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That's me.Hello all! Many of you know the previous blogger has moved on to more opportunities. I am your new blogger and a newbie to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Baltimore. For those of you who would be moving to Baltimore for the first time, look for my Baltimore Adventure series posts in the future.

As potential students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, you’ve come across a question or medical problem in the world that has captivated your focus. But me, I’m captivated by stories. Whether it’s the “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, the Harry Potter series, or “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes, I love the art of storytelling. But my love of storytelling isn’t limited to books. I like hearing people’s life stories as well, or even a vignette in their life story. And that is what I’m here to do, to take the stories of current students in the ten different degree programs here at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and share them with you.

It’s my first week here in Admission Services, and I am more and more amazed and impressed by the truly good work our students, researchers and faculty are doing. The vision here, “Protecting health, saving lives—millions at a time,” is inspiring, but true. I’m reading about students and faculty linking controversial fracking with premature birth, childhood antibiotic consumption with BMI, and discovering how the fungus Candida albicans becomes a deadly infection in the bloodstream. These are people with the knowledge and skills that I as the M.F.A. in Creative Writing lack, but always admired. To be their colleague by spreading their work to help you determine if Johns Hopkins is the right place for you to impact the field of Public Health is the next best thing to making a scientific discovery in helping the human population—or at least it is in my book.

For now, my friends, don’t forget about our upcoming opportunities to meet Admission Services on the road or our virtual fair next week. In the meantime, I’ll be working to learn about other research and opportunities available for our Masters and Doctoral students.

BlakelyThere’s only one Admissions staff person you’ve not yet met.

Please meet:

Blakely Goldsmith

Admissions Coordinator

1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?

I grew up just outside of Baltimore City. Now I live downtown and I love living near the harbor. After visiting lots of other cities, I really have to say, I love the architecture and historic aspects of downtown Baltimore (considering we were one of the 13 colonies). There are beautifully designed areas especially in Mount Vernon.

2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?

I was an Art History major so I enjoy going to our local museums like the Walters or the BMA, but on a beautiful day I love taking a walk from Canton to Fells point along the water.

3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?

I have to say Maryland Crabs, particularly because I am obsessed with Old Bay. We have tons of great restaurants in Baltimore and since my favorite meal to eat is breakfast or brunch, Miss Shirley’s is one of my favorites.

4. What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy all the people I work with as well as meeting prospective students and answering their questions!

5. How long have you been at Hopkins?

I am one of the newest employees. I have only been here for a few months, but I’m learning a lot and really enjoy it!

6. Favorite color?

Bright orange!

7. Favorite sports team?

Obviously the Ravens - Ray Lewis is my hero!

8. Hobbies/activities?

I enjoy reading, spending time with my friends & family, traveling, and being active by taking walks or playing tennis in the spring and summer.

9. What did you have for lunch today?

A salad from Salad Creations. You can create your own and they have virtually every ingredient you can imagine!

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?

Well hopefully I wouldn’t be alone, because that would be scary. But if I was, then probably a long book to keep me occupied!

Tamika in the GalleryToday, I’d like to introduce our newest admissions staff member:

Tamika Patterson

Admissions Coordinator

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    I’m not originally from Baltimore (I’m from the real Jersey Shore - New Jersey) so I love how rich the culture is here. There is so much to see and do.
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    I love the Inner Harbor and all of the little thrift stores throughout Baltimore.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    So far my favorite is XS and PaperMoon
  4. What do you like best about your job? 
    I love the people I work with. Everyone is so willing to help and is super friendly.
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins? (specifically, in Admissions Services)
    I’m still new (only a few weeks)
  6. Favorite color?
    Blue and Gold
  7. Favorite sports team? 
    Knicks
  8. Hobbies/activities
    I love to work out.  I love to run around Lake Montibello in the warm months.
  9. What did you have for lunch today?
    Cucumber salad and water.
  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?
    I would bring my completely charged up iPhone! LOL.

TheresaToday, I’d like you to meet another wonderful member of our staff:

Theresa Veatch

Admissions Coordinator

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    Baltimore also known as Smalltimore is my hometown; every time I turn a corner, I run into someone I know.
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    I live in historic Bolton Hill; walk to dinner on Charles Street then to the Lyric for a performance.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    The Helmand on Charles Street   
  4. What do you like best about your job?
    I was included as “part of the team” during the pre-employment stages.
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins? (specifically, in Admissions Services)
    Since September 2012
  6. Favorite color?
    Sunshine Yellow; it's warm and bright
  7. Favorite sports team? 
    Refer to question number one then take two guesses… the Ravens and the O’s
  8. Hobbies/activities
    The great outdoors with my family. Hiking on snow covered trails. Boating. Camping. And shopping at thrift stores especially the Wise Penny on York Road; they often have brand new items at thrifty prices.
  9. What did you have for lunch today?
    Roast beef and Swiss cheese on toast, UTZ potato chips, a juicy nectarine and a snicker-doodle cookie. Okay. Okay. Three snicker-doodle cookies; they were so fresh and chewy, I couldn't resist.
  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 book of Sudoku puzzles; they make the time fly.

Photo by Katherine Lin

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.