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Joya Griffin '02

Name: Joya Griffin

Class Year: 2002

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major(s): Biology

Minor(s): Writing Seminars

Industry: Veterinarian

Current Job: Veterinary Dermatologist at Animal Dermatology Clinic

Current Location: Louisville, KY

Internships/Pre-Professional Experiences at JHU: Worked in research lab at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with Dr. Brad May and assisted surgery with lab animal veterinarian at the hospital.

Clubs/Sports/Groups at JHU: Black Student Union, Resident Advisor, and Gospel Choir

Favorite JHU Memory: Loved Spring Fair, Homecoming and all of the parties in Level E

What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? 

Living in close proximity to so many amazingly talented people and being close to my friends

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self?

I would take more advantage exploring the city and maybe doing activities outside of my major. Would have probably been an English major because that’s what I enjoyed more.

How do you feel Hopkins prepared you for where you are now?

The academic rigor and background prepared me for entrance into veterinary school. I felt my undergraduate background is what allowed me to get into Cornell for vet school.

How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience?

Baltimore was a cool city but the economic disparity there was striking.

Who was your favorite professor/what was your favorite class and why?

I loved my writing seminars classes, especially my short story classes and I enjoyed bioethics and a class I took on Ralph Ellison with Dr. Chandlier. He was amazing.  I also enjoyed my history of television course.