Name: Lauren Padilla

Year: 2019

Major: Writing Seminars

Hometown: Longmeadow, MA

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

At the moment, it feels like I’m trying to balance so much! This semester I’m enrolled in two wonderful journalism classes, so I’m constantly writing and pitching new assignments. I also have my campus job with JHU Press, an internship at Girls’ Life Magazine, and all my other clubs and activities. Then, there are all the logistical things (housing apps, summer internship applications, etc.)! It’s a lot of work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?

When most people think of Hopkins, they immediately picture the sciences. However, once you arrive here, you realize just how many opportunities Hopkins offers humanities and social science students. Right now, I’m enrolled in an upper-level seminar with a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor; a former New York Times editor teaches my journalism classes. I never thought that I’d have so many amazing experiences as a Writing Seminars student at Hopkins…especially as a sophomore!

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

Over the summer, my family visited Niagara Falls. I’d never been there before, so it was amazing to see the Falls up close (especially at night, when everything is lit up).

What’s something you discovered lately?

Living in Baltimore, you discover something new every day! Just recently, I stopped by the Baltimore Farmers’ Market. It takes place under a section of the highway every Sunday during the season! You can find almost anything there–from flowers to artisan breads.

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

I’m enrolled in a really unique experiential learning course called Integrated Marketing and Communications. Over the semester, the class acts as a fully-fledged advertising agency. This year we’re partnering with Acura to develop a campaign for the ILX 2017 as part of a nationwide competition. I’m a member of the PR team, so I’ve gotten the chance to learn about everything from press releases to social media management!

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

Personally, I’d tell incoming students to make the most out of their time in Baltimore. At a university as academically-focused as Johns Hopkins, it can be tempting to dedicate most of your time to studying, but it’s so important to do other things as well. Go see a show at The Charles; take the bus to the Inner Harbor; eat lunch in Mount Vernon. Venture off-campus, and explore the city!


What do you do when you’re not studying?

This fall, I’ve been working as an intern at Girls’ Life Magazine. I also freelance for a paper back in Massachusetts, so I love to write pieces for them as often as I can. I’ve just become the LinkedIn Campus Editor for JHU, so I’ve been spending quite a bit of time speaking to and recruiting new writers. Aside from my writing gigs, I have a part-time job with JHU Press, and I’m involved in several on-campus organizations including the HRDC Advisory Board, SYE, and TCO Labs. Whenever I have some free time, I love to check out the Baltimore arts scene. Many people don’t realize it, but this city has some amazing galleries, theatres, and boutiques!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love binge-watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I adore 1920s fashion, and Essie Davis is my spirit animal.