1526926_10152081052216848_1874558019_nName: Putt Rodchareon

Major: Economics and International Studies

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Year: Junior

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Well, I really don’t know! I’ve changed my mind plenty of times, but I really do hope that later down the road, I could try politics as a career.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?
My biggest struggle right now is to figure out what I want to do after college! I am trying to figure out whether to go back home to Thailand after Hopkins, or work in the United States for a couple of years before heading back.

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?
The adaptability of the students here is quite astounding. One minute you’re talking to your friend about a complex theoretical economics problem, and the next minute you’re rapping to the somewhat mediocre lyrics of Kanye’s Bound 2.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?
The coolest place I’ve been to recently would have to be the monkey park in Kyoto, Japan.

What’s something you discovered lately?
I’ve started to take a liking to programming. This semester, I thought that I should try Java before I leave college. So I took a leap of faith and I actually enjoy the material!

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
Take classes you find interesting in your freshmen year. It’s best to find out early what you like, rather than going halfway through a major and realizing it isn’t for you.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?
The student groups here are amazing. There’s something for everyone to do.

What puts a smile on your face?
When I finish my last final.

What do you do when you’re not studying?
I’m trying to get a lot better at FIFA on Xbox 360, which I’m currently really addicted to.

What’s something you wish you got involved with?
I wish I got involved with a jazz/orchestra band here. I’ve played the alto saxophone for a while now, but never took it through to college.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
I enjoy binge-watching Californication.

Why did you come to Hopkins?
I came to Hopkins to get the best education I could possibly get. As Hopkins has a strong international studies and economics program, I felt like my choice to go here was a no brainier.

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?
I enjoy every Fourth of July here. My friend throws a party every Fourth of July at Hopkins, and it’s always nice to see everyone come back to Hopkins to enjoy the holiday together.