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Last year, I wrote about how the people at Hopkins is my answer to why Hopkins. Here’s a couple of them. They’re all doing their own incredible things, and they’re just a small representation of the kind of students we have at Hopkins.

 

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Wade Coomer, sophomore, from Voorhees, NJ, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology.

What led you to Hopkins?

I’m a science guy. It was kind of a no-brainer for me once I got my acceptance letter.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I always thought I was headed to medical school after college. But as a result of several experiences I’ve had over the past year and a half I don’t think that’s where I’ll be going. So that leaves me a little up in the air right now about what my direction is, but I’m currently looking into the research route. I finally landed a spot in a lab for this coming spring semester, which will be my first experience with research, so I will see how that works out and go from there.

Favorite place in Baltimore?

I haven’t done a good job of getting outside of the Hopkins bubble, but I would have to say Camden Yards. You can never have a bad time there with the cheap student ticket prices, even if you aren’t a baseball fan.

Favorite spot on campus?

When it comes to studying you can find me nestled into a cubicle on B or C level, where I’m most productive. In terms of relaxation and enjoyment, I like to sit outside MSE and look at Gilman Hall as the sun sets (how romantic).

One of your favorite things to eat on or around campus?

It might be a Hopkins cliché, but the late night sandwiches from Uni Mini are a must. The new crepes in Char Mar this year are definitely up there, however.

Wade is one of the best guys I know. Last spring break he was a mobile clinic volunteer, providing medical services to impoverished families in Latin America. He’s also a “head of family” in Thread, a program that connects underperforming Baltimore high school students with a “family” of volunteers to foster academic achievement and personal growth. Remember me when you win a Nobel Prize, Wade.

 

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Matt Re, senior, from Chappaqua, NY, majoring in Engineering Mechanics, focusing on biomechanics.

What led you to Hopkins?

I originally came to Hopkins with dreams of being pre-med and an engineer, but the practice of being a Hopkins Engineer opened so many doors for me I previously would have ignored. It was the school that gave me the best options no matter what I ended up doing.

What do you want to do after graduation?

Work in some athletic engineering field. I’m currently interning at Under Armour and would love the opportunity to work there after. The environment there is electric and everyone just wants to be the best – it’s contagious.

Favorite place in Baltimore?

The Inner Harbor/Federal Hill area. It’s like a smaller New York City and I really do love my city.

Favorite spot on campus?

If the weather is nice enough – the beach. If it’s not – A level.

One of your favorite things to eat on or around campus?

Three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich from Levering with tomatoes, bacon, and jalapeños. Can’t be beat.

Matt’s internship is insane. The combination of sports and engineering is one that I feel gets overlooked, but is an integral part for these athletic companies – and is also just really interesting. Under Armour is headquartered right here in Baltimore – how cool is it to have an opportunity like that – to do something you are interested in, at a company that is right here in the city you live in.

 

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Simi Matta, junior, from Livingston, NJ, majoring in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Public Health Studies.

What led you to Hopkins?

I chose Hopkins because I loved the campus and how enthusiastic everyone was. Also, Hopkins has no core curriculum so I thought it was awesome that I could explore my own academic interests without conforming to a set list of classes.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I would like to do something in the intersection of health and economics…whatever that may be.

Favorite place in Baltimore?

The Charmery! (It’s an ice cream shop in Hampden). I’m always amazed by the different (bizarre) ice-cream flavors they come up with.

Favorite spot on campus?

I love hanging out in the Gilman atrium. It’s such a beautiful open space that’s great for catching up with friends.

One of your favorite things to eat on or around campus?

The chocolate chip muffins in Levering.

Simi and I became friends through the HOP – our social programming board and because we’re majoring in the same things and are in a lot of classes together. She’s super involved with student life – Simi’s on the executive board of the HOP and on South Asian Students at Hopkins (SASH), and was one of the co-chairs for hoptoberfest – a committee that pulls together one week of fun (food, fireworks, free stuff, concerts) in October purely for the enjoyment of the student body. AND she’s graduating early? 

