Name: Hayley Strasburger
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Woodbury, CT
Your reaction when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins?
I started crying. I was so happy I’d been accepted to my first choice school, but I was also so relieved that the months of stress and worry were finally over!
Five things every student in the Class of 2020 must bring with them?
1. A Steamer (so much better than an iron)
2. Pictures of your family
3. Nyquil (many bottles)
4. Warm gloves
What do you wish you knew before arriving on campus?
I wish I knew that my first semester of college definitely did not define the rest of my college experience or lock me into a certain path. I was very stressed coming into school that I needed to pick a major right away. Instead, I was able to take classes in many different departments and eventually found a major (that I’m in love with). College can seem scary and professional, but spend first semester exploring. No stress!
Favorite campus tradition?
Definitely Lighting of the Quads. Every year on the first week of December Gilman quad transforms into a winter wonderland with hot cocoa, cookies, and musical performances. Then at 9 pm President Daniels counts down to turn on all the holiday lights on campus and there is an impressive fireworks show!
One thing no Hopkins student should ever leave freshman year without doing in Baltimore?
Climb to the top of Federal Hill. My freshman year RA, Jorge, took my entire house up to the top of the park the first weekend we came to Hopkins. Federal Hill is a park on the other side of the Inner Harbor that overlooks the entire city. We went at night and the view of Charm City was unparalleled.
Number one piece of advice for incoming freshmen?
Have an open mind! Join a club or two you would normally never join. Take classes outside of your interests. Meet people from all over the world.
What do you do in your free time?
I love going downtown to the medical campus to do research. Although research has become my part-time job, I have so much fun hanging out with my lab and trying new experiments.
Why did you come to Hopkins?
I came to Hopkins because I knew I wanted to explore a new city. I’d never been to Baltimore before, but I have had an amazing time exploring this city.
Your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?
My favorite memory was the last night of my freshman year. My friends and I went to Iggies, our favorite pizza place for dinner, and then spent the rest of the night in our dorm hallway reminiscing about the past year and playing our favorite songs.
Favorite academic experience thus far at Hopkins?
Taking Introduction to Neuroscience with Professor Hendry my first semester. I completely fell in love with the field.
Coolest under-the-radar spot on campus?
Okay so the Reading Room in the Brody Learning Commons is definitely well known, but it is my all-time favorite study spot! The Reading Room is a beautiful high-ceilinged hall with leather chairs and massive wooden tables. Tall windows on every side mean the room is lit with natural sunlight.
What were you most excited about when you were an incoming freshman?
I was most excited about the waffle machine in the Fresh Food Cafe… and the beautiful campus and amazing academics.
What emoji best describes your college applications mood?
I was a neurotic mess during the college application process so I’d have to say I was the “face screaming in fear”.