2nd Look Weekend: HOPKINS

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  1. Clarissa

    Clarissa Junior Member

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    Hello,

    I wanted to go here, but I chose to go to Duke instead. To those that did go here-- what were your impressions?

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  3. MacGyver

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    extremely good matchlist... the best i've seen so far. 70% of regular MD and 100% of MD/PhD matched into their FIRST choice residency.

    as for the rest... they seem to be pushing a lot for advanced technology and incorporating it into the curriculum which is nice.

    they changed the grading from A/B/C to honors/high pass/pass/fail which is basically the same thing.

    clinical training is the best in the country from what i gather.

    other than that... it seems like a good place in general except for the campus location.
     
  4. Clarissa

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    Mac,

    How did you feel about your classmates? Was there anything that stuck out about them. How about the students there? Did they seem happy? What did they cite as the major advantages/disadvantages with the place?

    Thanks :)

    C
     
  5. 11000

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    hey clarissa,

    i went to the second-look weekend, and i really liked it a lot. the first-years just came off of an exam in neuro (and have another exam on monday) and so they were a bit tired, but they really loved their school. i was most impressed by the newly-accepted students, a great bunch of people, really hilarious... i had a great time, and am looking forward to starting up in sept...

    at hopkins, you aren't really going to get the excellent facilities that you can get at the other top institutions, the focus is really the clinical education--in that respects, hopkins is the top no doubt. the hopkins hospital is absolutely gorgeous...

    anyways, those were some of my impressions... take care!

    swaroop
     
  6. sorrento

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    bump ...

    I couldn't go either. Anyone else want to share their impressions? What is the "suite" side of Reed Hall like?
    thanks.
     
  7. daffodil

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    i'm a waitlistee, so obviously i couldn't go... :(

    but i saw a reed suite when i went to interview. it's 4 bedrooms, somewhere around 10' x 12' each, a common room roughly the same size, and a stovetop/sink/counter area. i don't remember seeing the bathroom, but i'm almost sure there's one in each suite. and from what i remember, generally nicer and better lit than the singles (yuck).
     
  8. NineSixteen

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    I also had a great time...I was incredibly impressed with a certain uncanny ability of one of the undergraduate students we met...she walked backwards like no one you've ever seen <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    The class of 2006 is awesome, I met some great people (some of whom will probably be joining us here on SDN soon...) and had a great time. Baltimore is a very livable city, I plan on living alone OFF campus and am confident that I can do so on a reasonably small budget.

    The M1's that put on the weekend were also very fantastic people, I can't wait to move there and will be doing so as soon as possible!

    How was the show, Swaroop?
     
  9. sorrento

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    Nine-sixteen, I want to live off-campus, too. What can one expect to pay in rent for a one-bedroom or studio? Did you have a look at any of the "recommended" neighborhoods?
     
  10. NineSixteen

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    The first year I stayed with lived in Mt. Vernon with her boyfriend in a two bedroom place that was pretty fabulous. One bedroom was HUGE the other was pretty tiny, but for a couple it was great...high ceilings, great new bathroom. They paid only $700 for it. Parking is sort of an issue, but you can buy a Mt. Vernon resident street parking permit for $15 per year.

    As far as recommend neighborhoods, pretty much I'm deciding between Mt. Vernon (artsy) and Fells Point (trendy) Both seem reasonable in price, though Fells Point may be more but I'm not sure. Here's the advantages to each. Mt. Vernon is on the Hopkins shuttle line, so there's no need to drive to the commuter lot and take a shuttle into school (ie. shorter, easier morning/evening commute) Problem is there are lots of galleries and restaurants in the neighborhood, but you have to drive to find a CVS or grocery. Fells Point seems to have easier access to things like grocery stores, there are more bars/places to hang out, but the commute to school seems like more of a pain. No shuttle, so you need to drive (walking isn't an oprion b/c of distance, bike seems possible but biking in the winter, uphill will be a pain) park in the commuter lot since you can't park in the garage until clinical rotations start, then take the shuttle to class...seems like it'sll take a long time and classes start at 8.

    Whew! Long winded, sorry...PM me if you want me to bore you with more details!
     
  11. 11000

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    hey all!

    i must admit that i was absolutely wowed by our undergrad tour guide as well, not only are her walking-backward-skills superb, but she also walks decidedly and determinedly backwards-there was a purpose in her stride, no? <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    anyways, nine-sixteen, my show went really well, it was extremely fun, i almost fell off the stage, it was classic! are you back at work now, still addicted to SDN? :D

    anyways, as for relevant information for this thread, i really liked the mount vernon area, it seemed centrally located and reminded me a bit of boston... i am also going to get a single apartment somewhere, i think i'm gonna just get one downtown on the metro line. that way, i can just roll up out of bed and get to class (by 8am!)... if you're looking for an apartment that is almost as convenient as reed hall (but doesn't have the detention-center quality to it), find out the hopkins shuttle route and/or the metro route and get apartments within walking distnce to those stops...

    take care
    swaroop
     
  12. NineSixteen

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    Definately at work and not doing any...damn this website! Glad the show went well...glad you didn't ACTUALLY fall off the stage and just almost did - humor without injury is good :)

    I would like to just mention to all that not only did she walk backwards with purpose and conviction, but she performed this outstanding feat wearing none other than the shoes we call flip-flops...TA DAA!!

    There are apartments called Charles Towers that are right smack next to the metro stop that may be expensive but are ranked high in terms of convienence...most definately secure and probably garage parking available. May be an option for people interested in convienence/security and not care so much about money.
     
  13. 11000

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    Walking Backwards Girl (WBG for short) should become the spokesmodel for the flip-flop industry. what talent and poise!

    i have a relatively relevant question--when should i start calling the apartments and asking about availability and such? right now they really won't know about availability, right?

    if you get back to working, nine-sixteen, i'll promise to get back to writing my paper... :D
     
  14. NineSixteen

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    Work, schmerk.

    I am planning on going back in the middle of June to try and sign a lease, I think that will be a decent time to do so. I doubt that landlords have ideas yet about availability yet, unless you want to live in a high-rise apartment complex type place. You could probably sign a lease for that today to start whenever. My host signed her lease in June (I think) and moved in in July.
     
  15. Boomboom

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    Hey Swaroop and Nine-Sixteen,

    Speaking of work, I really need to stop reading this board and get back to my thesis :rolleyes:

    Anyway, just wanted to write a quick note about apartments. I know my apartment building (high-rise type place near Homewood), and some others downtown, require three months notice to move out or terminate a lease. So, in these cases, they would know now about availability in July. It may be worth a phone call, especially if you are thinking of the Charles towers or any of the building toward the Harbor (I love the Redwood, but it's a litte expensive :( ).

    Just wanted to give you a head's up. Also, if you're looking for a place near Homewood, you should definitely inquire now. Undergrads will have reserved many places already.

    Still making my decision, but really enjoyed meeting everyone this past weekend. It was a great time.

    Swaroop, I'll send the list in the next couple of days . . .

    Take care,
    B
     
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  17. sorrento

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    Thank you everyone for posting your thoughts on living situation!! ... now I have an idea of where to look when I am over there later in the month. Does the school have a roomate-hookup list or something for people like me who want to live off campus but maybe want to share rather than live alone?

    I'm regretting having missed this BWG ... it sounds like she was the highlight of the weekend
     

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