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Messages - JHU_Tanmay

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Meet the Alumni / Meet JHU_Tanmay
« on: July 24, 2010, 01:40 pm »
You're correct in that admissions to the BME program are limited and only very rarely are students who didn't come in as BME majors allowed to "transfer" into the program. That said, if you're interested in biomedical engineering, there are a lot of other options out there, the most common ones being the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major and the Materials Sciences major with a concentration in Biomaterials. See this page on the admissions site for more info. And regardless of what major you end up pursuing, if you're interested in doing research (something most Hopkins students will do), you can work in a lab in any department you want. Many non-BME majors work in labs in the BME department and vice-versa - I was a BME major but worked in a Material Sciences lab. Also, many BME and non-BME majors work in labs that are parts of departments in the Medical school - some of these labs are ones doing engineering work and others are just labs that students thought looked interesting.

Hope that helps!

Meet the Alumni / Meet JHU_Tanmay
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:58 am »
Hey! HERO teaches the American Heart Association's BLS CPR course as part of the semester long course that also includes the Red Cross Emergency Response course. While the CPR course requires a total of something like 8 hours, the HERTU course splits it into something like 3 three hour sessions followed by a test. The Red Cross equivalent of the American Heart Associations BLS CPR course is the "CPR for the Professional Rescuer" course - if you want to take this at home, you can do that and skip the first 2-3 weeks of the semester long course, but it's not usually offered too often (it's only required for health care workers and some life guards) so it might be easier to take it at Hopkins.

If you take and pass the Emergency Response course, you're eligible to take the practical "Challenge Test". The test is by no means easy but the students who do very well during the class, volunteer to run practice emergency "scenes" during class and take time to practice outside of class tend to do pretty well while those who don't make the effort to practice don't tend to do as well.

Hope that helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to reply or to email the person incharge of coordinating the class at ic DOT hertu AT gmail DOT com

Meet the Alumni / Meet JHU_Tanmay
« on: December 11, 2009, 02:01 pm »
My name is Tanmay and I graduated from Hopkins in 2009. I'm originally from Houston, TX and at Hopkins, I double majored in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. During my time at Hopkins, I was actively involved in HERO (the campus EMS Unit), JHUMUNC (the JHU Model UN Conference), the BME Society and a number of honor societies. I also was a member of the Student Admissions Advisory Board (which runs Hopkins Interactive) and interviewed prospective students as an Admissions Representative. After graduating from Hopkins, I started medical school at Duke in August. I really enjoyed my experience at Hopkins and I'd be more than willing to answer any questions anyone has!

I wrote a number of blogs enteries during my time at Hopkins - here they are:
Life as a Hopkins BME
Life as a Hopkins BME - The Sequel
Baltimore Marathon
Life as a Hopkins BME: Reflections on Junior Year

And my senior blog, with a number of posts from throughout senior year:

In my three and a half years here, I've only gone to the library to study.. wait for it.. once!. So I'd say the best level is the quad (Q) level since that's where I spend the most time waiting in line at Cafe Q for coffee in between classes

Housing / Roommate Experiences
« on: October 23, 2008, 02:08 am »
My freshman roommate and I were very, very different. He would typically go to bed around 9am and wake up at 5am each morning. I, on the other hand, would go to bed around 1am and wake up right before by 9am class. Still, even though we weren't friends, we still got along well and didn't have any problems. I would keep the lights down and only use my desk light after he went to bed and he did the same when he got up in the morning. If I wasn't working on HW or studying, I tended to hang out with other people on my floor anyway, so it wasn't a problem.  Very few people I know (actually, just 1) had actual conflicts with their roommates. You might end up making a best friend, but even if you don't, you'll hopefully still be able to get along.