 

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Alex Sadler, junior, from Bardonia, NY, majoring in International Studies and Latin American Studies.

What led you to Hopkins?

We have a unique International Studies program that offers a nice variety of courses.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I really couldn’t tell you, right now I’m looking at a couple of Consulting Firms and NGOs focused in Latin America but it changes all of the time.

Favorite place in Baltimore?

Woodberry Kitchen because the food is really, really tasty. You should probably go with your parents though because it’ll break the bank for sure. Red Emma’s down in Station North is a really cool bookstore and coffee shop that is a great place to get work done.

Favorite spot on campus?

When it’s nice out, the Beach. The best days on campus are in early April when it’s nice out and everyone is hanging out on the Beach getting hype for Spring Fair and not thinking about finals yet.

One of your favorite things to eat on or around campus?

Jamaican Meat Pie from Brody Cafe. Best kept secret of the libs. It’s spicy fun for the whole family!

Alex was another one of the co-chairs of hoptoberfest and is also one of the directors for the Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS), a student group that hosts a week-long speaker series in the spring, focusing on international topics. This year, Alex helped organize a virtual discussion with Edward Snowden. How sick is that? 

 

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Justin Ryu, sophomore, from Seoul, South Korea, majoring in International Studies and Film & Media Studies.

What led you to Hopkins?

I liked their International Studies program. Plus, I knew a ton of people from my high school that ended up at Hopkins.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I’d like to work in in advertising or marketing.

Favorite place in Baltimore?

The Bun Shop! Or really Mount Vernon in general.

Favorite spot on campus?

Gilman Atrium or the Beach when the weather’s nice and/or when I’m in denial of imminent exams and papers.

One of your favorite things to eat on or around campus?

Sterling Brunch.

What Justin didn’t mention is that he’s in the All-Nighters, our only all-male a cappella group at Hopkins, which just happens to also be nationally ranked. Listen to them and his solo here. Justin’s also on FAS, doing marketing for the speaker series, and he made this really awesome video announcing the Edward Snowden virtual discussion.

 

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Tim Shieh, sophomore, from Irvine, CA, majoring in International Studies.

What led you to Hopkins?

Hopkins was one of the best schools I got into, and I knew I wanted to get out of the West Coast. Our IS program is fantastic, and I loved the 5-year SAIS program opportunity. I had never visited before coming to Hopkins, but I took a leap of faith and that’s where I am today.

What do you want to do after graduation?

Finance or consulting. I know I want to work in education or public service for the long term, and I’ve thought about going to law school eventually.

Favorite place in Baltimore?

Red Emma’s.

Favorite spot on campus?

The Beach, or the patio outside of Brody.

One of your favorite things to eat on or around campus?

Gertrude’s, the restaurant inside of the Baltimore Museum of Art, right next to campus.

Tim was one of the first people I met at Hopkins – during orientation. Tim and I are living together next year – and he’s one of the people I go to when I want to talk about current events and other worldly topics. This probably explains why he’s on HOPMUN, JHU’s traveling Model UN team, and how he got to intern with Representative Ted Lieu on Capitol Hill through the Taiwanese American Citizens League.

 

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Anand, sophomore, from San Antonio, TX, majoring in Computer Science and Economics.

What led you to Hopkins?

I was blessed with a merit scholarship and my parents probably would have disowned me if I did not take it.

What do you want to do after graduation?

Social entrepreneurship or venture capitalism.

Favorite place in Baltimore?

Absolutely, Woodberry Kitchen.

Favorite spot on campus?

The gazebo behind the UTL in the sculpture garden at night is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the purple haze of a foggy winter eve.

One of your favorite things to eat on or around campus?

The Hopkins Club serves by far the best food on campus.

In this picture of him, you’ll see Anand when he was in Dharamshala this past summer, where he was visiting the beneficiaries of his non-profit organization, the Lotus Life Foundation, which focuses on providing medical treatment and education to children with disabilities in rural India. That’s tight, Anand.