Name: Sherry S.
Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Major(s): English and Medicine, Science, and the Humanities
Current job: Research Associate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Tell us a little about the path from graduation to your current job/career: Throughout my time at Hopkins, I was convinced that graduate school in biomedical sciences was the way to go for me. During my junior and senior years, I got very interested in the way that scientists, institutions, healthcare practitioners, and news outlets work together to convey “health” to the public. When I was a student, I worked in a lab that does research on pathogenic fungi, which is very interesting, but not nearly as applicable to the real world and the general public. I very quickly realized that I wanted to move from a classroom setting to the workforce and to study something that more directly affects people. So, I ended up taking a job as a Research Associate at Mount Sinai, where I work with a neurologist who discovered that red wine can mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease (as an avid red wine drinker, this was quite applicable to my everyday life). Every day I learn something new about what the people in my lab are working on and how they’re making a difference to cure the world of Alzheimer’s.
Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? Communications Internship at the International Vaccine Access Center in 2017, Communications Internship at the Baltimore City Health Department in 2018.
What extracurriculars were you involved with at JHU? Chai@JHU, Hopkins Hillel, The News-Letter, Kappa Alpha Theta.
In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? Hopkins reinforced my thirst for learning, to constantly be challenging myself to update my knowledge, which is entirely necessary for my current job and for my future career path.
Any classes, faculty members, or involvements at JHU that helped to shape your career interest? I took a class junior year called “Writing about Science”. It was taught by an editor of the journal “Science” who really cemented my interest and desire in working to communicate science and health to the public in as accurate and non-sensational a manner as possible.
Favorite Hopkins memory: Sitting on the Beach during the first warm days of spring.
What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? Having a campus as beautiful as ours within walking distance.
Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Breathe a little bit, explore more and have more fun with trying things, and try not to lose sight of the big picture.