Quote from: "hopkinshopeful08"
And, lastly, if one doesn't receive the fellowship, is it still possible to pursue an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor (through personal instead of school-supplied funding)?
You can always look for faculty whose research interests are similar to what you're interested in and contact them. You can also apply for the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards and get some funding ($3,000) to do research over the semester or summer

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Group Studying???
« on: February 20, 2008, 01:23 am »
I think it really depends on the person.. I personally always work with other people on homework, but tend to study for exams on my own and then review with others.

I remember when I came to visit Hopkins, I had heard all the rumors about people being competitive and cut-throat. I visited/stayed over the night before a huge Physics II test and on my host's floor, pretty much everyone was studying in the floor lounge. Some people were studying by themselves, others in small groups, but they were all there together so that if anyone had questions, they had someone to turn to and ask.

As a BME major, I think it's really hard, if not impossible, to do well on some homeworks without working with other people. I remember last year during Systems and Controls, we'd have probably 6-8 people working in my suite, talking on AIM to another group in another room and groups of people at the library and the HAC lab

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Johns Hopkins Faculty
« on: December 09, 2007, 01:49 pm »
No, its actually called "Mathematical Economics".. It's a really math intensive econ class that had 5 people this semester. I realy wanted to take Econometrics next semester but couldnt fit it into my schedule

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Pre-Medicine
« on: December 07, 2007, 08:35 pm »
Which field? You can choose any major in the School of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering and still be pre-med if you take the required classes listed above

Parents' Corner / How to Cope with Empty Nest Syndrome?
« on: December 05, 2007, 02:18 pm »
I had spend two summers away from home before coming to college, so it wasn't a big deal in terms of getting homesick. Still, it was different being away from home for three months at a time, especially when home is a couple thousand miles away. I still have a sister at home, but she's off to college next fall.

Once I got to Hopkins, I met a lot of people really fast. Within the first week of Orientation, there are a ton of activities to get to know people, so making new friends isnt hard. I got to know the people on my floor really well and I still live with and hang out with the same people today

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Favorite Classes (so far)
« on: November 27, 2007, 02:09 am »
Hmm... favorite classes so far would have to be:
* Physfound / Systems Bioengineering - really interesting class that's the core of the BME curriculum. Really like the material, don't like the way its graded though
* Mathematical Economics
* BME Design Team (see my first guest blog post
* Adv. Intermediate French - took it freshman year and was a lot of fun. We watched movies and the news on TV and then would discuss what we had just seen (all in French)

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Johns Hopkins Faculty
« on: November 26, 2007, 12:41 pm »
I'd have to add another professor, Dr. Ali Khan in Economics. He teaches a 300 level Mathematical Economics class which is probably the most intense class I've ever taken here. He does a really good job at teaching and cares more about making sure we learn than grading tests and homework. To quote him, "You people care too much about homework. You should approach your homework with contempt. Just do what you can and turn it in"

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Intersession
« on: November 06, 2007, 01:08 pm »
*sigh*... My intersession is going to be spent back in Baltimore studying for (and taking) the MCAT. I'll probably also be teaching the Red Cross Emergency Response class for  HERTU (Hopkins Emergency Response Teaching Unit), running shifts with HERU (Hopkins Emergency Response Unit, our on-campus EMS unit) and helping out with the EMT-B class offered for active HERU members.

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Teaching Assistants at Hopkins
« on: November 06, 2007, 12:47 pm »
According to the admissions website, the official percentage of classes taught by professors is 96%. I can think of a few times when classes are taught by grad students
* Foreign language classes where there's a professor who coordinates the course, but has graduate students lead each of the individual sections. This allows you to have a much smaller class (~20 students) where you can actually practice speaking instead of being in a huge lecture with a single professor.
* Writing classes - same as foreign language classes - the small class allows you share your writing and get critiques from a small group
* Dean's Fellowship courses - Grad students are allowed to come up with their own courses and the dean's select a handful each semester that are actually taught. Most of the time, these are in the grad student's area of research or interest
* Intersession classes - I think there's a lot more flexability with Intersession classes, especially some of the non-academic, more "fun"-type classes. I think any graduate student (or even an undergrad) is allowed to propose a class to teach during Intersession. (Intersession is an optional month of classes in January - tuition and housing are already included in your semester's tuition, so there's no extra cost and it's a chance to either take a 1 or 2 credit class in a completely random academic field or take some less academic, more fun classes like Ballroom Dancing, Wine Tasting, Jump Roping etc)

