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JHU Chirps photoName: Laura Chen

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Health Studies

Hometown: Clarksville, MD

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I have no idea! Prior to this year, I had wanted to become a dermatologist, but I’ve recently been exposed to so many new things that my career goals are in the midst of changing. There’s so much that I find fascinating and it’ll be really hard figuring out how I can combine it all into one dream job.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

So continuing my previous answer, I always felt like I knew what I wanted to do with my future, but I don’t know anymore. It seems as though I need to decide right now so I can start going down that path immediately, yet when there are so many options out there, it’s hard to choose just one track.

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?

I was definitely surprised by all of the opportunities on campus. The SAC Fair and Job Fair in my freshman year blasted me with a huge variety of extracurriculars I could participate in, and that’s only the opportunities on campus. There are a ton of organizations across Baltimore that help you get involved with the community outside of the Hopkins bubble.

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

I recently visited London and I completely fell in love. I mostly spent my time sightseeing around the city, which was incredible, but just walking around on the streets was a lot of fun. The experiencing general atmosphere of the city was fantastic. Although I only had a limited amount of time there, I definitely plan on going back at some point!

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

Don’t be afraid to try new things! College is all about exploration and Hopkins has a huge variety of clubs and organizations. It’s also a great way to branch out and make friends, and to take a break from studying in the library all day.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I’m not studying, I love curling up with a good book and reading for a while. It’s even better in the winter when I have a cozy blanket and hot drink to accompany the book! I also enjoy jumping in a pool and swimming laps to break out of my reading period schedule.

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

In the winter of my freshman year, a group of friends and I decided we wanted to grab dinner together so we all walked from Wolman over to the FFC. We probably spent a few hours just sitting and talking. After we finally decided to leave, someone picked up a handful of snow and started an impromptu snowball fight on the quad. All of our clothes were soaking wet when we got back to our dorm, and we definitely weren’t about to fall into a food coma anymore!