Hi! I'm Grace A., and I'm from small town New Jersey, right next to Philadelphia. I'm a Writing Seminars and English double major who spends a lot of my time defending C level of the library and searching for Baltimore's best pizza. All I want in this life is to be able to do a backflip, which will never happen. However, I am
capable of answering all your questions about Hopkins, so please ask away!Why Hopkins?
I actually applied Early Decision--Hopkins was my dream school--and I've never regretted my decision. The writing program here is simply superb, and the opportunities to succeed are unparalleled. Hopkins is challenging, yes, but every difficulty I've faced in my two years here has left me stronger and more prepared. If you're prepared to do the work and truly want to learn, I can't think of any better place for you to spend the next four years.My ClassesFall 2014
Advanced Poetic Forms I
Readings in Fiction: The Stories and Letters of Anton Chekhov
Introduction to Literary Study
The Bible as Literature
Introduction to SociologySpring 2014
Advanced Poetic Forms II
Intermediate Fiction: Outdoor Stories
The Novelty of the Novel
Intermediate Spanish II
Intro to Modern PhilosophyFall 2013
Intro to Psychology
Intro to Fiction
Intro to Poetry
Intermediate Spanish I
Making America: Race, Radicalism, and ReformSpring 2013
Modern British Poetry
Greek Philosophy: Plato and His Predecessors
Intro to Comp Politics
Spanish Elements II
Fiction Poetry Writing IIIntersession 2013
The Fitzgeralds in BaltimoreFall 2012
Occidental Civilization: Europe and the Wider World
Religion and Violence in the US: 1851-2001
Intro to Fiction and Poetry I
Literature of the American South
Conversations with the EarthMy ExtracurricularsSAAB
: This is why I'm posting on the forums! SAAB allows me to channel my love of Hopkins into helping recruit prospective students and show them why our school is absolutely the best (seriously though). I love SAAB because not only does it allow me to participate in the admissions process, which I always found fascinating, but it lets me give back to Hopkins and is also a super-fun and creative way to spend my time and bring the best and brightest to our school! I always dreamed about being on SAAB reading the blogs and forums as a prospective student, and now here I am-weird!Writing Center Tutor
: The Writing Center is a free resource for students located in the Hutzler Reading Room in Gilman. Anyone can go there and get help with their papers, whether they need assistance with the planning stage or with what's almost their final draft. It's probably my favorite thing I get to do on campus.Admissions Representative
: Finally, I can do what I've always wanted to at Hopkins--conduct interviews for prospective students! I had a particularly positive experience with my own student interviewer when I went through the application process, and I hope I can provide that same mix of enthusiasm and fun.Dorm Life
This year, I live in an apartment building off campus with one of my best friends. I'm about a block and a half from the Beach, and right above some of the best food in Charles Village (read: I live directly above Chipotle). It's incredibly easy to find off campus housing, and now that I live off campus, I finally feel like a real person!
Last year, I lived in a triple in the Bradford Apartments. A lot of people don't know about Bradford, and I have no idea why; I think it's one of the best living options on campus. Bradford is a sophomore dorm, but it's set up fully apartment-style. I'll have a living room, a full kitchen, my own bedroom, and will be sharing a bathroom with one other friend. Wolman was great, but this is a huge
step up. Something that especially drew me to Bradford was that you don't have to get a meal plan if you live there. I didn't use my meal plan half as much as I thought I would last year, and I cook a lot in my apartment to save money, so this is perfect!
My freshman year, I lived in Wolman-shoutout to 5 East! Look, guys, don't listen to what anyone tells you: Wolman is the best. I know everyone says that about their dorms, but it's true. Wolman has air conditioning (and, let me tell you, it is HOT those first few weeks), privacy, common rooms, its own private gym and computer rooms, and is conveniently right next to CharMar, which means you can run out for yummy snacks and sandwiches whenever you want. A lot of people complain that Wolman is far from other things on campus, but really it's just across the street, and besides, I don't mind a little extra walking-it prevents you from gaining the freshman 15!Follow Me!
If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, feel free to ask me a question on the forums! I'm friendly, I promise. I also blog a lot, so you can check that out at http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/2016/author/grace/
Also, if you guys want live updates on what I'm doing at Hopkins, feel free to follow me on Twitter at @JHU_Grace!