e5rc6o Name: Samantha Wang

Year: 2017

Major: Undecided Engineering

Hometown: Wuhan, China

What’s your biggest struggle right now? Finishing up my first semester of sophomore year, I suddenly feel a bit lost. Things were a lot simpler in high school; I had clear goals, but now the gravity of decisions is weighing on me. It’s no longer whether I’m passionate about something but rather if it will also support me in life or if I’ll be the best in my field if I pursue it. These responsibilities can be a little overwhelming. Nevertheless, I hope that I will end up loving whatever I do in the future.

What’s something you discovered lately? The city of Baltimore!
Recently, I realized that all of my friends are excited to get out of the country. Whether it’s to study abroad or to see the world, their summer plans are filled with adventure. Yet, last summer for me was definitely an adventure as well and I spent it all in Baltimore doing research and taking classes. My friends and I had discovered yummy places to eat, the joys of seeing cool art vendors during Artscape, celebrating World Cup wins at local sports bars, and dancing like teenage girls at concerts. I definitely challenge students to stay in Balty for one summer and see what they can discover

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins? Before I came to Hopkins, many of my friends informed me that this school is known to have a competitive and cutthroat environment. Now that I’m here, I can honestly say that I’m pleasantly surprised Hopkins is actually incredibly supportive. From the many study aids to the caring faculty, Hopkins really tries to help every student succeed in every way possible. Similar things can be said about the community. The people that I’ve met here are probably going to be my best friends for life. While we all have our drive, we still encourage each other to do our best.

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student? Don’t be scared to experiment your first semester! My only regret at Hopkins is not taking advantage of my first semester. I came into Hopkins thinking that I knew exactly what I wanted to do so I jumped in and took classic engineering classes and dived into research. Besides making friends, I never tried to join any clubs or attempt any classes out of my comfort zone. I wish I had gone back and taken up a language or tried out for a dance team. I encourage freshmen to be fearless in their first and even second semesters.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Shakin’ it out to Taylor Swift!

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins? The first few night of orientation.
I made this tight knit group of friends really fast and we just sat around in a circle playing mafia, staying up all night talking, and watching Pitch Perfect until we fell asleep. It was a perfect introduction.