If success is measured by the people you surround yourself with, I have been engrained into a society of "the best of the best". Unfortunately, all success comes at a price. To describe a Hopkin's student as competitive, or even cutthroat, is a gross understatement. Speaking in class is like walking through a firing squad, each locked and loaded, ready to capitalize on imperfections. Conversations turn into deliberations, casually thrusting sharp stabs at who is more dedicated. While frustrating, you must remain resilient and shift your perspective, as they will challenge you to grow, push, and prosper through adversity.
The kind of person who can handle a 20+ credit workload per semester and is ready to put their nose to the grindstone from day one. The kind of person who asks themselves "what can I learn from this person?" when meeting someone new. The kind of person who welcomes unique opprotunities and isn't afraid to learn from his or her mistakes. The kind of person who doesn't mind living close to Baltimore City Detention Center - one of the most corrupt prisons in the U.S.
A proactive person should attend hopkins. You have to love yourself and love what you're doing, whether or not you know what either is yet. You will work hard, but the key is to do things that you enjoy, so a ten page paper is a chance to show off your skills, not just a drag. Hopkins breeds success, likely because it is difficult at times. It has made me a better person, and it can make you a better person, it you're willing to be open.
This school is for very acedemically driven people. A lot of the people here have a hard time making friends, though, because most were homeschooled or went to private school, so if you want to have a social life, you have to put some effort into it. JHU provides some amazing opportunities, but you have to be motivated enough to search them out and follow through with them.
This school is meant for students who are willing to put personal life and issues on the wayside in order to commit to studies. If you feel that you still have a lot of personal growth to do (and I feel that everyone while that young), this school may not be a good fit for you.
Someone who is very concerned about weeding out the competition in their field of study. Everyone is concerned about doing better than the next person instead of being concerned about how well they can do by themselves without making comparisons.
The type of person who wants to have opportunities as a nurse/nursing student at one of the most innovative institutions in the country. Someone who wants to work hard and be involved with the community.
You need to be exceptionally driven and resourceful. If you're a social butterfly, this is not the place for you. Prepare to spend every waking hour in the library--and then some.
Someone who is looking for a medium-sized school, urban area. You should be self-driven and be able to balance a social life with academic stress.
Someone who is genuinely interesting in learning and doing so surrounded by people who are among the most intelligent in the world.