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Looking Ahead

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Letter from the Editors.........................................................................4 Freshman Transitions Packing List............................................................................................6 Housing Guide.......................................................................................7 How to Move into College....................................................................8 Orientation.............................................................................................9 Dining Options....................................................................................10 Roommate Advice...............................................................................12 Bucket List............................................................................................13 Mad Lib.................................................................................................14 Academic Explorations Our Favorite Professors and Classes.................................................16 New At Hopkins...................................................................................18 Study Spots...........................................................................................20 Beyond the Classroom........................................................................21 Study Abroad........................................................................................22 Charm City: Beyond Campus Charles Village.....................................................................................24 Baltimore Neighborhoods..................................................................25 10 Things You Cannot Miss in Baltimore.........................................26 Beyond Baltimore................................................................................27 Transportation......................................................................................28 Getting Involved Student Groups....................................................................................30 Today’s Announcements.....................................................................34 Senior Reflections................................................................................35


from the Editors Dear Admitted (and hopefully future) Hopkins Students: Congratulations on your acceptance to Johns Hopkins University! Believe it or not, all those applications were the easy part of the college process. Now all of you are ready for the hard part: picking the school that is right for you. Whether you have decided on Hopkins already (good choice!) or are still deliberating over a number of colleges vying for your enrollment, we are here to help make your decision a little easier. Through this guide to life at Hopkins, we hope to shed light on everything from academics to housing and dining to student life and life in Baltimore. This guide will provide you with important information, personal experiences, and facts about the school that could be perfect for you. The team behind this Insider’s Guide is comprised of current Hopkins freshmen through seniors who come from all different locales, a variety of backgrounds, and diverse academic perspectives. We have come together to lend our experiences and share with you a real account of what Hopkins is to each of us. This comprehensive guide is honest and candid and is just the type of thing we would have wanted to have to introduce us to Hopkins. We hope this guide will give you a better understanding of Johns Hopkins as a school and as a community. The Homewood campus is made up of fun, bright, and interesting people and we hope you will choose to become a part of it all. See you in the fall! Sincerely, The Editors


Freshman Transitions


What to Pack: A list provided by JHU Housing and Dining Services


If you chose Option A, the AMRs are probably best for you: “Living in the AMRs is your typical college experience. They are located a very short walk from the library, the freshman cafeteria, the athletic center, and many academic buildings. Most importantly, this typical college dorm hall living style gives a unique sense of community that every college student should get to experience.”

—Harrison J., ’13

If you chose Option B, Wolman is probably best for you: “Wolman’s proximity to St. Paul and Charles streets gives me the option to make late-night snack runs with ease, as well as other things. The kitchenettes in every suite are really convenient, too. Overall, I think I made the right choice because I appreciate how Wolman gives me privacy when I want it.”

—Daniel R., ’13

If you chose Option C, Buildings A & B are probably best for you: “Buildings A and B are essentially identical—it is suite-style living so you basically live in a suite with two bedrooms, a small entry way, and one bathroom. The rooms are much larger than the AMRs and the laundry facilities are in the basement versus having to walk outside in the AMRs. However, we pay the price in lack of common living spaces for the building as a whole.”

—Cate W., ’13


How to Move Into College: Hopkins Style


Orientation 2011 Wednesday & Thursday: 1st RA meeting Meet and Greet at the Fresh Food Cafe Peer Ambassador Meetings: talk to upperclassmen about life at Hopkins Playfair: go all out in the gym

Friday: Adviser Meetings and Open Houses: talk to students and faculty about academics Barbeque on Lower Quad Sexcapades: ask any upperclassman Blue Jay Ball

Saturday: Freshman Book Read Discussion 24/7 Programs: Hear from Hopkins students and faculty about service opportunities, finding a campus job, staying healthy and more. Comedy Show

Sunday: Alcohol Programs Convocation: your official induction into the Class of 2015 Banner Walk: Watch the Class of 2015 banner be unveiled

Monday: your first day of classes


Dining Options: The Fresh Food Café campus dining hall with “all you care to eat” dining.

Meal Plans: UNLIMITED meal swipes + 100 dining dollars

14 meal swipes per week + 250 dining dollars

FFC Favorites: vegetarian station sandwich bar and salad bar hot chocolate maker pizza and grill options make-your-own sundaes paninis Belgian waffles amazing cookies! bagels, donuts, and pastries


Other Dining Options Levering Food Plaza has four different restaurants and offers everything from Italian food to deli sandwiches and salads. Café Q in the library also offers sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and ice cream.

