winston chirps picName: Winston Jin

Year: Sophomore

Major: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This is a hard question for me because I go through different phases. In middle school I had hoop dreams of playing in the NBA. In high school I was deciding between being a ceramicist and a professional rugby player. Since coming to college, I have discovered my passion for Biology and am considering a career in medicine.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

My biggest struggle right now is deciding which extracurricular activities I should pursue/drop. I have the tendency to put too much on my plate, and I often find myself being overwhelmed by my academic course load and extracurricular time commitments. That being said, I am passionate about all the activities that I do and it is really hard for me to “say goodbye” to any one of them. However, I understand that it’s much more meaningful to do a few things really well than to spread my attention over many activities.

What’s something that surprised you about Hopkins?

I was surprised about how welcoming and resourceful the academic culture at Hopkins is. There’s a stereotype about Hopkins for having a cutthroat environment. I find that to be completely untrue. There’s always help when you need it. I’d say students are very driven and diligent here, but no one goes out of his way to push others down.

What’s something you discovered lately?

I’ve recently discovered that elephants are incredibly smart animals.

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

I learned that my public health professor served as the Health Commissioner of Baltimore for thirteen years. His personal anecdotes from when he was on the job are really cool.

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?

Get out of campus and explore! Baltimore has a great music and food scene, and every neighbourhood has its own quirkiness and personality. So take time to figure out every nook and cranny and become a true local by finding the best brunch spot in Fed Hill or befriending the antique shop owner in Hampden.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

Since everyone here comes from a different background with unique passions and has such interesting stories to tell, I can always learn something new from my peers after every interaction. Some of the most profound learning experiences I’ve had had been outside of the classroom through engaging conversations with students and faculty at Hopkins. In particular, I remember having a discussion with my friend Connor where the conversation jumped from talking about the wonders of Traditional Eastern Medicine to the legends of the Apache Tribes in New Mexico. You just never know what you might learn from talking to a Hopkins student.

What’s something you wish you got involved with?

I really wished I kept playing the tuba and joined the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra or Hopkins Wind Ensemble. Not many people know this about me but I was a huge band geek in high school. There’s something about playing music in ensembles that I find engaging but relaxing. It was an escape for me.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Trivia Crack. I have a problem.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I came to Hopkins because I thought it was a right investment in my future. I could’ve played rugby at other schools but Hopkins offered the best education by far. Although I loved playing rugby and it was a big part of my high school identity, I realized playing that sport could only get me so far in terms of future career goals. In contrast, Hopkins really gives me the resources and opportunities to explore and foster my life-long passions.

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

I enjoyed working as a First Year Mentor during orientation.