Name: Julia Slisz
Major: Cognitive Science and Political Science
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I‘m not entirely sure, mostly because I want to be a lot of things. I want to get into cognitive neuropsychological research, but I’m also really interested in politics and law. I plan on figuring it out as I go.
What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?
The variety and quantity of clubs, organizations and other interest groups to get involved in. Whether you came into Hopkins with a certain hobby or want to try something new, there’s definitely multiple groups you’d be a perfect fit for.
What’s your biggest struggle right now?
Deciding what to do over the Summer! Since I’m not exactly sure where I’ll end up post-graduation, it’s hard to decide what to apply to and where to get experience.
What’s something you discovered lately?
Barcocina – my new favorite brunch spot in Baltimore
What’s something interesting you learned in class?
Just a few days ago in Global Security Politics we assessed the threat of asteroid impacts on earth and what national and international organizations are doing about it. Also, we have been discussing “blind sight” in a lot of my cognitive science classes. It’s a phenomenon in blind people that perform well above chance when asked what and where things are in their visual field — amazing!
What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
Make friends with everyone and get involved in anything remotely interesting to you. There are so many great people and opportunities here, don’t be afraid to explore!
What’s your favorite thing about this school?
I love how dedicated everyone is to not only their studied but also the non-academic things they’re involved with on campus. There’s so much diversity and there’s always something to learn from people here who have such unique experiences.
What puts a smile on your face?
My wonderful RA, Tommy Koh and all of his fresh delicious baked goods.
What do you do when you’re not studying?
Two main things I do are play soccer and write for Spoon University. I’m a member of the Women’s club team here, which is a lot of fun. It’s competitive but not a huge commitment. I’m also a contributor to our local chapter of SpoonU, an international online platform for students who write articles about…food!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Going to bed at 10 PM. Literally.
What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?
Late night freshman year when a friend challenged me to eat as many waffles as possible. It turned into corndogs too. Did I I regret it? No. Should I have? Probably. Will I go to late night tonight? Tempted.