unnamedName: Pratyusha Bujimalla

Year: 2018

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Hometown: Johnston, IA


What’s something interesting you learned in class?

Last year, I had a seminar professor who personally knew Francis Crick, along with other very famous Nobel Prize winners. My professor had some great and funny anecdotes about the people he knew, which were great to hear!

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

Sign up for everything! Anything and everything that interests you during the first few months of freshman year is worth pursuing and might end up being a huge part of your life. While you should be cautious about spreading yourself too thin, getting more information about the groups and organizations you’re interested in is very helpful.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

The people here at Hopkins are amazing! The diversity at Hopkins and cultural representation here is fascinating and gives way to learn so much more about the people around me and their backgrounds. I love that everyone is so passionate and involved with different research, clubs, and causes. It’s great to be a part of a group of people that so genuinely care about the world around them and making a difference.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

Worry about not studying enough. Sometimes I sleep.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I’m shamefully yet absolutely in love with all things Shondaland – Grey’s, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal. Along with mozz sticks. I have a problem.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I’m from a tiny little suburb in Iowa, so I definitely wanted to get to a bigger city for college. Baltimore is a great city, and Hopkins is a prestigious school that offers the programs I’m interested in as well as great research and internship opportunities.

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

One of my favorite memories was definitely bid night for Alpha Phi. After a week of going through formal recruitment, it was great to finally know where I belonged and meet all my new sisters!