My name is Miranda, and I’m from Culver City, CA, which is part of Los Angeles County. As of Spring 2011, I'm officially majoring in Political Science (although that decision was a long time coming) and minoring in Africana Studies (a newer development that I wasn't expecting but I'm happy about). I like reading cheesy novels, running through sprinklers, and making/eating delicious food. When I grow up/graduate I want to 1) Be happy; 2) Be a teacher; and 3) Help reform and improve our education system.
I love the fact that Hopkins doesn’t have a core curriculum – I knew I wanted to take classes in different areas (so I’m fine with distribution requirements), but I wanted to choose the classes myself. I also love the community here – I’ve met so many great people and have a wonderful circle of friends. Lastly, not to sound shallow, but Homewood is a beautiful campus!
You can also read more about why I chose Hopkins here
AP Chemistry (General Chemistry I/II and Lab I/II)
AP Statistics (Statistical Analysis I, waived Spring 2013)
AP Macroeconomics (Macroeconomics)
AP Calculus AB (Calculus I)Fall 2009
Contemporary International Politics
High Intermediate French I
Expository Writing: Education and the American DreamSpring 2010
Elements of Microeconomics
High Intermediate French II
Human Rights and Anthropology
Guided Tour of the PlanetsSummer 2010
Applied Forensic PsychologyFall 2010
Advanced Writing and Speaking in French I
American Constitutional Law
Introduction to Urban Policy
Urban Policy Internship Intersession 2011
Science of BakingSpring 2011
Advanced Writing and Speaking in French II
Courts, Politics, and Public Policy
Education Politics in Urban America
Law and PsychologyFall 2011
La France Contemporaine I
Introduction to History of Africa Since 1880
Urban Politics and Policy
The Constitution and the Criminal Justice SystemIntersession 2012
Mind the GapSpring 2012
La France Contemporaine II
Spanish Elements I
Social Organization and Social Control in Schools
Images and Reality: Native Americans in History
Advanced Seminar in Constitutional Law: Comparative Constitutional Law Fall 2012
Spanish Elements II
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Comparative Political Philosophy
Independent Study (Senior Thesis)Spring 2013
Statistical Analysis I
Men and Women in Society
Lectures in Public Health and Wellbeing in Baltimore
Senior Thesis: Political Science
----------My ActivitiesMock Trial
- I wasn't actually sure if I wanted to do Mock Trial in college, but I'm so glad I decided to go to that first information session. I started out as a confused freshman, and for the past two years, I've served as Vice President. This year, I'm the Curriculum Chair and captaining one of the development teams, which I'm really excited for. I love practically everything about Mock Trial - tackling a new case, trying to figure out how to work in new evidence, travelling to other schools for tournaments, and most importantly, the wonderful circle of friends I've made through it. Mock Trial's been one of the biggest parts of my life at school, and I'm sosososo glad that I'm part of it.Tutorial Project
- For Tutorial, we work one-on-one with a Baltimore City elementary/middle school student. Freshman year, I tutored a fourth grade girl - the two of us worked really well together, and I could see major improvements in her work throughout the year. Last year, I had a wonderful, sweet, friendly second grade girl, who unfortunately had to leave the program partway through the year. Now, I'm working with a second grade boy who teaches me how to be a spy and how not to lose at basketball (and I work with him on math and reading and writing too). We also get playtime, which is a great break from being a college student! Admissions!
- I do a lot of work with Admissions - I'm part of SAAB (the wonderful group that brings you Hopkins Interactive!), Blue Key (we give tours - check out when you can go on a tour here
), and Admissions Representatives (the people who conduct on-campus interviews). I also have a job in Mason Hall working for Admissions_Laurin (along with my awesome coworkers/SAABuddies). I like working with prospective students, and giving them a chance to see all that Hopkins can offer.Summer Jobs at Hopkins
I've spent the last three summers here on campus, and I've found jobs through Hopkins all three years. For my first two years, I was working for the JHU Pre-College program as a Resident Advisor, as well as working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Working in Admissions has shown me the other side of what often appears to be a very mysterious process, and has let me connect with a lot of prospective and incoming students. I loved practically everything about Pre-College--it's like working at a summer camp for almost-college-students. During both years, the staff really connected, and helped create an amazing summer. This summer, I have an internship through the Center for Social Concern's Community Impact Internship Program, working at a start-up education non-profit in Baltimore. It's taught me a lot about the non-profit world, as well as other skills like grant writing and promotion. Staying in Baltimore for the summer has also had other benefits--I've had much more time to explore the city, and take advantage of all the events that occur over the summer here!
Last year as a freshman, I lived in AMR I in Sylvester House (you can check out my cribs blog here
. AMR I is the oldest dorm on campus, hall-style, non-air conditioned, and multiple people visiting me have told me it reminds them of Hogwarts. I loved living there - it was a great way to meet people, and many of my closest friends are from Sylvester. Last year I lived in McCoy
, on 4 East, as part of Group Housing (which basically means I was living with some of my best friends). Although McCoy isn't a lot of people's first choice, I really liked living in McCoy
, and had a great experience there. As a junior, I lived off campus with one of my best friends in a wonderful apartment with a great kitchen
and view. Initially, I thought I'd want to stay on campus for all four years, but I'm really glad I made the switch to off campus for part of my time as an undergraduate. This past year showed me that I could live in a "grown up apartment" and go grocery shopping and remember to pay rent, all in the controlled setting of still being at school! This year brings another change: being an RA in Charles Commons (my move-in in August marked my eighth move since moving in to AMR I freshman year!). During junior year, I realized how much I missed Pre-College and residential life, and I'm really excited for this experience.
Read my blog, Miranda Writes
to learn more about my life at Hopkins (and probably find some more awkward puns).
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