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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I participated in engineering programs throughout middle school and high school, and I decided then that I would go for engineering. It's become a part of me, even though I don't have much natural aptitude for the calculation side of things. I have excellent spatial perception, so if I can picture it, I'm fine, and it's something that I enjoy doing. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the competition at the end of the Freshmen Experiences lab. It was a great opportunity to apply what we had learned, and to have fun doing it. All those programs that I participated in as a child were not in vain! Now the workload is getting pretty heavy, and I regret that I didn't come in with more credits, but I am still learning how to manage my time properly and find a balance between my best work and my fastest work.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you are awake in the dorm past midnight you will see a couple of students drunkenly trying to find their rooms, but there is definitely no pressure to drink if you're not interested and you stay away from places where alcohol is being consumed.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Here, there is a phenomenon called Hopkins goggles which is an effect caused by being constantly surrounded by unattractive people so much so that they become attractive in your eyes, and thus you forget what attractive really means. On the brighter side, I know a few couples that met here and are in happy relationships. In fact, what I like about the student body is how we are all so similar and like-minded, yet diverse because we come from so many various backgrounds. So basically if you have reflected yourself well in your application, and you get accepted here, you will fit in pretty well.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is a movie theater called the Rotunda, a bowling alley somewhere around, but the main attraction is the harbor. Also the football stadium is pretty close, so it's fun to go watch the Ravens once and a while. If you really search for it, there's always something to do. Towson and Loyola are nearby too, so some students visit those colleges for fun.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love FFC the freshman dining hall which is all-you-can-eat. They have hard-serve ice cream and soft serve yogurt, and are open from 7am-8pm for breakfast to dinner, and then again at 9:00 for late night. Except they don't have late night on fridays and weekends. The food is gourmet style, some freshmen get tired of it though because the menu sometimes gets a little repetitive. Sophomores usually go to Levering for lunch, which is the best because it has a soup and sandwich bar, a pizza bar, fast food, and asian bar. A meal at levering will average you about $7-$10. You could eat there for weeks and not get tired of it. Sophomores also go to Nolans which does not have much variety, but the food is really good. There is also CharMar which recently got a new bakery that serves gelato and pizza…so yum, much wow… I get hungry just thinking about it. They also sell club sandwiches and health/beauty items. It's gotten a lot more healthy with the new vendors, so you can find a lot of gluten free stuff in there, as well as fresh fruit, canned, and frozen products. (If you're a freshmen or sophomore your best bet is to grab some fresh fruit from the FFC) It's pretty expensive though; you can blow off $25 there without a problem.

