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Author Topic: Meet JHU_Tess - Ridgewood, NJ  (Read 6972 times)


  • Hopkins Student
Meet JHU_Tess - Ridgewood, NJ
« on: September 27, 2010, 09:30 pm »
Hi everyone! My name is Tess and I am a sophomore originally from Ridgewood, NJ. I am a declared history major, and so excited to be here at Hopkins!


Why Hopkins?

One of the main reasons I chose to come to Hopkins was because of the significant research opportunities available for undergraduate students. I was offered to be part of the Woodrow Wilson Research Fellows Program here at Hopkins, and that was an opportunity I could not pass up. Additionally, I was really excited to attend a university with such a well-regarded History department - there aren’t just pre-med and engineers here! It also helped Homewood is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen.


My Classes

I have had the opportunity to take some amazing classes here at JHU. Being able to study such a wide variety of subjects, and being taught by such amazing professors has been one of the most rewarding of my college experiences.

Senior Year
FALL 2013
Making America: Race, Radicalism and Reform
Senior Thesis
Introduction to Psychology
Basic Leadership
Principles of Marketing

Junior Year
FALL 2012
Study abroad in London

19th Century Bestsellers
20th Century China
Rise of Modern Japan
Intro to Sociology

Sophomore Year
FALL 2011
Introduction to the European Union
Oceans and Atmospheres
The Victorians
Ancient Egyptian Civilizations
Undergraduate Seminar in History

Freshman Year
19th Century British Novel
History of Occidental Civilizations: Europe and the Wider World
The American Presidency
Intermediate French II
Introduction to Sustainability

FALL 2010
The Archaeology of Early Greece
Introduction to the Study of Film I, from 1892-1941
The United States since 1929
Intermediate French I
Great Books at Hopkins


My Extracurriculars

SAAB is the group of students who bring you Hopkins Interactive! It is our job to share with prospective students about our lives here at Hopkins through our blogs, these forums, videos, open houses and all sorts of admissions-related activities. It’s such an exciting group to be part of, because I get to share about all the amazing things I get to do here with people like you! Because of SAAB's work, Johns Hopkins was recently named the number one college for social media use in the nation.

The Woodrow Wilson Research Fellows is a program that funds undergraduate research projects. Hopkins does a spectacular job encouraging student research in all fields, and the Wilson program is just one of many examples of this support. Being a Fellow means that I receive money to pursue research in any field I want, making possibilities for a topic endless! I am planning on using my funding to go to the 2012 London Olympics this summer to study the effects of the Games on British nationalism.

As I discussed in my blog, I decided to rush in the spring of last year and joined my amazing sorority, Alpha Phi. Being in Alpha Phi has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people, and has really added to my Hopkins experience. I'm really excited, because next semester I am going to be the Manager of New Member Education for our latest APhi editions.

One of my favorite things about this year has been joining the JHU Girl Scouts, and becoming a Troop Leader for a local Baltimore elementary school. I was a Girl Scout myself for nine years, and I have loved being a part of the program again. My troop of Brownies is beyond adorable, and I love being able to see them for meetings once a week.

This year I started working in the Hopkins Admissions Office for Admissions_Daniel. I work ten to eleven hours a week and absolutely love my job. I have the opportunity to design promotional material for Hopkins Interactive, work on our publication the Insider's Guide, and many other fun projects. Having an on-campus job has really forced me to stay on top of my schoolwork, which another great aspect of my job.

I have been very fortunate in terms of finding internships since coming to Hopkins. Last summer I worked in New York City for the fashion magazine, Teen Vogue. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and so much fun to go to the Conde Nast building everyday. I am actually back working at Teen Vogue for Intersession 2012. I have recently secured an internship for this upcoming summer at a publishing firm in London, which I am beyond excited about.


My Dorm Life

My freshman year I lived in Wolman Hall, obviously the best dorm on campus (I am a little bit biased). I lived in a suite, which means I lived in a double with my roommate, and we shared a kitchen and a bathroom with another double.As a sophomore I am living in one of the newest dorms on campus called Charles Commons. I live in a suite where I have my own room, and I share a kitchen, bathroom and little living area with one of my closest friends. Living in Commons is honestly like living in a hotel - it is beyond gorgeous.


Follow Me

Don’t forget to check out my blog Jay Talking!

And please please ask me any questions you have!
Class of 2014
History Major

Check out my blog here!
And find my forum here!

