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A Blue Jay's View - an insider's guide to Johns Hopkins University written by current students. (2011)

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  • A Blue Jays ViewAn Insiders Guide to Johns Hopkins

  • Get the scoop from current students on all things Johns Hopkins.

    Visit hopkins-interactive.com.

  • Letter from the Editors.........................................................................4

    Freshman TransitionsPacking List............................................................................................6Housing Guide.......................................................................................7How to Move into College....................................................................8Orientation.............................................................................................9Dining Options....................................................................................10Roommate Advice...............................................................................12Bucket List............................................................................................13Mad Lib.................................................................................................14

    Academic ExplorationsOur Favorite Professors and Classes.................................................16New At Hopkins...................................................................................18Study Spots...........................................................................................20Beyond the Classroom........................................................................21Study Abroad........................................................................................22

    Charm City: Beyond CampusCharles Village.....................................................................................24Baltimore Neighborhoods..................................................................2510 !ings You Cannot Miss in Baltimore.........................................26Beyond Baltimore................................................................................27Transportation......................................................................................28

    Getting InvolvedStudent Groups....................................................................................30Todays Announcements.....................................................................34

    Senior Re"ections................................................................................35

    Looking Aheadyour guide to the following pages

  • 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 Insiders 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,

    from the Editors

    The Editors

  • Freshman Transitions

  • What to Pack:A list provided by JHU Housing and

    Dining Services

  • If you chose Option C, Buildings A & B are probably best for you:Buildings A and B are essentially identicalit 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

    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:Wolmans 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

  • How to Move Into College: Hopkins Style

  • Saturday:Freshman Book Read Discussion

    24/7 Programs: Hear from Hopkins students and faculty about service

    opportunities, #nding a campus job, staying healthy and more.

    Comedy Show

    Friday:Adviser Meetings and Open Houses: talk

    to students and faculty about academics Barbeque on Lower Quad

    Sexcapades: ask any upperclassmanBlue Jay Ball

    Wednesday & !ursday:1st RA meeting

    Meet and Greet at the Fresh Food CafePeer Ambassador Meetings: talk to upperclassmen about life at Hopkins

    Playfair: go all out in the gym

    Orientation 2011

    Sunday:Alcohol Programs

    Convocation: your o$cial induction into the Class of 2015

    Banner Walk: Watch the Class of 2015 banner be unveiled

    Monday: your "rst day of classes

  • campus dining hall with all you care to eat dining.

    Dining Options: !e Fresh Food Caf

    Meal Plans:

    14 meal swipes per week

    +250

    dining dollars

    UNLIMITEDmeal swipes

    +100

    dining dollars

    FFC Favorites:vegetarian station

    sandwich bar and salad barhot chocolate maker

    pizza and grill optionsmake-your-own sundaes

    paninisBelgian wa%es

    amazing cookies!bagels, donuts, and pastries

  • Caf Q in the library also o&ers

    sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and

    ice cream.

    Carmas Caf has locally

    roasted co&ee and great daily

    specials.

    Charles Street Market is a convenient place to get groceries and sandwiches

    right across from campus.

    Nolans is a relaxed dining space in Charles Commons with couches, pool

    tables, and a TV.

    Levering Food Plaza has four di&erent restaurants and o&ers everything from

    Italian food to deli sandwiches and salads.

    Other Dining Options

    Starbucks Co#ee 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 o&ers a wide variety of bagels and cream cheese, bagel

    sandwiches, soups, and mu$ns.

  • Dear Family,I survived my #rst week of the fall semester! On my #rst day, a'er a _______ trip to Baltimore, we #nally arrived to campus and moved all of my stu& into _______. Even though I was nervous on the #rst day, I felt better a'er meeting my awesome roommate. !e two of us eat together all the time at _______, and we walk together every morning to _______ to get co&ee. Im 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 Im really excited for!

    Last Wednesday was the #rst day of classes. So far _______ is de#nitely my favorite, but its a lot of work. Ive 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 roommates birthday! So far I absolutely love Hopkins and I know that Ill have a fantastic four years here. See you at !anksgiving!

    1. adjective: __________________________2. freshman dorm: _____________________3. campus eatery: ______________________4. caf: ______________________________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: ________________________

    MAD LIB

  • Academic Explorations

  • I knew I was going to register for Intro to

    Neuroscience with Professor Hendry as soon as I saw it

    would be o&ered in the fall. !is course gives students a taste of what it is like to be a neurosience major.

    Professor Hendry is one of the smartest people Ive 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 terri#c #lms and l