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Transfer Exchange / Admissions: Applying as a Transfer Student
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:29 am »
Transfer admissions decisions are released on a rolling basis, as Admissions_Daniel said, starting at the end of April. This means we have released some transfer decisions; however, all transfer decisions will be released by the end of May. Feel free to read this blog entry written by our own Admissions counselor Sarah about the transfer applicant review process for a bit more information. Basically, though, most people should not expect their transfer application decision until the end of May, and there's no reason to assume one way or the other until the end of May rolls around. Try to hang in there while waiting and best of luck!

Best Of... / Best of...Why Hopkins
« on: May 03, 2011, 09:21 am »
For me, it came down to a funny change in my imagination after visiting Hopkins. I've told this to prospective students in the past and, though it doesn't happen like this for everyone, I took it as an important sign: when I went home after visiting Hopkins, my abstract idea of college became Hopkins. When I thought about eating in a college dining hall, that imagined image became Fresh Food Cafe. When I thought about researching for a paper, that imagined image became our MSE Library. The fact that Hopkins stuck in my mind like that so strongly was definitely key for me.

In addition, I judged several things when I came to campus: Beauty of the campus, food in the dining hall, and dorm dynamics. It seems shallow, but think about it. You know Hopkins has strong academics and professors. Everyone does! But another important thing is student life: in other words, imagining yourself at that school on a day-to-day basis. Food and community were crucial to that. And a beautiful campus, I knew, would be able to remind me how lucky I was to come here, even if I was stressed or tired or having a rough week. They all came together at Hopkins, which is ultimately why I chose it - and why, four years later, I'm so glad I did.

Best Of... / Best of...Spring Fair!
« on: April 12, 2011, 09:12 am »
Quote from: "JHU_Mandy"
And since I'm 22 and allowed to say it -- beer garden is a fun part of spring fair (once you're 21, that is, so mostly juniors/seniors).  Different student organizations have booths selling different drinks (you pay them with tickets that you purchase from more official people) and the proceeds benefit their clubs.  Last year, I got to help in one of the booths which was really fun!  And just to add in the disclaimer, there is a lot of security (checking IDs and making sure everyone is behaving) and the beer garden is closed off from the rest of spring fair.  None of the other events sell/allow alcohol.

I'm also really looking forward to the corn dogs and lemonade sold on the Freshman Quad. Every year, I have to set aside a special budget just for them!

Best Of... / Best of... Things to Do in Baltimore for under $10
« on: March 03, 2011, 11:38 am »
One of my favorite things to do in Baltimore is actually something very unique to the Baltimore area: duckpin bowling! It's like regular bowling except the pins and balls are much smaller, and you get three shots per frame instead of two. My favorite place to go is probably Patterson Bowl down in Fells Point: it's $2.00 for shoe rental and only $4.00 a game. It's also BYOB/BYOF (food of course), so they don't "get you" with pricey menu items. Pretty good deal...and a lot of fun!

Best Of... / Best Of ... Places to Visit on the Weekend
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:36 pm »
Quote from: "JHU_Keith"
Angelo's has the largest slice of pizza in Baltimore and is pretty cheap, too.
And some of the best cannoli in the city. Not an official "best of" award or anything, but I'm sure the rest of Baltimore wouldn't disagree.

Best Of... / Best Of ... Places to Visit on the Weekend
« on: November 16, 2010, 02:03 am »
My favorite weekend hangout is definitely Pete's Grille. It's within walking distance from campus {just a few blocks east} and has the BEST food, the BEST deals... plus, it always makes me feel like a real Baltimore citizen, which is really nice. It isn't ever hard to recruit friends to walk over early in the morning on Saturday or Sunday for a great, filling breakfast!

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: May 13, 2010, 10:00 pm »
Something you would only notice during final exam period: the part that you drink from/the lip on the coffee cup lids at One World Cafe {the cafe right under my apartment building, across from the lacrosse field} is significantly wider than those at the Starbucks on St. Paul Street.  Who knew!

Meet the Alumni / Meet JHU_Lauren - Westmont, NJ
« on: April 12, 2010, 09:28 pm »
Quote from: "RachelWitkin24"

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:42 pm »
Today I learned that, every once in a while, the stars align and you get the day that you desperately need.  Last night, I was awake until about 4am doing homework {although I would have gotten to bed at a completely reasonable time if I hadn't been watching The Bachelor and eating cookies for a significant portion of the night}.  Anyway, I was exhausted this morning and the thought of having 4 solid hours of class overwhelmed me.  But luckily, I got out of my first class a half hour early.  I had enough time to hop over to Cafe Q to get coffee and unwind a bit before my next class... which I got out of after only 30 minutes because my professor wasn't feeling well {which is unfortunate and I apologize for being so happy about this}.  Instead of that class, some of my classmates and I went to lunch across the street from campus.  It was nice to be able to relax, socialize {instead of sitting in front of my computer like I did all of last night}, and think of something other than school!

