14021449_10205473285030872_809886178867491842_nName: James Woodall

Year: 2017

Major: History of Art, History

Hometown: Cresson, PA

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I’m not really sure what I want to do when I grow up. I love art history and marketing, which I never would have discovered without the opportunities I found at Hopkins. I hope to combine these two fields in some way after graduating.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

Right now my biggest struggle is studying for Intermediate Italian. While its challenging, its also gratifying to realize that I can interact with professors and other students in another language.

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?

I was surprised by how rigorous my course schedule was at Hopkins. I thought I had worked hard in high school but I had no idea what hard work even was as a freshman. Its really gratifying, though, to get an A on a test or paper after working for weeks to prepare.

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?

The coolest place I have ever been is Italy. I studied abroad there with my best friend two summers ago. It was an incredible experience to take classes and live in an apartment in Florence.

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

As a senior, I would tell an incoming student to enjoy every second at Hopkins starting day one because four years is a shorter period of time than you can imagine.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

I love that Hopkins has such a strong community of people who care about doing well and being successful. It is inspiring to be surrounded by people who are doing such incredible things. Also I love being able to go to the library at any time of the day or night and having people to sit with.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I came to Hopkins because when I visited as a senior in high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I felt like Hopkins could give me opportunities to explore my interests and passions.