"If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."
- Mark Twain


  • Administrator
Re: Meet JHU_Tess - Ridgewood, NJ
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2011, 02:40 pm »
A series of questions and answers previously posted to JHU_Tess's thread accidentally were removed. Here they are now:

Posted by vmadison62 on June 24, 2011
Hello! A couple questions for you...

I'm involved with MUN and debate at my high school, and am pretty interested in keeping up
with these extracurriculars in college.
I was wondering if you could explain to me your involvement in MUN at Hopkins?

You've written a lot about the opportunities available to you,
how would you say your experience at Hopkins has compared with your friends
who may attend other universities? Does everyone go out and seek internships and jobs
and positions, or is that only a portion of the community? (Worded differently,
are all JHU students motivated and self-driven?)

I'm very interested in Hopkins, but need to gain more info before deciding
to apply early or regular!
Thanks so much,

Hi Tori -

Thanks so much for your questions!!

At Hopkins there are two branches of Model UN that you can be a part of. I was a part of the JHUMUNC, and we ran a conference in February for high school students. If you chose to be on the JHUMUNC staff, you help chair or direct a committee for the conference. The other is the actual Model UN team that competes in conferences including the National Model UN conference hosted by the JHU School of Advanced International Studies DC and the Harvard International Model UN conference.

Every incoming freshman attends a Student Activities Fair during Orientation where you learn more about all the student groups on campus - there are over 320 student run organizations! If continuing MUN is of interest to you, you can find their booths at the Student Activities Fair, sign up for their email list and start your involvement.

To address your question about my involvement at Hopkins compared to my friends’ involvement at other schools, I can’t say because I really only know what life is like here at Hopkins. However, I do know that I am the only one of my friends from home who has studied abroad, gotten funding for research and obtained a summer internship (all of which would not have been possible without Hopkins) just as a Freshman!

Your other question is a little bit easier to answer because it was the very self-motivation and interest in involvement of the JHU students that made me want to come to Hopkins. I just wrote a blog (which you can check out here: http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/2014/2011/05/your-typical-blue-jay/) about how I feel the uniting characteristic of all Hopkins students is their passion for their academics and activities. It really is such an incredible environment to be a part of.

One of the best ways to learn more about Hopkins is to actually visit the Homewood campus and experience it all for yourself! You can start planning your visit by going to the Admissions Office website (which you can find here: http://apply.jhu.edu/visit/visit.html?main) . If visiting is not an option for you, we have some amazing online resources for you to check out:

The Freshman Class of 2014 Blog: http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/2014/
The Hopkins Interactive Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hopkins-interactive/
JHU Twitter Accounts: http://www.hopkins-interactive.com/twitter/
The 2011 Insider’s Guide to Hopkins: http://www.hopkins-interactive.com/insiders-guide/
Hopkins Cribs: http://www.hopkins-interactive.com/cribs/

I hope this helps, and let me know if you have any more questions!!



  • Newbie
Re: Meet JHU_Tess - Ridgewood, NJ
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 05:15 am »
Hi Tess

I'd like to ask you about Wilson fellowship application.

Tess, when you applied did you just outline the aims of a possible project? Did you also detail out the design and procedure? Or did you just outline a general project idea? What else did you write in your research proposal?

Thanxx ^^


  • Hopkins Student
Re: Meet JHU_Tess - Ridgewood, NJ
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 03:44 pm »
Hi BlancheBunny103 -

Thanks for the question! I actually did not apply for the Wilson Fellowship - the committee that decides on Fellows were sent my file because I had discussed my research experiences and desire to continue undergraduate research in another part of my general application.

However, here is a link to this year's application: http://apply.jhu.edu/wilson/wilson_form_2011.html

As you can see, it says there that they only want you to provide an example project of what you would do with your funding. You are also encouraged to discuss previous research experiences.

I hope this helps!

Class of 2014
History Major

Check out my blog here!
And find my forum here!

"If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."
- Mark Twain


  • Newbie
Re: Meet JHU_Tess - Ridgewood, NJ
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2012, 01:18 pm »
Hi Tess!
I was just going through your profile and I live 2 towns away from Ridgewood! Anyways, I am currently in my senior year of hs and am applying early decision to JHU. Do recommend anything I can do to set myself apart from the other students applying here too!

Thank you!


  • Newbie
Re: Meet JHU_Tess - Ridgewood, NJ
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2014, 02:56 pm »
Hi Tess, I have two questions for you! I am a prospect student of 2017 and my questions are regarding the admissions process.

1. Does it help at all to have alumni write recommendation letters?
2. If my SAT's are low but my GPA is fair and extracurriculars are superb--do they automatically dismiss my application?