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FAQ

Copying Quan’s blog.

My friends are, naturally, a huge part of my life at Hopkins. They’re always there to edit my papers, slack off and sit on the quad, or try new restaurants. They also understand me on a weirdly spiritual level:

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So, enough about me. I’m just one perspective of some 5,000+ undergrads at Hopkins. Here are a few more:

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Emelynn (my roomie!), junior from New York, NY, majoring in International Studies.

Why Hopkins?
It was really important for me to go to a school at a university in a city, yet maintained a traditional green campus.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Although I want to go into finance when I graduate, I don’t necessarily have a specific career trajectory. There are several areas of finance that I would like to explore, such as public finance and impact investing–really any social enterprise related to finance.

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?
As I was walking to the library during the last few weeks of my freshman year, I saw hundreds of pink plastic flamingos on the Keyser Quad. I felt like I was in a John Waters film; it was very surreal, yet very beautiful. For me, this day is quintessentially Baltimorean and I love that Hopkins embraces it Baltimore roots. I am so happy that this is an annual tradition because it makes me feel embedded in the culture of the city.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
Eat! There are so many different cuisines within Baltimore’s restaurant scene that you can travel the world (in terms of food) and not have to leave Charm City!

 

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Jack, junior from Princeton, NJ, majoring in International Studies.

Why Hopkins?
It was the best combination of all the things I wanted in a college: University size, city setting, beautiful campus, and a student body that could educate me as much as my professors.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A world-traveler! Or the dog equivalent of a cat-lady.

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?
Walking around a construction site during a snowstorm with a few close friends. Homewood took on a totally different feel. The whiteout made everything feel dramatic and peaceful at the same time!

Or, when FAS hosted Edward Snowden and we filled shriver beyond capacity. It was such a proud moment, seeing the students response en masse to your hard work and show up for a once-in-a-lifetime event to educate themselves.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
Tacos at Barcocina followed by gelato at Pitango, watch sunset in fells.

 

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Megan, junior from Timonium, MD, majoring in Writing Seminars.

Why Hopkins?
I’ve lived 20 minutes from JHU my entire life; I grew up going to Spring Fair and lacrosse games, but I wanted to do something different when I went to college. After visiting a bunch of schools, I decided that I wanted to spend the next four years in a city school with a green campus, between 3,000 and 10,000 students, and great humanities programs. My parents pointed out to me that Hopkins was everything I was looking for, and after my campus tour I was totally convinced. I applied early decision 🙂

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I hope to combine my interest in writing/books with something marketing-ish.

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?
My first Spring Fair as a Hopkins student! I always had fun going as a kid, but getting to spend the whole weekend hanging out with my friends while eating and listening to music is even better.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
Orioles games! Tickets for students are $7, and even if you’re not a baseball fan it’s still a really fun environment to be in.

 

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Caleb, senior from Bloomington, IN, majoring in Mathematics and Philosophy.

Why Hopkins?
For me, the campus was really what sold Hopkins. It just felt like a place I wanted to call home for my four years of college. I knew I wanted to be in a city, but I also wanted to feel comfortable transitioning out of a small midwestern town. When I set foot on the Hopkins campus, I felt like I was in a beautiful urban oasis, with all of the benefits of city life, but the comfort of a beautiful, small college campus.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A musician- I love my guitar more than anything in the whole world. I’m far better at communicating with six strings than my own voice.

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?

Too many to choose from… After four years of great memories, all I can say is that the people I’ve come to know and be close with during my time at Hopkins are incredible in so many different ways, it’s hard to believe that they all exist in the same place at the same time.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
Four Hours of Funk at the Windup Space!

 

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Anna, sophomore from Napoleon, OH, majoring in Film & Media Studies and Writing Seminars.

Why Hopkins?
It was the only place that I got excited about. I HATED the college search and essentially refused to participate in it (haha), but my parents made me come here and visit schools with my cousin who lives in Federal Hill. We came here on an open house day and intended to leave to go get lunch somewhere after the 9 am tour, but then I loved it and made her sit through lectures by Hopkins professors (one who now teaches my AWESOME Intro to Fiction class) and seminars on how to get in because I absolutely had to go here. I cried and ran around my high school after I got my acceptance email.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
After Hopkins, I want to do something in the film industry. Ideally, a screenwriter for some type of comedy television show.

