Hi! My name is Jackie C, and I'm apparently the only SAAB 2016'er from the west coast!
Monterey is about 2 hours out of San Francisco, and Pacific Grove, the little town in which I have lived for the past 8 years, is about 10 minutes outside of Monterey. Previously, I lived in New York, and Korea, although I was born in Houston, Texas. The east coast is a completely different world from my best- I mean, west coast (hah!) roots, but it's been an amazing experience so far. For now, I'm pursuing my backup career of engineer by being a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major because my childhood career path of superhero/princess/dictator of the world didn't really work out. I'm also looking into a minor in music.
I've been having a busy, but exciting freshman year, and
I'm totally excited about going to Hopkins (and I think you should be too!) so feel free to ask me anything about my experience here, or any question in general!Why Hopkins?
For 12-year-old Jackie, JHU was just a vague being that ran a summer program I attended for four years called CTY. Nerd Camp, as I affectionately called it, was really the first place, I felt, where wanting to know more things and being interested in learning was cool. For several years, I associated JHU with an intellectual place where being interested in things that were considered weird or nerdy was cool.
This made JHU an obvious college choice for 17-year-old Jackie who was applying for colleges, and attending SOHOP in April after I was accepted only cemented that idea. I'm not going to say that I had the brilliant hallelujah moment during which I decided that Hopkins was the perfect place for me, because my SOHOP experience was rainy, cold, and strangely jet-lagged. Still, over the course of the couple of days I realized that Hopkins was just the right balance of intelligence, cool people, opportunities, and stupid jokes that I needed. Classes:
Physics I for Physical Science Majors
Physics I Lab
Organic Chemistry I
Music Theory and Fundamentals II
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Today
Physics II for Physical Science Majors
Introduction to Chemical and Biomolecular Process Analysis
Western Classical Music
Introduction to Fiction and Poetry
Thermodynamics (A specific ChemBE course)
Music Theory III: Song
Musical Theatre Through the Ages: From Aristophanes to Leonard Bernstein
This is the reason why you're reading this now! Us SAAB members (or, as I like to call them, the SAABabes) get to talk to you guys and basically act as liaisons between prospective students and families, and the university. I write blogs and talk about my experience at Hopkins, and we meet once a week to talk about the things we can do to basically show you guys why Hopkins is awesome. The Mental Notes:
The Mental Notes are JHU's premier (and only) comedy a capella group! In high school, I sang and was part of theatre, and I've found that the Mental Notes are a great way to incorporate a theatrical element to singing. We sing original parodies of songs, funny songs, and serious songs! We meet 3 times a week, 7 hours a week, to perfect these songs, as well as to bond, hang out, and just have a good time. I like to think we're kind of funny... and that we sing ok, too.Kappa Kappa Gamma:
My new sorority! After I discovered that most of my friends were going through the rush process, I chose to rush as well, and landed in a sorority full of people I love. I'm part of the philanthropy committee, and help to enact community service events on campus.
There are going to be people here who will try to skew your opinions with their biased words about how fabulous their dorms are because they have air conditioning or movie theatres. Instead, I'm going to offer my completely objective words about why the AMRs are the best freshman dorm to live in, using very logical and reasonable arguments.
1. The AMRs are the most social dorms.
I literally made my first friends at Hopkins by accidentally walking into the wrong hallway and running into other freshmen. At any point, there are people in the halls talking that you can join or ignore, depending on your mood.
2. They're close to everything!
You don't have to cross a street to run to class when you realize you woke up 5 minutes before class is supposed to start (although, hopefully that never happens to you...)
3. Who needs air conditioning, anyway?
Not us, that's who. I'm not bitter. Nope.
As a sophomore, I've been stuck with placed using the highly fair Hopkins Housing Lottery system into McCoy. I don't have a numbered, bullet-pointed list of why McCoy is the best dorm, because, frankly, I don't know if I believe it's the best dorm for sophomores.
But here goes nothing:
1. It's the cheapest dorm.
Seriously, McCoy is affordable, which is super, super important for those of you who have to take financial obligations into account.
2. It's super super close to campus!
I cringe at the idea of having to walk all the way back to Homewood after a long night at the library or a cold, snowy day.
3. I'm living with some of my best friends!
Because who needs a single room, anyway. Still not bitter. Nope.
Seriously, though, so far, I'm loving kickin it with Johnny Hopkins. Ask me anything about anything! I'm totally down to talk to you guys.
Oh, and before I forget: follow my freshman year by reading my posts on the Hopkins Interactive Freshie Blog here: http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/2016/author/jackiec/