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PUBLIC EDITOR: So a reporter has contacted you for the first time...

I’m telling you right now. It’s going to happen. A message request on Facebook from someone you have mutual friends with but swear you’ve never seen before. A text out of the blue from a number with an unfamiliar area code. An email with a subject line like “URGENT: interview request.” 


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A look at the incoming freshmen

Researchers, essential workers, avid bakers, business owners — these all describe some of your new peers. We at The News-Letter thought it would be interesting to find out what some of you have been up to and how you are processing the onslaught of changes to your summer break and college experience! 


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The Life Design Lab aims to offer advice to freshmen to guide them on choosing the best-suited clubs and getting involved with University life. 

Debunking common stereotypes about Hopkins

There’s an aura of mysticism that comes with arriving at Hopkins as a first-year student. There’s a significant chance that your perspective as an incoming student is informed by collegiate ranking websites, media reports on our coronavirus tracking capabilities and general appreciation of how great our hospital is. Without being here, it is very easy to succumb to the stereotypes about our school and the people who go here. 


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Freshmen ask, an upperclassman answers

You asked, I answered — to the best of my ability. These are the most common questions The News-Letter received from members of the Class of 2024. 


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How to take advantage of Hopkins resources

Hopkins is the No. 10-ranked undergraduate school in America by the U.S. News & World Report, and has a correspondingly eye-popping tuition — $54,160 for the 2020-2021 school year — to boot. With all those Benjamins melting from your pocket like SARS-CoV-2 in the sun, you could be forgiven for asking what, exactly, your money is buying.  


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Nine social media accounts you really better follow now that you're a Hopkins student

You may not be on campus this semester, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to virtually connect to the Hopkins and Baltimore communities! And, hey, it never hurts to spruce up your feed on Insta and Facebook. These are some of the best accounts that Hopkins and Baltimore have to offer. 


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The best classes at Hopkins

While we aren’t able to experience the hustle and bustle of campus life this semester, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the amazing professors and interesting classes Hopkins has to offer. To get you inspired and motivated, here are some of the best classes recommended by members of the senior class. 


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A sampling of student groups

Despite the limitations of an all-online semester, many Hopkins student groups have found creative ways to make the most of this situation and continue to function as outlets for the University’s diverse body of interests. I talked to some student groups to find out their plans for the upcoming semester, and all are eager to show incoming freshmen just what they have to offer!


Decoding (and memeifying) Hopkins lingo

Hopkins may not be renowned for its ample school spirit or traditions, but we do have some inside terms and jokes!  


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