14657496_1192660287481402_8319682537327852916_nName: Lauren Parker

Graduation Year: 2020

Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology

Minor(s): Spanish for the Professions

Hometown: Richmond, VA

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

Relief! I was at a swim meet when decisions came out, and I made the mistake of telling my friends when I’d be hearing whether I got in or not. Needless to say, none of my friends would stop talking about it, and I was a nervous wreck. So when I was sitting alone in our hotel room, the first thing I could think of was how relieved I was, and how excited I was to tell everyone the good news.

Five things every student in the Class of 2020 must bring with them?

Clothes you can layer, a good pair of rain boots, a first aid kit if you’re the mom of your friend group like me, a ton of mugs, and a planner!

Favorite campus tradition?

Although I’ve never experienced this myself, I cannot wait for the day the quad is covered in pink lawn flamingos.

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

Fill out a punch card from the Charmery. You get to spin a wheel!

What do you do in your free time?

I love going to the Inner Harbor and exploring Baltimore, but having a movie night with friends is just as satisfying. We just finished watching Stranger Things together and it was a blast!

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I came to Hopkins because I thought it’d be the perfect place for me to excel both academically and athletically, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I swam competitively all through high school, and definitely wanted that to be a part of my college experience. Here, I have access to world class academics that will prepare me to be successful in anything I want to do, as well as the opportunity to continue swimming on a team that inspires me to be my best everyday.

Your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

My friends and I were walking to Late Night at the FFC after a long study marathon. Suddenly we heard a loud noise and saw something flying at us, so naturally we ran and screamed out of shock/terror. Turns out it was just the sprinklers, and while I will never understand why the sprinklers came on at 9:00 pm that night, it was still absolutely hilarious.

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

I was really excited about everything honestly! Over the summer, I loved picking out stuff for my dorm and was looking forward to decorating it and making it mine. I was excited about my classes, and I was ready meet all my future classmates! Most of all, I was excited for all the opportunities I knew I would have at Hopkins over the course of four years.