Name: Joanna Schneider
Graduation Year: 2018
Major(s): Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Mathematics
Hometown: Queens, NY
Your reaction when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins?
The day I got admitted to Hopkins was the opening night of a show I was performing in at my high school and I woke up without a voice to speak with, much less to sing with. I accidentally clicked the button too early, expecting to get an error message, but the giant “Yes!” display popped up and I screamed and cried. It instantly made a terrible day the best day ever.
Five things every student in the Class of 2020 must bring with them?
1. Water bottle
2. Posters (you will get to your room and the walls will be very white)
3. Keurig (save yourself some money at Brody)
5. Speakers (you’ll be the study party savior and the life of the party)
What do you wish you knew before arriving on campus?
I wish that I knew why people said college was going to be the best four years of my life, because they were right, but it took me a while to figure it out. There are exams and projects, homework assignments and long nights in the library, but the people who have helped me to get through it make Hopkins my absolute favorite place.
Favorite campus tradition?
Lighting of the Quads! I love Spring Fair too, but I’ve always ben a cold weather person, so I love drinking hot chocolate and watching the fireworks when the quads get lit up for December.
One thing no Hopkins student should ever leave freshman year without doing in Baltimore?
You must explore Fells Point. Most people will take a trip to the Inner Harbor before the end of their freshman year, but Fells Point has the best food, stores, and scenery.
Number one piece of advice for incoming freshmen?
One piece of advice that I would given incoming freshmen is to get involved in everything you’re interested in. You can always decide that you don’t like something as much, but it’s ten times easier to start early and then choose what you like than it is to get involved late.
What do you do in your free time?
I rehearse with my a cappella group and work with the Baltimore community with Alpha Phi Omega! I also love getting off campus just to go to dinner in Mt. Vernon or to visit my sister in Washington D.C.
Why did you come to Hopkins?
I applied to Hopkins for its renowned school of engineering and the academic opportunities. I came because being surrounded by such a highly motivated group of individuals makes me strive to do better, and I love being in a place where people love to innovate and achieve.
Favorite academic experience thus far at Hopkins?
My favorite academic experience thus far at Hopkins has to be the math classes I’ve taken with Professor Brown. He encouraged me to continue studying math, and even convinced me to declare the major this year!
Coolest under-the-radar spot on campus?
Malone Hall. It’s only open to Computer Science students after 9PM and on weekends, but if there’s a will and a CS major, there’s a way. Malone has the best study spaces on campus.
What were you most excited about when you were an incoming freshman?
I was most excited to live in a residence hall! Living in a dorm feels like sleep away camp. You get to live next to your best friends and there’s never a dull moment. I was definitely not disappointed.
What emoji best describes your college applications mood?
Dancing flamenco lady because I am her and she is me. But mostly after it ended because it was not fun.