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit here is practically non-existant. Our biggest sport is lacrosse, and I personally have yet to attend a game. I think our hearts are in the right place, but when it comes down to it, academics are more important. The athletic center is nice though; you can take classes, there is an indoor track and rock wall, wall tennis, a ballet studio, swimming pools, weight room and exercise room. There are a lot of intramural and club sports, but intramurals seem to be considerably more time consuming.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: As far as alcohol use, it depends on your RA. Most of them are pretty lenient, and will only write you up if they get complaints, or happen to find you using it. Johns Hopkins is very strict about the honor code; if violated, you could face dismissal. Instructors don't care whether you missed class or not, some kids learn better from spending that class time reading the textbook. If your grades are good without going to class then it's fine. But in general going to class is the best idea; that's part of what you're paying for, and unless you have a friend in that class telling you what's going on, like with midterms and stuff, you kind of miss some important things. If you are taking writing/discussion based courses, and for large classes like intro physics, chemistry and biology, attendance is part of your grade, and you're only hurting yourself if you don't go.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have a Subway, Potbelly's, Chipotle (which students really wear out), Starbucks, Cold Stone, Quiznos, Eddie's Market, Ajumma (Korean cuisine), Ledo's Pizza, Tambers, Maxi's, 7Eleven, One World Cafe, and a couple of others that are close to campus. There is a Giant Foods, Duncan Donuts and McDonalds if you want to take a 15 minute walk.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are several transportation options. We have the BlueJay shuttle which runs from 5 pm to 12 am and is convenient for shopping trips. There is also the JHMI which runs between Homewood, Peabody, and the Medical Campus. You could also take the regular Maryland transportation or the Charm City Circulator to get to other places around Baltimore. To get home, you can take the Bolt Bus which (I believe) runs along the East Coast, and Penn Station and BWI Airport are reachable by bus. As far as getting to and from classes, walking across the campus from end to end only takes 10 minutes at a normal/brisk pace. A bike is helpful and some people use one.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, however as far as proximity, there are many off campus apartments that are less than a 10 minute walk away. There are also town houses in nearby neighborhoods.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus! I especially loved my freshmen dorm AMR 1 which was very social, and less than a 5 min walk from my early classes. The AMR 1 and AMR II are social, whereas the Buildings (now called AMR III) are…not so much, at least in my class. (I feel like the Class of 2017 is a bit more social in the Buildings). I lived in a corner room in AMR 1 which provided more than enough space for my roommate and I, but the rooms in the Buildings are even bigger, and have a bathroom in each suite (AMR 1 and 2 are communal). The last freshman dorm, Wolman, is across the street, and it is much farther from everything, especially the freshman dining hall, but it is the newest one and tends to have nicer amenities such as an exercise room, game room, study rooms and a state of the art kitchen. Well, there are actually two more housing options for freshmen: Hopkins Inn which is the farthest from everything, but has a real family feel, and McCoy which is mostly sophomores but the first and second floors are reserved for extra freshmen.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally I feel extremely safe walking around on campus, and going across N Charles St. to get to and from my dorm. Some students feel safer in groups, and generally it's a better idea because there have been a couple of robberies around campus. However, measures are being taken to increase security, and currently there is construction going on on N Charles St so it is not as lighted as it used to be. If you ever feel unsafe when walking to your dorm at night you can always call security to send you an escort. HellWell, the student wellness center is not all that great with diagnosis. Besides my opinion, there are those of several other students whom I have talked with who say that they were only given proper treatment after visiting the emergency center, which is nearby. Security can also drive you to the health center or emergency center if you feel to sick to walk.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are usually plenty of computers available at the library and the computing center, and there are also a limited amount of laptops available for use in the labs, but you are expected to have your own laptop, and the reason why there is so much availability is because most people do. Recently, the wireless network has been going in and out a lot, but switching over to the guest network usually works. Printing can add up quickly if you are printing a lot of pages; it's handy to have your own printer (or at least one that you and your roommate share) especially if you are taking a class that requires reports.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: they got my back though

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are awful, they don't groom themselves

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not impressed at all, other schools are better

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Too many extremists, pro-life and pro-choice

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Elmo's are self-entitled pricks, no one likes them

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm economics. You need to network on your own.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Sometimes unexperienced TAs are teaching core courses and CANT speak ENGLISH

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are rare, hot girls are even rarer...

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The d3 teams need more funding, too much focus on lax

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Kinda cold in the winter

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The athletic center needs to be REVAMPED

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Good stuff, busses are somewhat sketchy though

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Students who love Hopkins and students who hate it both recognize that JHU isn’t the school for everyone. Many students believe that classes at JHU are just as hard as Ivy League schools, but they complain that Hopkins professors grade much harder. Many students wish that Hopkins offered grade inflation, as other top schools do, since even people who work hard sometimes end up with low grades. This influences some students to put studying above any social activity, in the hopes of being one of the few people in a class to receive an “A.” Hopkins offers a variety of social programming, but no one forces students to participate, and there’s no one holding your hand and leading you to fun activities. Even though students complain, most say that they’ve enjoyed being challenged by their experiences at Hopkins.

Hopkins presents a well-rounded experience for most students, but not every student takes advantage of the academic, social, and extracurricular opportunities. Some students wish that Hopkins encouraged students to get involved in all aspects of University life, but once you realize that it doesn’t, you can make your own choices about how you want to spend your time. The school’s academic reputation and its state-of-the-art facilities are strong points at Hopkins. Campus housing and food have been improved considerably in recent years with new constructions popping up.

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