Hi everyone. I'm a freshman at Hopkins and I am currently in the middle of my first semester. I like Hopkins. There is a somewhat competitive atmosphere since there are many pre-meds here, but the school is really great. I went to a public magnet high school in Houston, Texas. I'm also the only one from my high school at Hopkins. Some things to say about the college application process: Start early. Get your applications in early. Do your financial aid forms such as FAFSA and CSS Profile early. Take your time with your application essays and please get someone to proofread them. Now more about Johns Hopkins. It's a research university. The Homewood campus, where all of the undergraduates are, is in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore is not a bad city, contrary to what you may have heard. You just have to have common sense. One of the biggest majors here in biomedical engineering. It is also one of the toughest. Biology is also a big major here, as well as public health studies. I, myself, am a public health studies major which is inter-departamental. I aspire to become a cardiologist. Classes at Hopkins are not easy but help is everywhere. There are tutoring sessions every day of the week. The sciences here are very strong, as well as the humanities. If you want to be challenged this is the school for you. If you have any questions about Hopkins, please ask away.