Hometown: Baltimore, MD
How did you react when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins? When I was admitted, the acceptance page featured nothing but “YES!” I had a hard time logging in, so I thought that this just meant that I finally got through to the server. I was happy enough that the Internet was finally cooperating, but I was even happier when I realized that it meant that I was accepted!
What do you wish you knew before arriving on campus? Expect the unexpected. You’ll try really hard to imagine what your college life will look like, but it will completely exceed that picture in your head.
Favorite campus tradition? Every spring, hundreds of plastic flamingos mysteriously appear on the quad. It’s kooky and whimsical and great.
The one thing all Hopkins freshmen should do in Baltimore? Really get to know Baltimore beyond the Inner Harbor and other tourist-y places. Baltimore has such a rich, eccentric culture that every Hopkins students should come to understand and love as a member of the city.
Number one piece of advice for incoming freshmen? Say “yes” to everything. Some of my favorite memories and experiences have been spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment things that made me say “why not?” College will present so many opportunities to do new, crazy things–take advantage of it!
What do you do when you’re not studying? I’m usually designing something on Illustrator, attending a cool screening, painting, checking out a new restaurant, or hanging with friends. Sometimes I ride my Razor scooter around my apartment.
Why did you come to Hopkins? Mostly because of Baltimore. I grew up in the area, and absolutely love the city and all of its quirks. It’s home to me, and I wanted to extend it as my home for another four years. Also, I fell in love with the Hopkins Film program. I remember reading course descriptions and being so excited to get to campus!
What’s been your favorite memory so far? One night during freshman year, some friends and I snuck out onto a roof of an academic building and hung out for hours and talked. It was a perfect night.
What’s been your favorite academic experience so far? I took a class, Theorizing Popular Culture with Meredith Ward, that completely opened my eyes while simultaneously affirming my interests and passions. It was one of those classes that completely matched my dreamy expectations for how a life-changing college course should be!
What were you most excited about when you were an incoming freshman? I was so excited to meet new people. It was so cool to think that I was about to cross paths with thousands of new people from different places and backgrounds. Safe to say: the people here have lived up to the hype.
What emoji best describes your college applications mood? The upside down smiley face. Trying to keep it together through the mayhem.