I remember when I applied, my parents were always asking about the percentage of classes taught by professors. So far at Hopkins, I've only had one class (a foreign language class my freshman year) taught by a grad student. But that said, I don't think having courses taught by TA's is a bad thing at all. Especially in the case of foreign language, they're fluent in the language, and they're a lot younger than professors, which, at least in my experience, has made the classes more casual and engaging. It's a lot easier to have a discussion about politics, life at Hopkins, whatever (in my broken French) with my TA who's just a couple years older than me.

Also, at Hopkins and most big universities, for most of the larger classes, you'll break down into smaller groups once a week (called sections or recitation sessions depending on what college you're at) where you go over the material, get questions answered, get extra help etc with a TA.

Student Life: The Undergraduate Experience / First Day At Hopkins
« on: November 05, 2007, 01:35 am »
Orientation is really a big blur to me know. I remember meeting a ton of people and going to a bunch of different events. I didn't really get to know my floor in my dorm until a few days/weeks in to the semester. I do remember the night before classes started. I was walking back from one of the Orientation events with a friend and saw a bunch of people playing frisbee on the freshman quad. I don't think I had ever met any of them before (they were all freshman) and they didn't really know each other either, but they invited us to play. I ended up playing Ultimate until probably 2 or 3 that morning, then had to get up for my first 9am class.

Just like in high school, the first day in most classes is procedural stuff - handing out the syllabus, collecting students names and email addresses, going over basic information etc. I do remember that my French TA actually started off the class in French.. almost everyone in the class was a freshman who had come in with AP credit, so it took all of us by surprise. But that turned out to be a really cool class. The TA was pretty young and very cool to talk to; we spent most of the semester watching movies and TV shows and discussing them in French (with occasional grammar work, of course). I don't really remember the first day of any of my other classes freshman year.

In terms of meeting people, I think a lot of people spend Orientation hanging out with random people who sometimes become good friends and who sometimes (in my case) you never meet again. I really got to be good friends with my freshman dorm (we still live and hang out together as juniors).

Anyways, hope that helps!

Ask Admissions / Intended Major in the Admissions process?
« on: October 10, 2007, 12:57 pm »
I'm not an admissions person either, but when you're admitted to Hopkins, you're admitted to the University, not to a particular major. So even if you apply as a Film Studies major (we don't have a theater or art major), you can switch to Bio or Writing or Engineering or whatever you want (except for BME, Biomedical Engineering, which is the only restricted program). From what I understand, what you put as your field of interest on your application matters only so much as the admissions officers will look for some interest in that field in the rest of your application (if I'm wrong, either Daniel or Mark can correct me on this). But in the end, you're admitted as a student to Hopkins, not to your major.

When you decide to come here and fll out your candidate reply form, you can write down absolutely anything you want as your prospetive major - it doesn't have to be what you wrote on your application, and it doesn't have to be what you actually major in. When I was applying to colleges, I remember reading something about how the average student changes their mind about their major 5+ times during college.

Also, if you're interested in bio/premed and theater, check out JHU_MichelleB's thread and blog - she's a neuroscience major, theater and music minor.

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Johns Hopkins Faculty
« on: July 24, 2007, 12:17 am »
Top three professors (in no particular order)

1. Dr Klein (Orgo I) - he's not teaching at Hopkins during the year (he's taking a sabbatical for a few years to write a textbook, but still teaching in the summers), but he made Orgo, which is normally an impossible class, manageable. Yeah, it was still tough, but the things he did to teach the material (and which he had refined through years of teaching) made the class interesting and comprehensible.

