Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
How did you react when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins? I freaked out! I was an Early Decision applicant, and I never thought I’d actually get in—Hopkins had been my dream since my sophomore year of high school, but I was always so nervous I wouldn’t be admitted. My dad and I were waiting for my decision email and decided to get take-out pizza; he went inside to pick it up, and I stayed in the car. When I refreshed my email on my phone, I saw “Congratulations from Johns Hopkins!” and I started crying with joy—but at that moment, my dad had come out from the pizza place, so when he saw me crying in the car window, of course he thought I was sobbing because I’d been denied! He tried to comfort me, and somehow, through tears, I managed to tell him what had really happened.
Five things every student in the Class of 2020 must bring with them? An umbrella, double-sided Scotch tape, a pair of perfectly worn-in jeans, an extra phone charger, and a lot of pictures of your pets from home.
What do you wish you knew before arriving on campus? That you don’t have to meet your best friends right away—it takes time to find the people you like, and if you don’t click with your roommate or the first students you meet on campus, that’s okay!
Favorite campus tradition? Spring Fair and the Homecoming lacrosse game!
The one thing all Hopkins freshmen should do in Baltimore? Trying the Vegas roll at RA Sushi. It’s a Hopkins hotspot for a reason; RA is legitimately life-changing.
What do you do when you’re not studying? Mostly try to find the best places in Baltimore to dance and/or stuff my face.
Why did you come to Hopkins? I came in as only a Writing Seminars major, and the Writing Sems program is one of the best in the country. I also visited and sat in on classes, and the professors were always incredibly warm and welcoming, and even encouraged me to participate in class discussion. I know this is cheesy, but I immediately felt at home.
What’s been your favorite memory so far? The 2015 lacrosse game against Syracuse is definitely up there. My friend Noah and I traveled to Annapolis to watch, and we ended up conducting the cheers for the entire Hopkins fan section. What made it truly amazing, of course, was the fact that Hopkins beat Syracuse, even though we went into the game considered a tremendous underdog. I was so happy I think I cried through the entire fourth quarter (and almost passed out when Syracuse made a mini-comeback). It was spectacular.
What’s been your favorite academic experience so far? Composing my senior English thesis was immensely, freakishly challenging, but now that I’m finished, I can see that it heightened my ability to engage with academic discourse, to think critically, and, simply, to write.
What were you most excited about when you were an incoming freshman? Getting to attend an institution filled with people who were actually passionate about learning, and who were involved in cutting-edge research and knowledgeable about niche issues.
What emoji best describes your college applications mood? The prayer hands emoji, because I’m so grateful I got into Hopkins!