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Hey y’all! I hope you guys had an amazing summer- I’m so excited to be back to continue sharing my experiences as a Hopkins student!

This summer, I went back to my hometown of St. Louis, MO! I spent my summer interning as a research assistant at the Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I specifically worked in the department of Pediatrics and the division of Newborn Medicine, and the research project I was working on was interested in understanding the development of infants with congenital heart defects. I had so much fun here- it was so nice to be able to help out with daily lab tasks, and I learned so much by being in the hospital all summer and working with such amazing people. I’ve always been sure that medicine is the path I want to take, and I can honestly say that this summer just further solidified that for me!

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With some members of the study team on my last day!

I also spent my weekends volunteering in the Emergency Department, and I LOVED it. Each week was different, and you could never really anticipate what would come in through the door! I think I really liked the adrenaline rush that the ED provided me with every week. The last thing I did to keep myself busy this summer was take a math class back home. This definitely wasn’t the highlight of my summer by any means, but I’m glad I got it out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it during the school year!

Aside from my internship, volunteering, and class, I also did some traveling! I took a trip to California with my family! We spent the first couple days exploring San Francisco, before eventually making our way to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, and it was BEAUTIFUL from start to finish. I enjoyed being able to go on so many hikes during our vacation, as well as just being able to relax with my family before starting school.

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Enjoying a boat ride on Lake Tahoe!

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Taking advantage of the views during our hikes!
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One of many family pictures we took on our trip (and we represented Hopkins!)

I’m very grateful to have been able to spend a summer back home, while still being productive and having so much fun! I definitely am excited to be back on campus and see everyone again- I can’t wait to see what this next year holds!

Until Next Time,

Neha