Name: Rahul Naik
Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s): Neuroscience, Film & Media Studies
Hometown: Randolph, NJ
Your reaction when you found out you were admitted to Hopkins?
I found out that I was admitted to Hopkins when I was at the gym. I got an email saying that there was an update to my “admissions decisions site.” I logged in to the portal using my phone and could not believe my eyes! Instead of finishing my routine at the gym, I bolted to my car, sped home, and told my parents.
Five things every student in the Class of 2020 must bring with them?
4) re-fillable water bottle
5) copious amount of snacks
What do you wish you knew before arriving on campus?
Before arriving on campus I wish I had known how friendly and accepting students at Hopkins really were. I quickly found this out during orientation week and was able to make so many new friends!
Favorite campus tradition?
Lighting of the Quads!
One thing no Hopkins student should ever leave freshman year without doing in Baltimore?
Before the end of freshman year, every Hopkins student should pay a visit to the Inner Harbor. I have been to the Inner Harbor multiple times this semester, and plan to visit many more times next semester. It’s a great place to walk around, grab a bite to eat, and even shop till you drop.
Number one piece of advice for incoming freshmen?
My number one piece of advice for incoming freshman is to not be afraid to explore majors that you might not know much about. Getting out of your comfort zone and learning new and interesting things is what college is all about. Conveniently, Hopkins requires that its students take a certain amount of distribution requirements. Embrace this and take classes that intrigue you outside of your major.
What do you do in your free time?
When I am not studying, I am hanging out with my friends. I definitely believe that socializing is very healthy, and I always try to find time for it during my busy daily schedule. When I’m not studying or socializing there is a good chance that I am taking a nap.
Why did you come to Hopkins?
Interestingly enough, Hopkins was the first college campus I toured. I came here because I knew right from the first time I visited that it would be my home.
Your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?
My favorite memory at Hopkins was going to the Inner Harbor during orientation week. I would never have guessed that I would have met such a great group of friends during my first week on campus.
Favorite academic experience thus far at Hopkins?
My favorite academic experience at Hopkins was taking Expository Writing: Love and Morality. I found this class especially interesting because it was unlike any class I had taken in high school. My grade was determined by a total of four papers written throughout the semester. This was a little frightening at first, but I soon found out that reading philosophical literature and learning about love and moral theories was really interesting. I was so intrigued by what I learned during the semester that my fourth essay was a 7-page analysis of love.
Coolest under-the-radar spot on campus?
The coolest “under-the-radar” spot on campus is the Digital Media Center (DMC). I was fortunate enough to get a job here within my first couple weeks on campus. The DMC is a great place to come if you want to learn how to use and check-out awesome technology. It’s also a great study spot, and I encourage everyone to visit.
What were you most excited about when you were an incoming freshman?
As an incoming freshman, I was most excited to live on my own. Even though I knew that going to college meant that I would have to live away from my family for an extended period of time, I was ready for the challenge and could not wait to move-in in August.
What emoji best describes your college applications mood?
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