luisName: Luis Pulido

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Rialto, CA

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This is a question that I’ve struggled with for years and one that still presents a challenge. I know one thing for sure though: I’ve always wanted to help people. So for now, what I want to be when I grow up is a thinker, a role model, an actor, a challenger, an investigator, a hero.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

The struggle is always the same: how do I become a better version of myself? I always want to do better because in order to do good, one must be the very best that no one ever was. But I’m not the best at anything right now. So I still have a lot of work to do, but I realize that I also have a lot of time to get where I want to be. And I know I have the people in my corner to make sure I don’t waver on my path.

What’s something you discovered lately?

I’ve finally discovered how to wake up to my alarms.

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

Explore your interests or even things that don’t interest you. Your first year is the time to do just that. The opportunities are endless at Hopkins so there’s no time like now to understand who you are and what you really like. Be open.

What puts a smile on your face?

Walking past the Beach with “The Johns Hopkins University” engraved on that ledge. When my mom walked past it for the first time, she began to cry. And while her tears don’t make me smile, those were happy and prideful tears. Thinking of this moment, walking by this sign, it helps me understand how far I’ve come and that makes me smile.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I’m catching up on all my shows. And I have a small number of shows I keep up with. They include: Arrow, The Flash, Law & Order SVU, Agents of SHIELD, Quantico, Blindspot, Jane the Virgin, Gotham, Modern Family, Shondaland #TGIT. Don’t worry. I have an app that helps me track this modest amount of tv shows.

What’s something you wish you got involved with?

I wish I got involved with more sociology or public health classes. They’re exciting and relevant, too, and it’s a big regret that I didn’t explore that avenue sooner.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I think we already spoke about the level or severity of my tv addiction. I’m guilty of this pleasure.

What’s a change you’ve made recently?

I made the change from creating calendar events and contacts via iCloud to Google. That’s a big thing for someone like me.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I came because I wanted to be like Dr. House. I stayed because it’s the east coast with seasons and grass and trees and bricks for buildings and marble for staircases.

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

When I think about Hopkins, I remember the all-nighter Taylor Swift singing sessions, interesting interactions with residents in the dorm where I’m an RA, failed journeys to Abbey Burger, and planned spontaneous trips to NYC with family and friends from home.