2. Dr. Stebe (Transport I) - Dr. Stebe's the chair of the ChemBE department and I had her for Transport I this spring. Her class was really interesting and engaging even though the material is kind of dense. The Navier-Stokes Equation isn't the most enthralling thing to learn about but the way Dr. Stebe taught, with her random examples and stories about her family, made Transport one of my favorite classes

3. Dr. Hendry (Functional Human Neuroanatomy) - I signed up for Dr. Hendry's class kind of randomly - it looked interesting, I needed a bio-type class, and my friend was TA'ing it - but I'm really glad I did. Dr. Hendry did an amazing job presenting a really cool subject. He managed to go through a lot of detail while still keeping the material understandable. Plus, his teaching style and the fact that he knew almost everyone in the class's name was really cool

Student Life: The Undergraduate Experience / Visit Hopkins
« on: July 09, 2007, 01:13 am »
I'll take the same approach as Stephanie:

Towards the end of my senior year, I had narrowed my college list down to three: Caltech, Hopkins, and a double major in Plan II (liberal arts honors) and BME at UT (Texas). I had actually gotten into UT and Caltech before Christmas and was fairly certain that I would go to one of those two. Before I got my decision from Hopkins, I went to visit Caltech over spring break. I took the tour, met with faculty members and talked to a bunch of random students. I really liked the atmosphere and the campus, but the fact that the school was extremely science/math oriented and that the Admissions office likens the school to "drinking from a firehose" kind of turned me away. At that point I was fairly certain I would go to UT - most of my friends were going there, it was nearly free and they had great programs in BME and Plan II.

When I got my acceptance from Hopkins via email, I kind of dismissed it - I really had no intention of going there. But since I was offered a scholarship, I decided to visit the campus for an overnight visit. Before visiting, all I thought I knew about Baltimore and Hopkins was that it wasn't a very safe place. My visit totally turned my view around. When I visited, I stayed with a current student in the dorms - I highly recommend this to anyone who can. There's really no way to get an accurate impression of student life from just taking the tour - you have to actually live it for a day to see what it's like.  My hosts were pretty busy since they had a physics test the next day, but they still took time to show me around, take me to dinner etc. Plus, I got to see what the academic atmosphere at Hopkins was really like. I had "heard" how it was cutthroat and how people would literally try to do well at the expense of others, but I saw nothing of the sort. Since there was a physics test the next day, when my hosts took me to the library and through the dorms, I saw tons of study groups working together in the hours before the exam.

So in summary, try to stay overnight if you can. If you can't, try to talk to random students during lunch or something - that's the best way to get a good impression of any campus. Hopkins is definitely not for everyone, and your visit should help you figure out if it's where you want to spend the next four years.

Life in Baltimore / What Makes Baltimore Great?
« on: April 24, 2007, 04:56 pm »
1. Ease of transporation - even if you don't have a car, as a student it's really easy to get to most places in Baltimore. Many other colleges as well as the Inner Harbor and Towson Mall are on the Collegetown shuttle route. The JHMI shuttle runs from Homewood to Peabody to Penn Station and to the Medical campus. Little Italy is just a short walk from either the Harbor or Peabody shuttle stops. Hopkins security has vans that run routes to local stores and another fleet of vans that will take you anywhere within one mile of campus.

