JHU Chirps Lauren Francati photo 1Name: Lauren Francati

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Year: Class of 2017

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?

One of the biggest surprises was how much time management is essential. You come in knowing you’re going to need to put in the work outside of class, but now I know that how well I do in class really does fall on my level of preparation.

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

Don’t let your whole freshman year be dictated by academics alone. Get yourself out there and get involved with something you’re passionate about. That’s the best way to be happy.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

It sounds cliché, but the diversity of students. There are so many people from so many different places, and I’m in awe of everyone’s individual life experiences.

What puts a smile on your face?

My housemates (Clark Crew) have truly made my experience here a great one, because I’ve met my best friends here. They make me love being at Hopkins. And through my involvement with the Pi Beta Phi sorority, I met my Big, who has become one of the most important people in my life. She always put smile on my face.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

A lot of my time is spent rehearsing with the Ladybirds, JHU’s official dance team. I’ve been dancing since I was three, so when I got to college I knew that was something I wanted to be involved with. The Ladybirds are a wonderful group of people, and they allow me to continue my passion for dance.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Grey’s Anatomy. Or chocolate.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I’m majoring in math, and I knew there was a great math program here. I wanted a mid-sized college that had access to a city but was still contained and had a beautiful campus. At the end of the day, actually visiting Hopkins was what made my decision, and I’m very happy I chose JHU.

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

My Ladybirds concert! We’d been working towards it for the entire year, and it was my first real performance since being here. So many people came, and the support was amazing.