Making Hopkins Home: Xiomara's Journey

Hopkins Hacks

Apr 13 2023 • 29 mins

This episode is the first in a three-part collaborative series with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We aim to give prospective and admitted students an insider’s look at the Hopkins experience through some informal, candid conversations.

Our guest for today is Xiomara, a current senior studying economics and political science. In this episode, Xio shares her perspective on her transition to college, including overcoming challenges as a first-generation student, connecting with the Latina community, and resources that helped her to make Hopkins feel like home.

Throughout this episode, we reference a few common Hopkins acronyms that we’ve defined below:

o   APTT: A Place To Talk. A student-run organization of trained peer listeners available to Hopkins undergrads. The club offers a comfortable environment for students to discuss anything, from everyday frustrations to more serious concerns.

o   SAIS: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Part of the Johns Hopkins University network, this school offers graduate programs related to international studies.

o   SIF: Student Involvement Fair. Our biannual event that provides Hopkins undergrads an opportunity to learn about our 400+ student organizations.

o   FFC: Fresh Food Café. The former name of Hopkins Café, an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall on the Homewood campus.