of speak for themselves, but what surprised me about Hopkins was the energy around campus. The city of Baltimore is this perfect combination of innovation, character, and of course charm; and these elements are reflected here on campus.

There’s a stereotype that the academic culture at Hopkins is cutthroat and full of competition, but I haven’t experienced that at all. I’m surrounded by people who are not only working hard for their own success but pushing for the success of others.

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Long story short, the campus is gorgeous, Insomnia Cookies is across the street, and I have an awesome roommate (pictured above) who breaks into dance to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” on a regular basis. What more could I ask for?

In the end, just go with your gut. Choose the school that’s best for you. If that ends up being Hopkins, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.