Hi everyone! I'm Ruthie. I was born in Seattle, WA and have lived in Pasadena, CA and Salt Lake City, UT, but my current hometown is in Virginia. I went to Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, VA and did the IB Diploma Program with my Higher Levels in Fine Arts, History of the Americas, and English and my Standard Levels in Spanish, Physics, and Math. I also took a few English and literature courses my sophomore and junior years of high school at Virginia Commonwealth University. I love anything and everything related to the humanities, which is why I plan on majoring in English with a double major in either Spanish or Writing Seminars.
To be honest, I hadn't even visited Hopkins when I applied last fall, but now I can't picture myself anywhere else! I know it sounds cliche, but when I finally visited Homewood in April during SOHOP (which I highly recommend!), it just felt like the right fit. Everything from the size of the campus to how friendly all the upperclassmen were (even when I was just a pre-frosh) to the amazing humanities programs (which many people often overlook when considering Hopkins) made Hopkins stand out amongst the other schools that I was considering at the time. Also, my acceptance as a Wilson Fellow played a huge role in my decision to come here. The chance to do research in any subject or field with any faculty mentor and with virtually no limitations is seriously the opportunity of a lifetime!
-Intermediate Spanish I
-American Literature after WWII
-Political Sociology of Latin America
-Professional Communication for Business, Science, and Industry
-Intermediate Spanish II
-Intro to Latin American Studies II
-Poetics of Politics and Sex
-Intro to Social Statistics
-The Contemporary Novel
-Introduction to Literary Study
-Sociology of the Family
-Lights, Camera, Action: Independent Film
-Introduction to Sociology
-Ethnic American Literature
-Early American Literature
-British Literature I
-Research Tools and Technologies for the Social Sciences
-Corporate Communications and P.R.
Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship: As a Wilson Fellow, I get $10,000 to do my own research and collaborate with a faculty member as a mentor to develop my research project. The research project can be in any field of my choosing and is completed over the course of my four years here at Hopkins. We also have regular meetings and social outings in Baltimore, and at the end of each year, the Wilson seniors present their projects to members of the Hopkins community. I applied for the fellowship when I was filling out my general application for Hopkins, and was invited to join in my acceptance package, but current students can also apply during their freshman year, as well!
Alpha Phi Sorority: Since rushing in the spring of my freshman year, Alpha Phi has become one of my biggest extracurricular involvements. I love that there is such an opportunity to do so many things within our community of sisters -- mixers, date parties, philanthropy, as well as leadership and outreach. I am currently the VP of Recruitment, and work very closely with the rest of our Exec Board to ensure a great experience for potential and current members.
Student Admissions Advisory Board: SAAB is definitely one of my favorite activities on campus! Not only do I get to blog about my life as a freshman, I also get to speak to prospective students and answer their questions about the application process. I know that when I was a prospie not too long ago, I read all of the student and admissions blogs, and now I get to work with the very same people who helped me make my decision, through their blogs, profiles, and videos, to come here!
Johns Hopkins University Press: My sophomore year, I worked part time as a Manuscript Assistant at the Johns Hopkins University Press editing books for publication.
My Dorm Life:
Freshman year, I lived in Wolman Hall, on 6 West (the building is divided into East and West sides for each of the 7 floors), and I absolutely loved it! My suite consisted of two doubles, and my suitemates and I were really good living companions because we shared a lot of the same eating and sleeping habits. I loved the fact that we have AC and the kitchenette made it easy to make and eat food in the dorms instead of walking all the way to the FFC.
Sophomore year, I lived in Homewood Apartments in an efficiency. I lucked out by getting a really low number in the housing lottery and got first pick of all the dorm options. As much as I loved living in Wolman, I really wanted my own space. My efficiency came with a walk-in closet, my own bathroom, and a small kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator.
Junior year, I am living with one of my best friends (and Alpha Phi sister) in an off-campus apartment!
That's all for now! If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to ask here! To get a glimpse of my daily life at Hopkins, visit my blog at blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/ruthie