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.