14022149_1167756909911904_2554780263016267994_nName: Jonathan Mo

Graduation Year: 2019

Major(s): Neuroscience and Saxophone Performance

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Your reaction when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins?

I still remember that day when I was in physics. I checked the e-mail while in class on my phone, and I shrieked loud enough to get in trouble. That entire day I was just shaking from the happiness.


Favorite campus tradition?

So far, Lighting of the Quads my Freshman year. Just the communal spirit of gathering and holiday cheer was a nice break from a particularly tough semester. 

One thing no Hopkins student should ever leave freshman year without doing in Baltimore?

Going to a Peabody concert. I’m sure there are even graduates of Hopkins who haven’t even been to the music school’s campus, so free concerts for JHU students are a must.

Number one piece of advice for incoming freshmen?

Just go for it. You’re starting another step in your life that’s in a completely new environment. If there’s something you’ve never done before, try it out!

What do you do in your free time?

If I’m not studying, I’ll be at Octopodes (a cappella) rehearsal, going to Peabody concerts, or exploring the city. That, or I’ll just be eating. 

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I came to Hopkins for the dual degree between Hopkins and Peabody. The opportunity to study at an academically rigorous school and at a renowned music conservatory was too good a chance to pass up. 

Your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

There are many, but probably making Thanskgiving dinner with my suitemates in Charles Commons. We invited a bunch of people over the day before break, and it was a blast. 

Favorite academic experience thus far at Hopkins?

My favorite academic experience so far was getting to devise a research project regarding improvisational music and neuroscience with my mentor. I’ve never done anything of the like, and the experience has been eye-opening so far.

Coolest under-the-radar spot on campus?

There’s a pathway at the edge of Hopkins that outlines the back of campus. It’s always quiet and not crowded, and I love to take walks along the bridges and trails when I can.

What were you most excited about when you were an incoming freshman?

I think it was a mixture of excitement and anxiety, but I think it’s meeting all the new people. There’s a lot of unknowns when coming into college, but knowing that I was going to find life-long friends here was something I couldn’t have ever imagined.