Class of 2015
Read my blog: Class of 2015 Freshman Blog—Ruthie C.
Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA
Major: English, Sociology
Current residence: Wolman Hall
Campus involvement: Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellow, Vision Exchange, English Club
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I didn't actually visit Hopkins until after I had applied and gotten in, so when I was walking around for the first time at SOHOP in April, I was a little taken aback by how at ease I felt walking around Homewood, a feeling that I did not have while visiting other schools and making my final decision. There is an undeniable energy and sense of unity on campus that is truly unique to Hopkins.
Favorite class: American Literature after WWII. This class is definitely challenging in terms of the amount of reading (we finish a book every week to two weeks), but the professor, Christopher Nealon, is extremely engaging and the lectures are always interesting and entertaining.
Favorite place on the Homewood campus: The Hutzler Reading Room, or the Hut! Located in Gilman Hall, the Hut is the perfect place to study: it's quiet, and the stained glass windows let in a lot of natural light.
Favorite Johns Hopkins tradition: Convocation, which was delayed this year because Hurricane Irene came through on the same weekend it was scheduled, but I cannot wait to be officially welcomed in as a part of the Class of 2015!
What I want to do with my major: I would love to get a job as an editor in the publishing industry, but I am also considering law school.
Coolest (spring/summer/winter) break experience: The summer after my junior year of high school, I taught English to second and third graders in a small fishing village in Taiwan for a month. Seeing the huge education gap and learning to appreciate the opportunities that I've had, getting to know all of my kids, soaking in the culture and delicious food, and returning to a country that I know little about but to which I am inextricably tied—both of my parents are from Taiwan—definitely one of the most memorable summers I've ever had.
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