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JHU Student Life

bellem13bellem13 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
edited May 2013 in Johns Hopkins University
I'm on the wait list for JHU Engineering so this may end up being irrelevant, but my college counsellor seems to think I'm going to get in and I'm trying to decide if I would accept were I to be offered a spot. I got in EA at Boston College and after I had a not-so-stellar RD season (mostly wait lists) I enrolled at BC. I was initially kind of apprehensive about BC but in the past week or so since I enrolled I've gotten really excited about it. When I got wait listed at Hopkins I really pushed for it (letter of interest, updated grade report, supplemental recommendations, etc) but now I'm not sure if I can follow up on my assertion that if admitted, I would attend.

My best friend got into Hopkins BME but ultimately chose UC Berkeley because she thought Berkeley had a better general engineering program and she wasn't positive that she wanted to do BME. She also said that she talked to a current student and asked about student life and he said that most people don't have a lot of free time because they have so much work, which doesn't bother me, but what did worry me was that apparently he said that when people do have free time, they "just stay in and watch Netflix and stuff like that". Can any current JHU students (especially any in engineering) comment on that? If that's the way it is, then I don't think JHU is the school for me. But if that was just that one student and most people do go out, then it could be.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
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Replies to: JHU Student Life

  • accioknightaccioknight Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    First - don't go to college with a stereotype already in mind. :) I never believe that any student body is unfailingly 'cutthroat'/antisocial/friendly/outgoing/arrogant. I'm a freshly admitted student and so I may not have the greatest perspective - but from what I have gathered about Hopkins, I feel that the school has a diverse and rich student body. Are you going to find people who have no free time at all and spend their time watching Netflix when they do? Sure - but you're gonna find them anywhere I think ;) I find most people at Hopkins to be incredibly productive in both academics and extracurricular achievements.

    Here are some threads that you can check out:
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/johns-hopkins-university/1486553-jhu-culture.html (this one is my thread, lol. I had your exact same concerns)

    Also, I talked with a couple of JHU seniors and here's what one of them told me about entertainment and student life:
    There are many things to do in JHU for fun. You can participate in Greek Life and join a Sorority. You can also explore D.C which is a train ride away. You can go downtown to Inner Harbor using the Charm City Bus, a free public transport. There is the occasional trip to Honey Pig, a popular Korean BBQ place. There is the DMC, which is a cool computer gaming area in Hopkins. You can go to Theatre and Peabody Orchestra events. You can go to Annapolis by zipcar and visit Chicks and Ruth's deli, which is famous for their 6lb milkshake and 3lb burgers. Every semester, there will be Spring Fair or Fall Fest. During these periods, JHU turns into a carnival. You can also go to Fell's point during Halloween and check out people's costumes. Ultimately, there is always something to do in JHU and we live by the motto, "Work Hard, Play Harder!".

    Also, a BME senior told me that she always had free time, and she used it to do other ECs like working as a Resident Advisor, etc. You can also check out the awesome Sydney Rooney on Hopkins Interactive - she's a BME & Applied Math and she has tons of activities outside her major.

    Plus, JHU sends all these email announcements to my JHU mail inbox - and from what I've read, they're never short of daily events. Everyday there are numerous seminars, beach festivals, nest fest, food trucks, etc etc. :D

    If you do get accepted, though, it's gonna be your own choice :D I'm just telling you what I know about Hopkins. CONGRATULATIONS on BC, btw!!!
  • AAustinAAustin Registered User Posts: 186 Junior Member
    Something tells me that the guy your friend talked to is antisocial. Don't let people like him ruin Hopkins' image. I go out at least once, if not more, a week so don't worry about that.
  • mnm619mnm619 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    There is plenty to do at Hopkins. There are always events going on on campus. The fraternities have parties. There are plays, and concerts. The university invites performers for different kinds of shows. There are talks from all different kinds of interesting high profile people. There are countless student groups to fit with almost any area of interest. The neighborhood has restaurants, bars, and the Baltimore Museum of Art (among other things). And Baltimore is a great city for college students... there are a lot of theaters, concert venues, movie theaters, etc., plus hole in the wall jazz clubs, independent coffee shop/bookstores, and other places that earn the city the name Charm City. Plus, there are other colleges in the area, so that adds some diversity to the social life.

    Obviously students ARE busy with school work, but they're also busy running student groups, getting involved in the city, etc. There's plenty to do, you just have to figure out how you want to get involved.

    There are a small number of students at Hopkins who imagine that since they didn't get out and explore all that there is to do, there must not be anything to do. Don't let them discourage you. Wherever you go to college, there will be some of those people... just decide that you're not going to be one of them and seek out whatever it is that interests you.
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