2. The food - Baltimore has a huge variety of food. The city is famous for its crabs but there are also a ton of ethnic restaurants that are easily accessible to students. Little Italy is a short walk from the Harbor. There are Indian, Afghani, El Salvadorian and other restaurants in the Mt. Vernon area (the neighborhood where Peabody is located)

3. The neighborhoods - the city has a lot of small quirky little neighborhoods that each have a unique personality. It's fun to explore places like Hampden, Fells Point, Mt. Vernon, Federal Hill etc

Meet The JHU Students / Why I Chose To Attend Hopkins?
« on: April 15, 2007, 03:54 pm »
1. BME - I actually only applied to Hopkins because of the reputation of it's BME program and the opportunities that it gives undergraduates. I never really considered coming here until I learned about some of the things below

2. Scholarship - I was awarded the Hodson Trust scholarship which helped ease the financial burden but also made my choice a whole lot tougher

3. The campus - I visited during an Open House and absolutely loved the campus. It was urban enough that there would actually be things to do off campus, but at the same time, it was a closed campus, not directly in the middle of the city. I also really liked the size of the campus and of the student body - it was bigger than my high school (unlike some other schools) but smaller than some of the huge state schools.

4. The people - When I visited, I actually stayed overnight with one of Toni-Marie's friends. I had a really great time going around campus and visiting the Inner Harbor and really felt like I "clicked" with the student body at Hopkins. The people I met were definitely hard workers (I was here the night before a physics exam), but at the same time they still had fun and had a life. Also, the level of collaboration between students kind of surprised (and impressed) me due to all the myths I had heard about Hopkins - the dorms were full of people studying in groups for the next day's physics exam

5. Strong programs outside of the sciences - Even though I'm a BME major, I've always been interested in international politics and I wanted to go to a school where I wouldn't be limited to taking science classes. Since Hopkins doesn't have a core curriculum, I have the freedom to take whatever classes I want, and with great programs in IR and French (among other things), I've been able to take really cool classes in areas that have nothing to do with my major.

Ask Admissions / Re: Transferring Credits: Will mine be accepted?
« on: April 05, 2007, 12:54 pm »
I checked and there is no limit on AP credit. I came in with more than 30 credits and it wasn't a problem. The only limit I know is that you can't transfer more than 12 credits from another college/university.

I think Daniel meant to say excluding not including.

You register for your freshman year fall classes over the summer and then your course selections get reviewed by your adviser. However, if you email Academic Advising or Engineering Advising around registration time (June, I believe), they will definitely help you pick classes and figure out what works best for you. Plus, there are 26 of us (students) here who have gone through a huge range of courses and can probably answer a lot of your questions.

Housing / Television, Lamps, Cable, Fridges, etc.
« on: April 01, 2007, 10:12 am »
Comcast will setup cable TV in the your dorm room for (I believe) ~$40 a month. If you're splitting this with your roommate and suitemates, it's a decent deal

Bev basically covered everything about AP credits, but just a couple caveats. If you want to use foreign language AP credit and take more of that foreign language, you'll have to take a online placement test (see here) regardless of your score. Also, (doesn't apply to the OP but maybe to someone else?) if you want to major in physics, its recommended that you talk to a Physics professor and discuss what your AP physics class covered before you decide whether to use your AP Physics C credit or take special freshman physics classes for physics majors.

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Research Questions
« on: January 30, 2007, 03:27 am »
Basically, they're referring to clinical and research opportunities. The Pre-Professional Advising Office runs a "Medical Tutorial" program where you can shadow a doctor every so often for a semester for academic credit. You can also do research in any department on either the Medical campus or the Homewood campus. Public Health students also take classes their senior year at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

To find research opportunities, you have to take the initiative and search for them. Pull up the faculty listing for any department, read through the research descriptions and email some researchers whose work you find interesting. Some faculty will already have a lot of undergrads working for them, but there are a ton of faculty members that will take undergrads. (This applies for everyone looking for research, not just science/engineering/pre-med types)

Also, even though the BME program has restricted admissions, once you get to campus, the experience is not restricted or different from other people. Students from other departments can work in BME labs and vice verse (generally it's mostly engineerings in engineering labs, especially in some of the more math-heavy fields). BME's live with other students (the group I live with now includes a History major, an Econ major, a ChemBE major and a Neuro major), take classes with other students and in general, aren't separated from the rest of Hopkins.

Hope that helps


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