Academics: The Insider Perspective / Favorite Places to Study
« on: February 15, 2010, 12:53 pm »
I think my favorite places are kind of unconventional, since I never really use the library at all!  They all work really well just the same though.

- One World Cafe.  I live in the apartment building right over One World so it's super convenient, but they also have great coffee and perfect seats both inside and outside.

- Chocolatea.  It's right around the corner from my apartment so I have convenience here too, but their soup and coffee are phenomenal.  The atmosphere is very cozy but also scholarly - kind of what I imagine a study/library in a professor's house might be like.

- Hop Stop {or "Levering Lounge," as it is now called}.  It's this huge room in Levering Hall that has been completely revamped, with new couches, chairs, etc.  It's so bright and refreshing - it's a great place to stop in between classes.

- My bed.  Nothing beats being comfy, warm, and in pajamas while you're studying or doing homework!

I haven't studied at the library once this year!  I really should, but I've really only been using it as a pit stop in between classes or meetings when I have some time to waste.  For that reason, I've only stuck to Q Level - it's convenient, there's coffee and, most importantly {since I'm carrying my laptop and books}, there are no stairs involved :P

This year has definitely been a lot different for me, in terms of how I study.  I used to be a strictly A Level person, but now I've only gone down to A Level for class {I have film production in the Large Audiovisual Room} and to rent movies from the library.  If I do work there at all, I have only gone to M or Q Level this year.  I think that might be me trying to compensate for not living on-campus anymore - I loooove my apartment, but it can sometimes feel like I'm far away from all the action on campus.  So I stay where I can get all caught up!

Meet the Alumni / Meet JHU_Lauren - Westmont, NJ
« on: November 09, 2009, 03:47 pm »
Archived Questions/Answers --
I have a quick question about the JHU Film Society. Is it open to everyone or are there certain requirements that you need to meet to be part of it?
Thanks for your question! The JHU Film Society is open to anybody at all that wants to come and join. All you have to do is enjoy watching and discussing movies! You'll get more information at the beginning of year {through the emailed JHU Today's Announcements and at the Student Activities Fair} about meeting times and places.  There are a lot of alternative ways to contribute too, aside from just coming to meetings - we always need help with:

- setting up for our weekly screenings in the fall
- publicizing all of our events with fliers, mural boards, Facebook events, etc.
- getting local businesses to advertise in our Film Fest program/Frame of Reference journal
- staffing our Film Fest in the spring {ushers, door people, ticket people, etc.}
- getting submissions/writing submissions for our film journal

So basically, once you get here all you have to do is get in contact with anyone on Film Society to join the email list and get all the info!

okay another question for you.

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: November 09, 2009, 02:48 pm »
Today, I learned that being ahead of your work FEELS INCREDIBLE.  I don't have any studying to do tonight, except for an assignment due Wednesday that I might start.  I doubt this will cure me of my procrastination habit, but it's definitely nice not to feel pressure to get stuff done at the last second.

Meet the Alumni / Meet JHU_Lauren
« on: September 17, 2009, 02:16 pm »
Hey all!  My name is Lauren and I am a senior from Westmont, NJ, a small suburb right outside of Philadelphia.  I am double-majoring in Writing Seminars and Film & Media Studies.


Why Hopkins?

I chose to come to Hopkins for three major reasons.  First, it's Johns Hopkins - its reputation and my preconceived idea about the school was so positive that I felt proud to be able to represent that.  I would be learning among some of the brightest students in the world, would be taught by professors who are among the best in their fields.  I would be attending a school that had produced an almost unbelievable amount successful, intelligent, well-rounded students.  It was an amazing opportunity that I just could not pass up.  Second, I was given the Bloomberg Scholarship along with a few other fantastic scholarships and grants that actually made my enrollment possible: without them, there is no way I could have ever even thought about coming here.  And third, as soon as I visited campus for the first time, I felt at home.  It is a beautiful campus and, at the same time, isn't uptight like many other schools that have been in existence for so long and have so much to boast about.  Every person I met when I came here for my visit was friendly and welcoming and, when they told me about their experiences and answered my questions, they made me feel like they sincerely wanted me to enroll.  It just felt comfortable - it was easy to imagine spending the next four years here.  So that's where I ended up!


