a1shuv Name: Miguel Dias

 Major: Biomedical Engineering (BME)

 Year: 2017

 Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

 What do you want to be when you grow up? 

That’s a great question. When I started Hopkins I was undecided between pursuing medicine,  working in the medical device industry or going into academia. Today, I can honestly say that  I am not any closer to figuring out what I want to do with my life! In fact, Hopkins has just  solidified my desire to pursue each of these areas!

 What’s your biggest struggle right now?

There are so many incredible activities and clubs to join and such interesting research being done at Hopkins that my biggest struggle is choosing what to pursue. There is simply too much choice!

What’s something you discovered lately?

Recently, I discovered the DMC (Digital Media Center). The DMC is an amazing place where students can use/borrow cutting edge (and yes, expensive) technologies. From 3D printers to Oculus Rift or even DSLR cameras, students are free to use this equipment at no cost for their independent projects. The DMC is definitely a place to go even if you are not a tech junkie.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to an incoming student?

Talk to upperclassmen! I was fortunate to join a Design Team my freshman year which opened me to the world of upperclassman knowledge. My upperclassman friends gave me invaluable advice about classes that are a must, Professors not to miss and lots of amazing Hopkins’ advice. We can’t forget that other people have faced (and survived) the same challenges we struggle with today!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love white chocolate. If I see it, I’ll eat it, in any form, shape or size!