Johns Hopkins University Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Samita

Nerdy and pre-med, but I really don't think that's a true fit.

Kate

A stereotype at Hopkins is that we are all cutthroat people that will do anything to succeed. Yes, we are dedicated and driven students. I have NEVER encountered anyone who tried to make me fail so that they could do better. In fact, I have done a lot of work in groups where people definitely try to help others understand the material.

Kate

A stereotype at Hopkins is that we are all cutthroat people that will do anything to succeed. Yes, we are dedicated and driven students. I have NEVER encountered anyone who tried to make me fail so that they could do better. In fact, I have done a lot of work in groups where people definitely try to help others understand the material.

Samita

Nerdy and pre-med, but I really don't think that's true - for the majority of us.

Allysa

That all kids that go here are pre-med. Completely false! As a matter of fact, International Studies is the most popular major here. There is a vast array of majors as well, from Political Science to Writing Seminars to Public Health.

Ryan

People think we're all huge nerds, really competitive and studious, and spend all of our time in the library.

Logan

Cut throat, ultra competitive, non cooperative, intense.

Reese

We study all the time and have no fun

Jerry

Everyone who goes here is a huge nerd and studies all the time and never has any fun.

Alex

Most people don't go out on weekends and spend most of their time in the library.

Shelby

Too competitive

Brittany

That all we do here is study and that we don't party.

Amy

nerdssss

Jess

Work-aholics, full of Asians, no one parties, everyone is/wants to be a doctor, the students are rich, the professors don't care about the students only their own research

clare

nerdy, unsocial, competitive

Gregory

Cutthroat premeds

Alex

Everyone is pre-med or an engineer that either has no social skills or is really cutthroat. Also, everyone tries to graduate as soon as possible to get out of Hopkins.

Lauren

We're all nerds and cutthroat students (at least regarding the premeds).

Ben

Everyone is socially retarded and awkward, we're all a bunch of cutthroat asians who sabatoge each other's school careers to get ahead

Gene

that we are needlessly competitive

Cody

They are all nerdy Asians who sit in their room and study all day.

Lane

- Students can be hard to approach for people with non-mainstream points of view (but who is not anyways?) - People somehow all know the right places to go to find e.g. researches, advisors, volunteering opportunity, but they don't always share their info too readily. - We all respect each other's privacy, so you can be as open or shunted as you want.

Devon

1. Everyone is nerdy. 2. Everyone is going to be a doctor or at some point wanted to be a doctor and failed. 3. People are too competitive.

Shawn

Everyone is a pre-med and everyone is very competitive.

Meagan

We're all pre-meds who are holed up in the library w/o sunshine.

Harper

They're all pre-med. Which is and isn't true. A lot of the science and engineering kids are pre-med, but there's also a lot of International Relations and Writing Seminars kids who are nowhere near pre-med. Another stereotype is that Hopkins kids don't have much fun. That's unfortunately slightly true. Hopkins is intense, and the territory goes with it. Your idea of fun may not be researching the enzymatic reactions of certain protein receptors on a weeknight, but that's just what some kids do, and is quite common. Nevertheless, even the dorkiest/nerdiest kids (and Hopkins is full of them) find less academic routes to stress relief, including ultimate frisbee, ballroom dancing, and volunteering, to name a few.

Jessica

JHU, like U Chicago, is "where fun goes to die." Supposedly, everyone here is pre-med, all our parents are doctors, and we're ridiculously competitive. Everyone not from New Jersey or Maryland is from California. Baltimore hates JHU, but we own half the city so they can't do much about it. The City Paper is staffed by Hopkins. The Hopkins Press publishes the writing teachers who otherwise would not find a publisher. Baltimore is a horrible city. Everyone here is depressed and the Counseling Center is always clogged. Student Health can do nothing for you if you're not pregnant. In certain circles, JHU kids, especially the 19-year olds, are seen as parasites on the city's real night life.

Lorie

That it is very cut throat and that there is a ton of work. That students don't get along with each other and are only trying to get ahead.

Natalie

Studious, competitive, antisocial.

Andy

The major stereotype about JHU is that it is where fun goes to die, and that JHU students are a bore and very competitive.

Michelle

nerdy; bookish; competitive; cut-throat; engineers & premeds & international studies majors; lots of Asian students; only good school spirit/athletic program is lacrosse; nobody has fun; Baltimore is boring/dangerous

Ryan

That we're all nerds and geeks.

Andy

Smart. Over worked, cut throat.

Josh

People say Hopkins students are cutthroat, hard working, and antisocial. Also, people think it is a place where there is no fun.

Athlete

The stereotypes are that all Hopkins students are awkward. There are a lot of Asian kids, which doesn't really matter, but it's a stereotype and it's true. Another stereotype is that all Hopkins students do is study. Another stereotype is that all Hopkins undergrads are premeds.

Mandy

Typically people think JHU students are all pre-med, all only interested in grades, and the kind of people who spend all of their time in the library. There is also a common stereotype that the school is very cut-throat in terms of competition

Andy

First of all, that everyone is pre-med. Second of all, that everyone is cutthroat. Third of all, that everyone spends time studying.

Stefanie

JHU has a strong stigma for being "cut-throat". It is generally known to be a place where "fun comes to die" because students are too engulfed in their work. Students are thought to be consumed with their work both in the classroom and in the research labs.

Robin

JHU students are stereotyped as all work and no play.

Jamie

We are all science majors. Pre-meds, BMEs, ChemEs, whatever. I'm sure there are more, but that's really the only one I hear.

Jordan

1) Everyone is premed and wants to be a doctor. 2) No social life.

Tristan

It is a common belief that everyone at Johns Hopkins is pre-med. Another related belief is that everyone is cutthroat, and will go to extremes such as hiding books in the library, stealing notebooks, and refusing to help others in order to secure a good grade.

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