10882132_745909295490800_7759895197366326474_nYear: Sophomore

Hometown: Potomac, Maryland

Major: English

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I’m really passionate about educational policy, and would love to work for the Department of Education or the National Education Association some day. I want to help reform this antiquated public education system for middle and high schoolers that is based on high-stakes testing with punitive measures, so that students will feel intrinsic excitement towards learning. I’ve been taking undergraduate courses here at Homewood that have helped me understand this field in further depth, and hope to begin taking classes at Hopkins’ School of Education as well!

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

The fact that the student body is so passionate about everything they do! That was the reason I chose Hopkins in the first place and that is the reason that I’ve come to love it so much today. No matter what their field of academic study or what they are involved with on campus, everyone here really pours themselves wholeheartedly into whatever they choose to take on, and it both inspires me and makes for a dynamic, unique campus vibe.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I’m not studying, I’m usually dancing with the Ladybirds (a jazz and contemporary performance company on campus), working as a tutor at the Writing Center, planning new marketing efforts for J.Mag (one of Hopkins’ literary magazines), going to the awesome events hosted by my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and of course, spending time with my friends (…and Netflix)!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I don’t know if this counts, but I definitely have a major weakness for grilled cheese on this campus. The three-cheese grilled cheese at Levering, the grilled cheese bagel at CharMar, and even the grilled cheese at Uni Mini all get a major stamp of approval from me. Just because I’m a college student doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy an old childhood favorite!

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

Spring Fair, hands down! After one of the longest and harshest winters I have ever experienced in my 19 years in Maryland, it was amazing to celebrate the warm, sunny onset of my favorite season. Lounging on the beach while listening to live music with my friends, riding the ferris wheel that afforded me a beautiful view of Gilman Hall, picking out cool posters and funky jewelry for myself, and, most importantly, eating the vendors’ food to my heart’s content–all this made for the best weekend I’ve ever had at Hopkins!