Name: Allison Comotto
Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s): Writing Seminars
Minor(s): Marketing and Communications
Hometown: Towson, MD
Your reaction when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins?
My mom, dad, and I were all on different computers trying to log in and view my admissions decision. My mother, sneaky lady that she is, managed to finally get through and open the email, and she just wordlessly turned the laptop to face me. I’m telling you, you don’t know what happiness is until you see that giant YES from your dream school. We all screamed and cried and called everyone we knew. I was at the bookstore the next day, buying an entire wardrobe of Hopkins swag. No regrets.
Five things every student in the Class of 2020 must bring with them?
Please do not arrive on this campus without an umbrella and rainboots, you will end up sad and wet. Earplugs and bins to store under your bed also proved important life hacks for dorm living. Also, don’t skimp on the photos and decoration. You’ll want Hopkins to feel like home as soon as possible.
What do you wish you knew before arriving on campus?
I wish I knew that no one else really had a clue what they were doing either. Instead of hardcore stressing about choosing my classes and picking the perfect extracurriculars, I should have just gone with the flow.
Favorite campus tradition?
Spring Fair is my absolute favorite campus tradition. Vendors, food trucks, and live music? What more could anyone ask for.
One thing no Hopkins student should ever leave freshman year without doing in Baltimore?
Visiting the Miracle on 34th Street Christmas lights in Hampden! Hampden is this quirky-cool little community right next to Hopkins, and every year an entire block of houses goes CRAZY with Christmas lights and decorations. It’s free, offers a great distraction from finals, and gives you an awesome taste of Baltimore culture.
Number one piece of advice for incoming freshmen?
Try everything and anything! You’ll have so many opportunities to get involved during the first couple weeks of school, and you don’t want to miss out. Go to any audition or interest meeting that catches your eye.
What do you do in your free time?
I’m usually racing to a musical rehearsal, whether it’s on or off campus!
Why did you come to Hopkins?
Hopkins really supported my passions. Its special curriculum design ensures that I have total control over the classes I’m taking and that I always have options. I’ve never felt pressured to pursue classes and subjects that I have no interest in.
Your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?
Back when I was a freshman living in the AMRs, my friends and I would have weekly movie nights. We’d pack way too many people into a tiny double (we had to get creative with seating arrangements), order pizza, and take turns choosing. It was a great way to blow off steam after the school week.
Favorite academic experience thus far at Hopkins?
My favorite poetry professor expressed an interest in getting some of my poems published. It felt like such a validation of all of the work I’ve done at Hopkins thus far.
Coolest under-the-radar spot on campus?
The rooftop terrace of the Varsity (where I live) is my favorite place to study, hand out, and enjoy a gorgeous view of Baltimore! It’s not technically on campus…but it’s right next-door!
What were you most excited about when you were an incoming freshman?
I was so excited about meeting my classmates! It was so cool to be part of a group of strangers all united by the place they were going to dedicate the next four years of their lives to. I felt like we had so much in common already.
What emoji best describes your college applications mood?