Hi! I'm Grace A., and I'm from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, which, contrary belief, is NOT right next to New York City (I'm actually about two hours away from the Big Apple, but only fifteen minutes from Philadelphia!). I'm a Writing Seminars major minoring in History, but I'm also a huge fan of fantasy movies, comedy, Italian food, and space. I'm really excited to be on SAAB, so if you have any Hopkins-related questions, please feel free to ask!Why Hopkins?
I actually applied Early Decision-Hopkins was my dream school! This was primarily because Hopkins has one of the best writing programs in the world, but also due to many other factors. I loved how hands-on the professors were-when I was a prospective student, I sat in on an Expository Writing class, and the professor not only made me understand the incredibly complex topic, but actually facilitated my participation to the point where I felt wholly comfortable raising my hand and contributing! I also loved the beautiful campus (I know it's superficial, but I'm a sucker for pretty architecture), welcoming student body, and flexible curriculum. Plus, it's the perfect size-medium-and distance away from home-about an hour and a half. I couldn't be happier with my decision!My ClassesFall 2013
Intro to Psychology
Intro to Fiction
Intro to Poetry
Intermediate Spanish I
Making America: Race, Radicalism, and ReformSpring 2013
Modern British Poetry
Greek Philosophy: Plato and His Predecessors
Intro to Comp Politics
Spanish Elements II
Fiction Poetry Writing IIIntersession 2013
The Fitzgeralds in BaltimoreFall 2012
Occidental Civilization: Europe and the Wider World
Religion and Violence in the US: 1851-2001
Intro to Fiction and Poetry I
Literature of the American South
Conversations with the EarthMy ExtracurricularsSAAB
: This is why I'm posting on the forums! SAAB allows me to channel my love of Hopkins into helping recruit prospective students and show them why our school is absolutely the best (seriously though). I love SAAB because not only does it allow me to participate in the admissions process, which I always found fascinating, but it lets me give back to Hopkins and is also a super-fun and creative way to spend my time and bring the best and brightest to our school! I always dreamed about being on SAAB reading the blogs and forums as a prospective student, and now here I am-weird!Writing Center Tutor
: This fall, I'll be training to work as a tutor in the JHU Writing Center, a job which I'll then be able to take on in the spring. The Writing Center is a free resource for students located in the Hutzler Reading Room in Gilman. Anyone can go there and get help with their papers, whether they need assistance with the planning stage or with what's almost their final draft. I can't wait to start, especially since I've heard we sometimes get Tambers during training!HOPS
: HOPS stands for Humanities Organization for Prospective Students. It's basically just like a campus tour, except especially tailored to students who are interested in the humanities. I know my campus tour didn't have as much of a humanities focus as I would've wanted, and HOPS seeks to change that. HOPS is actually new this year, so I think it'll be really cool to be a part of an organization that's just starting out and to help pioneer some of its work!JHU College Democrats
: I'm also a member of the JHU College Democrats, which is a political group that meets weekly to discuss current events issues. Clearly, as you can tell by the name of the group, we have a more liberal spin, but it really is a lot of fun (have you ever watched CSPAN? It's a lot more fun than CSPAN) and, since I'm a political junkie, I'm super glad I checked it out!Dorm Life
This year, I'm going to be living in a triple in the Bradford Apartments. A lot of people don't know about Bradford, and I have no idea why; I think it's one of the best living options on campus. Bradford is a sophomore dorm, but it's set up fully apartment-style. I'll have a living room, a full kitchen, my own bedroom, and will be sharing a bathroom with one other friend. Wolman was great, but this is a huge
step up. Something that especially drew me to Bradford was that you don't have to get a meal plan if you live there. I didn't use my meal plan half as much as I thought I would last year, and I plan to cook a lot in my apartment to save money, so this is perfect!
Last year I lived in Wolman-shoutout to 5 East! Look, guys, don't listen to what anyone tells you: Wolman is the best. I know everyone says that about their dorms, but it's true. Wolman has air conditioning (and, let me tell you, it is HOT those first few weeks), privacy, common rooms, its own private gym and computer rooms, and is conveniently right next to CharMar, which means you can run out for yummy snacks and sandwiches whenever you want. A lot of people complain that Wolman is far from other things on campus, but really it's just across the street, and besides, I don't mind a little extra walking-it prevents you from gaining the freshman 15!Follow Me!
If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, feel free to ask me a question on the forums! I'm friendly, I promise. I also blog a lot, so you can check that out at http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/2016/author/grace/
Also, if you guys want live updates on what I'm doing at Hopkins, feel free to follow me on Twitter at @JHU_Grace!
Let me know! And please remember-COME TO JHU!!!!