Shaun Verma chirp photoName: Shaun Verma

Year of Graduation: 2017

Major: Public Health

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA

What do you want to be when you grow up?

As a Public Health student on the premed track, my plan is to attend medical school. I’m thinking about taking a gap year, however, with the Peace Corps or Global Health Corps because I have a real passion for global health and development. I’ve had lots of experience planning, organizing, and implementing public health initiatives in India and Honduras, and want to continue to do so.

What’s something you discovered lately?

Not being the smartest in the room makes you learn a lot about yourself, and that’s somewhere that Hopkins is constantly testing you. Coming from a large 5-A Public School in Suburban Georgia, I wasn’t really challenged to my full potential in high school. At Hopkins, every kid is just as intellectual as you and many times sharper. Though it may be intimidating at times, it’s made me learn a lot about myself and being the best person I can be.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

JHU has such a diverse amount of people, interests, and activities. Hopkins pushes you to get involved in a range of different things that allow you to gauge what you’re really interested in. At the same time, tapping into that diverse student population that are all as driven as you are can be really powerful in creating change.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I’m not studying I’m usually running from meeting to meeting. Hopkins students are more involved than most. I’m founder and president of MDJunior, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 30 chapters in 7 states. I’m also Youth Ambassador to the Youth Leadership Institute in San Fransisco, California and a Youth Advisory Council Member for the National Youth Leadership Council based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Amazon Prime. Anything you want can be in your mailbox within 24 hours. It’s a problem