Name: Jack Gallagher
Graduation Year: 2020
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Hometown: Chesterfield, NJ
Your reaction when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins?
I was really relieved. I applied Early Decision and knew that Hopkins was the school for me. Finally seeing that acceptance screen after a particularly anxiety-filled day was truly one of the more fulfilling moments in my life.
Five things every student in the Class of 2020 must bring with them?
2) Shower shoes & caddy
3) Plenty of notebooks and pens
5) (for STEM students) Small whiteboards for working out problem sets
Number one piece of advice for incoming freshmen?
Take your time the first few weeks of classes to really find your rhythm, but definitely try to develop one! It will greatly help you with midterms in early October and early November.
Why did you come to Hopkins?
I wanted to go to a university with a top-tier physics program in the northeast/mid-atlantic, so that certainly put Hopkins on the short-list. However, after my campus visit spring of Junior year, I knew this was it. I really liked the architecture, with brick buildings with modern interiors and wide, open grass quads. Hopkins checked all my boxes.
Favorite academic experience thus far at Hopkins?
Learning about differential forms in Honors Multivariable Calculus from Prof. Brown. Differential forms are the structure that pretty much all of vector calculus falls out of, so finishing off the semester by learning how to completely generalize vector calculus results was like peeking behind the curtain to deeper math. As a math major, this was incredibly interesting!
Coolest under-the-radar spot on campus?
The Physics Undergraduate Computing (PUC) Lab in Bloomberg is my favorite spot to do work outside of my room. While only physics majors get access to it, it’s filled wall-to-wall with whiteboards and tables to complete your work, plus a loft area with Mac and Windows computers. It also gets plenty of natural light, and is a good place to socialize with other physics majors.