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Date: Dec 2012

Erica at the Wolfe Street entranceWe have four admissions coordinators who process and record the mountain of application materials we receive, answer admissions inquiries and work with department coordinators to facilitate admissions reviews.

These ladies work very hard and today I’m going to introduce you to:

Erica Malgieri

Admissions Coordinator

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    I like living near Baltimore and DC, there is always something going on.
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    Walk around the Inner Harbor.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    Alexander’s Tavern and Ra Sushi, both in Fells Point/Harbor East.
  4. What do you like best about your job?
    As much as I love the day to day things I do, I really enjoy helping out with Graduation.
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins? (specifically, in Admissions Services)
    I have been in Admissions Services since April 2012.
  6. Favorite color?
    Purple or blue
  7. Favorite sports team? 
    Penn State Football and the Yankees.
  8. Hobbies/activities
    Run, crochet, tailgate
  9. What did you have for lunch today?
    Chiobani Greek Vanilla Yogurt, apple, banana
  10. If you were to be locked all by yourself in E1002 for one week, with no electrical power, what is one thing you would bring with you?
    A blanket.

Student writingThe personal statement is one of the most important components of your application. Many of our departments do not incorporate any type of interview in their decision making process, so your personal statement is your chance to tell YOUR unique story. 

A few dos and don’ts

DO
Explain why you chose the program you’re applying to. The Bloomberg School offers nine degrees from ten academic departments, as well as fellowships, certificates and institute classes. You should explain why you think the specific program you selected is a good fit and how the Bloomberg School will advance and help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

DO
Discuss how your professional background/research/academic training relates to your public health goals. Address the evolution of your interest in public health and your hopes and aspirations within the field.     

DON’T
Simply list your experience. Keep in mind that your application is reviewed holistically, so the committee can see where you went to school and what jobs you’ve held by your transcripts and resume. Tell them how your experience has made you passionate about public health.

Practical matters

Keep your statement to less than three pages and make sure your name is at the top of each page.

Beyond that, we don’t have any formatting requirements. Use your best judgment. Maybe consider using an easy to read font sized between 10 and 12 pts. Also think about double-spacing your statement.

THINK CLEAR AND CONCISE.  Your reviewers will enjoy reading focused and legible statements.

ShenayToday I’d like to introduce you to the first person who sees your application. She’s the start of things in admissions and we couldn’t do our jobs without her.

Please meet:

Shenay Johnson

Academic Services Assistant

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    I was born and raised in Baltimore, so my whole family is here. I just recently had a baby so I am able to get all the help I need. I also always have a sitter, if I need some adult time!
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    I love to do things that are relaxing. I like to go down to Fells Point, sit by the water and watch the sun set. It’s so peaceful.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    I love food!! When it’s warm outside, I love having crabs and corn on the cob with Old Bay seasoning. If I can’t get any crabs I will take a good old fashioned crab cake.
  4. What do you like best about your job? 
    I love the people I work with and how we all work together to help applicants with the application and questions about our school. It is so exciting when I get to meet some of the students that I helped.
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins?
    (specifically, in Admissions Services)
    I have been working in the Bloomberg admissions office for 2 years.
  6. Favorite color?
    I love the color Pink. That color makes me feel so girly, I just love it.
  7. Favorite sports team? 
    I don’t watch often, but when I do it’s during football season and I am cheering on the Ravens. I love my home team.
  8. Hobbies/activities
    Since having a baby, I have been playing a lot of peek-a-boo and making funny sounds just so I can make him smile. But I love to read. Reading to me is an escape to another place and it helps me clear my head.
  9. What did you have for lunch today?
    Nothing fancy--baked chicken and rice.
  10. If you were to be locked all by yourself in E1002 for one week, with no electrical power, what is one thing you would bring with you?
    A pillow so I would be comfortable when I go to sleep.

Tall stack of applicationsOur first application deadline fell over the weekend and we’re still printing the applications!

Other deadlines are on the horizon.

December 15, 2012

January 2

Remember, the Schoolwide policy is all your materials should arrive to our office before the deadline.

If you’re applying to one of these programs, DON’T wait until the last minute. Submit your application and supporting materials now!

Question about the application requirements? Visit How to Apply, review our FAQs, or email us admiss@jhsph.edu.