My Classes

FALL 2007
Introduction to Fiction and Poetry I
History of Occidental Civilization: The Medieval World
Advanced Intermediate French I
Subatomic World
Introduction to Literary Study
{a blog entry about these classes can be found here}

Introduction to Fiction and Poetry II
Renaissance Keywords
Advanced Intermediate French II
Theatre & Film: An Insider's Perspective
Fluid Earth
{blog entries about these classes can be found here and here}

FALL 2008
Introduction to Fiction
The Structure of English
Conversation et Composition Francais
19th Century British Novel
Introduction to Greek Philosophy
{a blog entry about these classes can be found here}

Writing the Screenplay
Intermediate Fiction: Narrative Voice
The Sense of Loss: 1900-1927
Shakespeare's Rome
Dance Revolution: Rethinking Post-War American Art
{a blog entry about these classes can be found here}

FALL 2009
Introduction to the Study of Film I
Intermediate Fiction: Contemporary American Fiction
Introduction to Film Production
Monuments and Memory
Introduction to Poetry Workshop
{a blog entry about these classes can be found here}

Theorizing Popular Culture
Intermediate Film Production
Sketching the Scene: Image as a Narrative Tool
Introduction to Human Prehistory
Readings in Fiction: The Novella
{a blog entry about these classes can be found here}

FALL 2010
Dance for the Camera
Introduction to Bioethics
The Actor in Hollywood
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Introduction to Dramatic Writing: Plays
Italian Elements I


My Extracurriculars

I've held many positions in Alpha Phi {most of them PR/event-planning related}, but my true favorite part of my Greek experience so far is easily all of the fantastic girls I've met.  Let me just say: I LOVE MY SORORITY.  I love my Alpha Phi family, I love the girls in my pledge class, I love meetings, I love the events we sponsor, I love the community service we do.  I love it all, and I can't imagine life at Hopkins being as fun and as happy if my sisters weren't a part of it.

Being on SAAB makes it possible for me to be a part of Hopkins Interactive .. without it, I wouldn't be typing this for you right now!  Our goal is to make the college search/application/college selection process as clear and easy as possible for prospective students.  We want to make sure you know exactly what Hopkins is and can be for you so that you make the right decision!

I work a LOT with the Admissions office!  In addition to helping make Hopkins Interactive run as smoothly as possible, I am also an Admissions Representative, which means I have been trained to give on-campus interviews to prospective/applying students.  I love doing both of these things because they offer yet another way to show off the school and to give you more information so that you can be best equipped to decide where to go to college.

Film Society plans film programming year-round that is open to both the Hopkins and Baltimore communities.  In the fall, we host several film series {this year, our theme is "Dante's In-film-o," so we're taking audiences through the seven circles of hell by showing movies related to each of the seven deadly sins} and in the spring we coordinate our very own weekend-long Johns Hopkins Film Fest, which is recognized throughout the entire city.  As head of publicity/marketing for Film Society, my job is to maintain campus relations and ultimately make people want to come to our events - which can be difficult sometimes, so we get creative!

Johns Hopkins is great because of, among other things, the fantastic resources they provide to help you get the most out of your academic experiences. I'm a tutor at our Writing Center, which offers tutors to undergraduates and graduate students for help writing essays, reports, personal statements for applications/jobs, and more.  I'm really excited to translate what I have learned about writing into something to help others with what otherwise can seem like a pretty daunting task - and hey, being paid for it isn't too bad either.

{Freshman year, I also used to write for the JHU News-Letter's Calendar and Events section, which helps keep the student body updated on exciting concerts, plays, and other events happening around Baltimore.}


My Dorm Life

As a freshman, I lived in Wolman Hall. Sharing a kitchenette and a bathroom/shower with only three other girls -- and the luxury of having air conditioning -- made for a great year!  It was so convenient, and was a great way to start developing my "living on my own" independence skills.  As a sophomore, I lived in Charles Commons.  I had a single bedroom {the other bedroom in my suite was lived in by JHU_Jessica!} that was on the 10th floor and looked out over all of Baltimore towards the Inner Harbor.  It was so comfortable there once I had decorated and made it my own -- it was really nice to have a place to come back to at the end of the day that felt like a home.  It's also very nice to have air conditioning, a kitchen, and a bathroom all in the suite, and a workout room, study rooms, a common kitchen, a pingpong table, Nolan's {which serves dinner and is on our meal plans}, a mailroom, music rooms, a ballroom, and more, all in one building.

As an upperclassman, I live off campus in an apartment across from our lacrosse field. I love my apartment and my roommate...I couldn't ask for a better experience!

