Hey there! I'm Ian, a sophomore from Milan, Italy. For those who are curious, my parents are ex-pat Americans and I was born and raised in Europe (never lived in the US until now). I'm a Materials Science & Engineering major. I'm also considering a minor in entrepreneurship and management because I may go into the business of science, or a minor in computer science. I graduated from the International Baccalaureate program before coming to JHU.
I chose Hopkins because it one of the best schools in the world and also has features of both a large and a small school. It is a small school in the sense that you can get to know your professors (my organic chemistry teacher knows my name even though it's a lecture of about 300 students) and get personal attention, but a big school in the sense that there is so much going on and there are so many interesting people to meet. I also chose it because of the strength of the science programs here (a student can get involved in research in their freshman year) and the friendliness of the students in general.
Lastly, there is no core curriculum so I can take classes in areas I like outside of science. In fact, I'm loving my contemporary international politics class as much as (if not more than) my science classes.
More on how I wound up at JHU from Italy can be found here
--------------------------------My ClassesFall 2011:
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry Lab I
Anthropology of Media
Honors One-Variable Calculus
Leadership and Team Management (a class through ROTC even if I am not ROTC)Spring 2012:
Programming for Materials Scientists & Engineers
Multivariable Calculus (Calculus III)
Physics I: Mechanics
Physics I Laboratory
Introduction to Formal Logic
Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
Physics II Laboratory
Structure of Materials
Biological Materials I
Contemporary International Politics
Economics of Health
Differential EquationsSpring 2013:
Mechanical Properties of Materials
Electrical Properties of Materials
Intro to Programming in Java
Seminar: Careers in Biomedical SciencesFall 2013:
Materials Science Lab I
Molecules and Cells
Physical Chemistry of Materials: Thermodynamics
Data StructuresSpring 2014:
Materials Science Lab II
Independent Research for Credit
Physical Chemistry of Materials II: Kinetics/ Phase Transformations
: I received an emergency first responder certification from the Hopkins HERO organization, and decided to do some work with that certificate in an ambulance service outside of Baltimore. I really enjoy it.
-JHUMUNC: Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference [/url]
: I was the chair of the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) committee at the Hopkins Model UN conference that hosted 1,600 high school students. In my committee, we debated the questions of the economics of poverty and gender equality. This is one of my favorite organizations on campus! Now I have moved up to a leadership position (director of the Economic and Social Council) and am still enjoying every second of it.
-Research at the Medical School
: I'm conducting research down at Hopkins Medical School with a group of graduate students in the department of biomedical engineering innovation and design working on technology related to biofilm prevention on aortic dialysis and foley catheters as well.
-American Red Cross, Baltimore
: I'm a disaster responder for anything ranging from single family fires in Baltimore to National disasters. I work average of 1-2 shifts a week, but there is absolutely minimum or maximum time obligation for anyone involved.
-The Italian Club
: I'm also a member of the Italian club, a group of students who gets together weekly to converse exclusively in Italian about anything we find interesting. It has been a great way to meet people from other grades (there are even some post-docs in the club).
-Student Admissions Advisory Board
: I'm a member of this group of students who works alongside the admissions office to help answer questions for prospective students honestly and from a current student perspective. It's a lot of fun, and another great way to meet new people.
-Blue Key Society
: I am a tour guide at the Homewood Campus. If you want to make it to one of my tours, I give one every Friday at 2pm!
My freshman year I lived in AMR II-Adams, just down the hall from JHU_Erica. It was such a blast living there, everyone was very social and welcoming. My roommate was from Thailand and we got along really well. I loved it there!
This year, my sophomore year, I am living in McCoy with two of my closest friends. It is going to be a great year.