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?
Honestly, meeting Gen and Danny in film class fall of freshman year. They kind of took me under their wing and made me feel really cool because two sophomores thought I was fun enough to hangout with. I can’t really think of many memories from Hopkins that don’t involve them. Things would be a lot different if I hadn’t accidentally signed up for that class.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
EAT. THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES TO EAT.

 

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Laura, sophomore from San Juan, Puerto Rico, majoring in Romance Languages.

Why Hopkins?
I came to Hopkins for the first time for SOHOP. I fell in love immediately with the campus, it was everything I wanted– nice green quads, not too big, campus school but still in the city. The people were all very friendly, it was my first impression of Hopkins and it was a great one! I left feeling that I could belong in this school, and now here I am! woot woot!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A doctor for now!

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?

I can’t think of a specific one right now! But I’ve had many great times at Johnny Hop. I think that some of the best times I’ve had have been when I’m not doing anything specific at all, just having a wine night with my two best friends/roommates.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
I love leaving campus to go out to eat dinner. Favorite areas thus far include Hampden– I love Golden West Cafe and Fell’s Point– Mezze is so good… There’s more to Bmore than the Inner Harbor! I also really like to go to the movies– the Senator and the Charles are my favorite!

 

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Quan, sophomore from Wilmington, DE, majoring in Applied Math & Statistics and Public Health Studies.

Why Hopkins?
I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for the people I’ve met during my time at Hopkins. I can’t stress how important it has been for me to surround myself with bright, hard-working, fun, passionate friends/classmates/faculty/mentors that help me “figure it out,” so to speak.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to find some sort of career that combines data and design, and perhaps in a health-related field. As a long-term visual learner and math fanatic, I’d like to find the intersection of both, maybe doing some sort of work with data visualization or something similar. I’ve toyed around with the idea of getting involved with a start-up or working at an analytics firm or going into academia and doing research — everything’s still kind of up in the air for me.

I’ve somehow managed to fit all of my classes into 7 semesters, so I’m planning on graduating a semester early and attempting to use the second part of my senior year in a productive way. Maybe I’d work or have an internship, or maybe even take classes at MICA?

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?
Not technically a Hopkins memory, but this past spring break, a huge group of my friends and fraternity brothers spent the week in Iceland, exploring the hands-down most beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen. Iceland is a fascinating country — with history, nature, and culture (and fermented shark). Although it wasn’t something that happened here in Baltimore, it was an experience that would not have been possible without having met them, some of my closest friends, at Hopkins.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
I like to change it up — explore the neighborhoods, find little coffeeshops and try out restaurants. Something I’ve been meaning to do is to try and visit all of the amazing mural art that Baltimore has to offer. The Baltimore Mural Program created a map of all of the murals in Baltimore and there’s something like 150 different murals all over the city!

 

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Octavia, freshman from Coopersburg, PA, majoring in Film & Media Studies.

Why Hopkins?
BECAUSE Hopkins had everything I wanted in a school- a close knit community with a small student body size (but not small enough to make me go crazy) and a program with many opportunities for a film major.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Princess of Genovia.

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?
SOHOP, it convinced me to come to Hopkins and I committed at SOHOP 2015.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
Find new fun places to eat!!

 

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John (I call him Sweeney; John feels weird to type), junior from Media, PA, majoring in Political Science and Writing Seminars.

Why Hopkins?
Hopkins has great programs for all of the areas of study I was interested in, and I knew I’d have the opportunity to take small classes. I wanted to challenge myself to work harder than I ever have– something I can definitely say I’ve done.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a political speechwriter or press secretary as well as a poet. I definitely want to teach at some capacity too.

What’s your favorite Hopkins memory?

One of the things that definitely sticks out is going to see Gloria Steinem speak on campus for the Foreign Affairs Symposium last year. Such an amazing chance to see someone who has inspired so many.

Best thing to do in Baltimore?
Grab a can of spray paint, head over to Graffiti Alley, and get creative!