A Day in the Life: Johns Hopkins Student

A Day in the Life: Johns Hopkins Student

September 12, 2019 21 By Kody Olson


(jazz music) – Hi, my name is Cori Grainger. I’m a junior at Johns
Hopkins University studying Medicine, Science, Humanities and Spanish, but I also have a lot of
interest in Computer Science so I spend a lot of time in
that outside of the classroom. In addition, I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. And we are a service organization, so a lot of my time also goes there. (jazz music) – So I’m gonna walk you guys through my typical Wednesday. So on Wednesdays I have
class starting at 11 a.m. Tomorrow it so happens
that I have an exam, and then another exam,
and then a presentation, and another presentation. But, if I didn’t have
exams and presentations I would be going to class
pretty much back-to-back, and then this week is our Delta Week, so we have events every night. My event will be a dance class,
a multicultural dance class. (jazz music) – [Interviewer] So what
is academic culture like at Johns Hopkins? – I would say it’s pretty competitive. – Um hm. – So for example, taking an
intermediate programming class, we had this one really big project and I was stuck on one part, and I just wanted to see
somebody’s blueprint. And I asked one of my
classmates, I was like, “Hey, can I check out how you decided to go about this problem?” And she’s like, “That’s
against the Integrity Code!” And I’m like, “Okay,
nevermind,” but I don’t know. I would say overall
it’s pretty competitive, but there’s definitely a lot
of support all around campus, through resources offered
by the university, and then offered by smaller
organizations on campus, like the Office of Multicultural
Affairs or OMA for short. – So tell me about your major. – So I’m a Medicine,
Science and Humanities and Spanish double major. So Medicine, Science and
Humanities is all one major. – Okay. – And most people are usually like, “Wait, say it again” (laughs). – I was gonna–
– So for short, Yeah for short, we just call it MSH. Basically, it’s a pretty
interdisciplinary major, I’ve always wanted to become fluent in at least one language, and since I started off
with Spanish in high school, that’s what I continued with, so now I’m finishing out that major. – What are the course requirements for the Medicine,
Science, Humanities major? – So there are a few introductory courses just into the major, and so what the major really focuses on looking at medicine from
a historical perspective. Well not only medicine,
but also the innovation of new science and technologies as well. – [Interviewer] Okay. But there are a lot of
really interesting classes that kind of combine,. For example death in the future, or the history of some random
really mysterious diseases. – So what drew you to
Medicine, Science, Humanities? – I’m not really fond of Medicine, but it comes with the major. But I really like history,
and especially science. And specifically Computer Science, which is what I study on
my own here at Hopkins. And what my internship experiences and my future hopefully will hold. – [Interviewer] Yeah. (slow electronic music) – So legend has it that if you step on it before it’s your [time to graduate, you won’t be graduating on time. So everyone just walks around it. (slow electronic music) – [Interviewer] So what do
you do outside of class? – I spend a lot of my time
doing things with my sorority, which is Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority Incorporated, We’re a service organization, so we host a lot of events on campus. They focus around service, either to students or in the community, the greater Baltimore community, So we have five programmatic
thrusts of our organization that we try to follow
when creating events. So for example one thrusts is
physical and mental health, and so for our Delta week event this week, my event will be a dance class, a multicultural dance class, for students to come out and learn about different origins of dance
and learn some choreography, have a good time, eat some food. – [Interviewer] So this Sunday you spoke at a women’s leadership brunch. Tell me a little bit about that. What does that program look like? – So each year the Mu Psi chapter, which is the Johns
Hopkins chapter of Delta, hosts an annual leadership brunch, just to recognize women who are doing really cool
things in the community or just in general in their
personal lives as well. And this year, we did
something really cool that we’ve never done before, which is to give out awards. So we had submissions for
different types of artwork or creative works where
people just describe what that means. So whether it’s like a song
or poem or a photo shoot or a creative album cover
or something like that. It was a really good experience, just to share my story
and also to let people who I don’t often come in contact with kinda open up to me and know who I am. – [Interviewer] So you were featured in a documentary called “Step.” Could you tell me a little bit about that? – Yeah, so during my
senior year in high school, Amanda Lipitz, who’s the
director of the movie just kinda approached us because she wanted to tell a
positive story about Baltimore. It was during the time of the uprising that happened because
of Freddie Gray’s death. We were presented with the
opportunity to make something great and show people that
there are really cool things, really good positive things in kids coming out of Baltimore City. We all just jumped on it and it just grew a lot more
than any of us expected. It got into Sundance and then
Fox Searchlight bought it and it won multiple awards and we were all just kinda taken aback because again you don’t really
see your accomplishments as something so great, but we hear about how
people have been inspired by your story or they see you and the struggles that
you’re persevered through and now they feel that
they can do it again or for themselves. It’s a really cool experience. – [Interviewer] That’s pretty cool. (bright electronic music) – [Interviewer] So what would
you say has surprised you the most about Johns Hopkins? – I don’t know. I came in expecting it
to be almost impossible, As far as academics, but
I’ve found a lot of support, not only in the organization
and resources around campus. But also finding friends, finding my niche and a
community that supports me. Also, I’m really impressed
by how many efforts there are around campus to give
back to the community, especially as somebody from Baltimore. – So what advice would
you give high schoolers or even students younger than high school who are thinking about applying to schools like Hopkins or other schools? – I would absolutely say
don’t count yourself out. Personally, I wasn’t even
going to apply to Hopkins because I’m like, “It’s John Hopkins, “what do they want with me?” – It’s a good thing you applied though. – Yeah it’s a great thing I applied because I’m here on a full ride. I don’t have any student loans and that was something that
was really important to me coming into college. I would definitely say
don’t count yourself out. Really explore your options
and shoot for the stars. Let other people tell you no, like don’t ruin the
opportunity for yourself. I definitely would recommend,
getting on campus physically. I personally don’t think it’s enough to see pictures or videos
or just to talk to people because you’re gonna be here in the flesh, so you should wanna know how it feels. But that’s not always possible, and so I would say the
next best option is really, like finding people who are there and getting acquainted with them. There are pretty much
Facebook groups for everything you could possible want in the world. So I’m sure there’s one for prospective students of any university. Also, make sure to find
out if the university is offering any kind of opportunity for you to come to campus and spend the weekend or spend the night. So here at Hopkins, we
have an event called Sohop. And basically prospective
students just come and stay overnight and they get to shadow a current student and it’s free. It’s free to attend. It’s for accepted students. A precursor to Sohop is Discovery Days, which is meant for
underrepresented students like minority students on campus, so you kinda get to have a
feel for what life is like with the people who look like you. – Because you all are
the minority on campus. And then the next day you get
to have fun with everybody. So definitely do your research about what kinds of resources you need. And be honest with yourself, about what you are able to accomplish and what you’re willing to work hard for. (upbeat music) If you like this video and wanna learn more about top colleges, please subscribe to Crimson Education. (upbeat music)