Carma’s Café has locally roasted coffee and great daily specials. Nolan’s is a relaxed dining space in Charles Commons with couches, pool tables, and a TV. Charles Street Market is a convenient place to get groceries and sandwiches right across from campus.

Starbucks Coffee has two locations within a few blocks of campus: one on St. Paul Street and one in the Barnes and Noble bookstore.

Einstein Bros. Bagels offers a wide variety of bagels and cream cheese, bagel sandwiches, soups, and muffins.


MAD LIB 1. adjective: __________________________ 2. freshman dorm: _____________________ 3. campus eatery: ______________________ 4. café: ______________________________ 5. Orientation event: ___________________ 6. service group: _______________________ 7. performing arts group: ________________ 8. other student group: __________________ 9. class: ______________________________ 10. place to study: _____________________ 11. place beyond Homewood:____________ 12. restaurant: ________________________

Dear Family, I survived my first week of the fall semester! On my first day, after a _______ trip to Baltimore, we finally arrived to campus and moved all of my stuff into _______. Even though I was nervous on the first day, I felt better after meeting my awesome roommate. The two of us eat together all the time at _______, and we walk together every morning to _______ to get coffee. I’m also spending a lot of time with some of the freshmen that I met at _______ during Orientation. A few days later at the student activities fair, I joined a few groups such as _______, _______, and _______, which I’m really excited for! Last Wednesday was the first day of classes. So far _______ is definitely my favorite, but it’s a lot of work. I’ve been spending time in _______ trying to get my reading done so that I can go to _______ this weekend and then go to _______ for dinner to celebrate my roommate’s birthday! So far I absolutely love Hopkins and I know that I’ll have a fantastic four years here. See you at Thanksgiving!


Academic Explorations


Our Favorite Classes and Professors: Art in the Age of Augustus was cross-listed with the Classics Department and the History of Art Department, and it really is a hybrid of two fields. My professor often discussed Roman history so that we could understand the significance behind certain works of art. We also had to examine works of art closely like we would in any history of art course. -Kate, 2010

I knew I was going to register for Intro to Neuroscience with Professor Hendry as soon as I saw it would be offered in the fall. This course gives students a taste of what it is like to be a neurosience major. Professor Hendry is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and no matter what the subject was he always kept the class interested. He is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies for neuroscience, so if you declare it as a major he becomes an important person to know. -Joe, 2013

My Intro to Film Study class was amazing. Professor Ward is extremely fun, so lectures were awesome despite being long. I got to watch and discuss some terrific films and lean a lot about the history of filmmaking. -Saznin, 2012


Hedy Alavi, who taught Intro to Environmental Engineering, is an amazing lecturer who managed to inspire every member of our class to feel passionately about the environmental issues that we discussed. He also displayed such kindness to us, from his “open door” office hours policy to giving us extra time to submit problem sets if we were having trouble. His use of design projects shows students how to apply the material learned in class. -Brian, 2012

I’ve always disliked science in general; however, The Subatomic World has made me appreciate all of the effort that has been made (and is continuing today) to learn about the smallest, most inricate workings of our world. -Lauren, 2011

I signed up for American Constitutional Law with professor Joel Grossman. I was pleasantly surprised to find that each lecture was woven with the most current cases before the Supreme Court, anecdotes about the justices, and other tidbits that made each discussion far more interesting than expected. Professor Grossman has been teaching for 45 years, and his passion shows through in his lectures. -Mandy, 2011


New at Hopkins


Gilman Hall:

(Pictured at left) Renovations on Gilman Hall, the most

iconic building on campus, were completed this summer. Gilman now includes a three-story glass atrium, the newly restored Hutzler Reading Room, many redesigned classrooms and offices, and an archaeological museum. The renovations have made Gilman a modern center for the humanities while still preserving its character.

Malone Hall:

(Outline of building site below) Malone Hall will house two

planned interdisciplinary research efforts in which the Whiting School of Engineering will have a leadership role: It will be the home of the Systems Institute and the Homewood base for Johns Hopkins’ emerging initiative in individualized health. Johns Hopkins alumnus John C. Malone provided the $30 million gift (the largest ever to the Whiting School) that made the building possible. Construction is to begin in 2012.

Brody Learning Commons:

Opening in July 2012, Brody Learning Commons will contain new technology labs, expanded study space, a new cafĂŠ, and student-curated art exhibits.


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Beyond the Classroom Summers at Hopkins:

Four Easy Steps to Find Research:

Life on campus over the summer is a lot of fun! During summer, a lot of students do internships in the D.C. area—it’s a really easy commute! It’s also a great time to take a class that may feel too overwhelming during the school year, since you can focus on just one subject. Besides, what could be more fun than spending your summer on campus with all of your friends?

