phi is much greater than zero

pardon the physics pun

Well, it’s been an interesting three weeks.

I’d begun to look into potential internships for next summer, and started to notice something: every job I was super interested in—some even seemed like dream first jobs—required a lot of statistical background. One job in particular made me re-examine my studies here at Hopkins.

So, I’ve switched my primary major to Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

As of now, I still intend to major in mathematics and physics as well—with only 8 classes left in those two majors combined, it seems wrong not to—but I’m jumping head-first into the more applied side of mathematics.

In my current plan, I intend to take 9 or 10 AMS courses over the remaining five semesters, depending on how deep I truly want to go. Another, even more ambitious option is to pursue the dual Bachelor’s/Master’s AMS degree, which is indeed theoretically feasible to complete in 4 years—though, I think I might wait to actually take an AMS course before committing to that.

And I think that is a testament to the kind of school Hopkins is: if you’re willing to work like you’ve never worked before, it’s possible to complete a Master’s degree, 3 bachelor’s degrees, and a minor in 8 semesters, averaging only ~18 credits a semester. Obviously, this is a lot of work, but Hopkins gives you the opportunity. Not many schools can say that, based on my (admittedly cursory) look at other schools’ double-majoring limitations.

When I found myself so captivated by the notion of “no general education requirements” on my first campus visit two-and-a-half years ago—I cannot believe it was that long ago—I had no idea just how important that fact would end up being. At the time, I was just a physics major who didn’t want to spend much more time in English or social science courses than the bare necessity.

But now, that fact is allowing me to pursue multiple degrees, potentially even a Master’s.

If the past three years are any indication, I certainly cannot be very sure of where the future three will take me, but I can be absolutely certain of one thing: Hopkins was, is, and will be the school for me.