{Watch my Cribs videos to see what my rooms and suites looked like!}
- Freshman Year - Wolman Hall 504B
- Sophomore Year - Charles Commons 1016
- Junior Year - Off Campus, Apt 3E


Follow Me

- read my blog: http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/lauren.
- see my profile: http://apply.jhu.edu/studentlife/meet_laurenc.html.

Feel free to ask any and all questions you have!

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: March 10, 2009, 02:19 pm »
I learned that actually working on a paper earlier than a day before it's due is really helpful.  I have a History of Art paper due tomorrow but I already have half of it done after two good library sessions last week ... and I feel no stress at all!  It may be the first time I've ever done a paper in advance!

Quote from: "JHU_Tanmay"
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
If not studying in the library is Tanmay's secret to success, I feel a lot better about not liking the library myself. :lol:

{Because Tanmay is sort of Superman...}

A curious mystery I have never been able to figure out -- we agree that the library goes in levels of intensity.  M-level is really social, D-level is I'm-going-to-lock-myself-away-so-I-can-cram-for-this-final-without-any-interruptions.  So then why does B-level always make me feel like I have to be more intense than C-level?  Does anyone else experience this too??

I'm an A-level person!  As a freshman, I hateddddddd the library, and the only time I ever went there was either for coffee at Cafe Q or to watch a movie for my French class.  The screening room is on A-level, so that floor was the only one I ever really felt comfortable on during freshman year.  Now, even though I've sort of embraced the library {moreso than last year, anyway -- I can at least get work done there now!} and have tested each level to see which one fits me best, I'm still faithful to A.  It's a great balance -- I don't feel like I have to whisper when I want to talk to someone else, and yet there is still enough work getting done around me to motivate me to finish my own.  I'm a big fan of studying around noise and activity, so this level suits me really well.

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:11 pm »
I learned today that you should definitely take advantage of Stressbusters!  Stressbusters is an organization that sets massage chairs up over campus {this semester, they came on Tuesday afternoons to Hop Stop}, and all you have to do is put your name on a sign-up list to get a free, approximately 20 minute long massage.  I was always a little skeptical about getting a massage from a stranger in public -- and yes, it does sound sketchy when I phrase it like that -- but the woman who gives them was so nice, and it was great to take some time out from doing work just to relax and be pampered.  I feel rejuvenated now ... I really wish I had taken advantage of this before!  And I really wish 20 minutes didn't go by so quickly :P

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: November 10, 2008, 02:13 am »
Quote from: "JHU_Brian"
So the other day in Environment & Your Health, we had a guest lecturer from the Bloomberg School of Public Health speak about Foodborne Diseases. As you might imagine, the attack on peanut butter from earlier in this thread was continued.

I learned that the "action level" regulated for insect filth is >30 insect fragments per 100 grams of peanut butter. And for rodent filth, it's 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams.  :o
Ew.  If I had more will power than I do, I would never eat peanut butter again.  But it's just so yummyyyyy. :unsure:

Personally, this is why everyone should be a Writing Sems/English major.  No disgusting realizations about bugs and disease risks ... just pretty depressing discoveries about and interpretations of human nature, lol.

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: October 31, 2008, 02:34 pm »
I learned that, sometimes, even when you think you aren't keeping up in some of your classes, you're doing better than you thought .. I got an A- on a midterm and an A on a test today!  Needless to say, I'm in a great Halloween mood :D

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: September 26, 2008, 02:59 pm »
Quote from: "JHU_Brian"
Today (well, yesterday) at Hopkins I learned in my Environment and Your Health class that eating 1 tablespoon of peanut butter increases a person's chance of death from cancer in a year by a risk of 1 in 1,000,000 - the same risk associated with cancer from living with 20 miles of a nuclear power plant for 20 years.
I learned that I'm scared of peanut butter.

Meet The JHU Students / What I Learned At JHU Today
« on: September 25, 2008, 02:51 pm »
They say you learn something new every day.  But at Hopkins, we probably learn hundreds -- about our majors, about ourselves, about our friends, about the world, and about every little thing in between.

So, what did Hopkins teach you today?

Student Life: The Undergraduate Experience / Best Campus Events
« on: September 22, 2008, 02:21 pm »
On campus, we have lots of annual occasions to look forward to {Fall Fest, Spring Fair, MSE Symposium, etc.}.  We also have Orientation-related contests {like Dorm Wars}, random fundraisers, sporting events, festivals, fairs, and more.

What has been your favorite campus event in your years at Hopkins?
What exactly was at this event?  Who sponsored it?  Why was this one better than the rest?

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