1. Find a faculty member you are interested in working with at the Homewood Campus or the School of Medicine. 2. E-mail the professors and include your résumé. Wait for positive replies. 3. Set up a meeting to discuss what you might want to do at the lab. 4. Start researching!

Intersession: Intersession is a three week mini-term during January. Hopkins offers one and two credit pass/fail classes. Past classes have included The Science of Baking and The Stand-Up Comic in Society. For those over 21, there are evening wine and beer tasting courses. There are also courses offered abroad, in places such as Ecuador, Florence, Madrid, and Ghana!


How to

Study Abroad 1. Pick a country or city where you would like to study. 2. Visit the Study Abroad Office. Dr. Lori Citti will help you research programs in your chosen destination. 3. Make sure you can transfer your credits from your program of choice. Your adviser will need to approve the courses that you plan to take. 4. Once you’ve applied and have been accepted to your program, start planning. You’ll need a passport, a visa, and a plane ticket to get to your destination.


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Seven places to check out in your new neighborhood: Donna’s bistro offers a great mix of gourmet sandwiches and delicious entrées like butternut ravioli or poached salmon. Carma’s Café has a wonderful atmosphere with a nice, homey feel. Make sure to try their daily specials, pink dalmation cookies, and a honey cappuccino. Gertrude’s, located in the Baltimore Museum of Art, is the perfect place to go for a special occassion. Try Gertrude’s on Tuesdays for half-priced entrées. One World Café is the best place to get vegetarian or vegan food. Check out their Tuesday night half-priced quesadillas and burritos. The Homewood House and Museum is one of the nation’s best examples of Federal Period architecture and is a national historic landmark. Waverly Farmers Market is located about five blocks from campus every Saturday morning. Vendors sell a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and baked goods.

The Baltimore Museum of Art offers free admission and features a collection that rivals any major art museum. Be sure to visit the Sculpture Garden outside too!


Baltimore Neighborhoods

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10 Things You CANNOT Miss in Baltimore National Aquarium:

one of the best in the country!

Camden Yards:

see Baltimore’s MLB team, the Orioles, play

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American Visionary Art Museum:

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Fell’s Point on Halloween:

An unforgetable experience with crowds of people and crazy costumes.

Top of the World Observation Level and Museum:

It’s the best view of the city!


Beyond Baltimore

Experiences outside of Baltimore that Hopkins students love: Beaches in MD, NJ, and VA are all good getaways within a few hours of campus.

JHU Outdoor Pursuits takes trips all over the East Coast to go hiking, climbing, sailing, rafting, caving, and more!

Philadelphia is one of the many East Coast cities that can be reached by train or bus. Be sure to visit Independence Hall, Rittenhouse Square, Love Park, and the Museum of Art.

Washington, D.C. is just a 45-minute train ride from campus and can be reached with the MARC train for $7. Several museums and monuments are free to visit.

New York City is about three hours away. Many students opt to take the bus there since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit cheaper than the train. Definitely check out Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the many amazing shops and restaurants that this city has to offer.


Transportation

Around Charm City: The Collegetown Shuttle, free with student ID, runs to the Inner Harbor, Penn Station, and Towson Mall with several stops at local colleges along the way. Keep the number of at least two Taxi cab companies, such as Yellow Cab Co. and Baltimore Taxi Co., in your cell phone. The JHMI shuttle goes between Homewood, Peabody, the School of Public Health, and Hopkins Hospital every day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free with a J-Card and is a great way to get to the train station or to a research job. City buses run all over Baltimore, and a number of routes run near the Homewood Campus. Each trip is $1.60.

Beyond Baltimore: Amtrak trains go all over the East Coast from Baltimore Penn Station. Buying a Student Advantage Card allows students to purchase tickets at a discounted rate. To get to BWI Airport, you can take the Light Rail from Penn Station for $1.60. Before breaks, Residential Life sponsors a $20 shuttle, but be sure to buy your tickets early. You could also find upperclassmen with cars to drive you to BWI. Taxis to the airport are expensive but are useful if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a hurry. The MARC train goes from Penn Station to Washington, D.C., for $7, and it also runs to BWI rail station. Many Hopkins students spend summers working in D.C. and commute each day with the MARC train.


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The Freshmen Allysa Dittmar Clint Hall Kate Tschudi Lucie Fink Marina Gaeta Nick Ginsberg Noah Guiberson Sydney Rooney Tess Thomas Trisha Lala

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Becca Krishnan-Ayer Cate Watkins Greco Song Joe Nugent Miranda Baxendale Sarah Smith Tyler Dougherty

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2011 Insider's Guide to Johns Hopkins