Back when we launched Hopkins Interactive and the Hopkins Insider blog in December 2005 one of our initial ideas was to include a "Guest Blog" along with the blogs written by current students. Here is what we wrote when we debuted the Hopkins Interactive Guest Blog in January 2006:
Did you ever wonder what it was like to explore a foreign country through a study abroad program? play lacrosse at Hopkins? participate in a theater group? study engineering? apply to law school? be an international student? join a sorority or fraternity? write for the student newspaper?
Well then, you've come to the right place! Welcome to the latest addition to Hopkins Interactive: Guest Blogs. In addition to our current student blogs, we are adding this fun and new way to learn even more about Hopkins. Each Monday, the guest blogs will feature a new student who will post on a different topic, allowing you to gain a "bird's eye view" of life at Hopkins. Posts will focus on academics, extracurriculars, and social life at Hopkins - all aspects of college life here at the Homewood campus. So, be sure to check back frequently to make sure you don't miss anything!
Next month will be the four year anniversary of the Hopkins Interactive Guest Blog and though there have been changes to design and the frequency we post (normally twice a week now), the mission of the blog remains the same: Featuring a different Johns Hopkins student each week.
To celebrate we created a fun Google Map with links to hometowns (or study abroad sites) for our nearly 150 posted guest blogs. Check it out below, and click on the link for the full map:
View Hopkins Interactive Guest Blog in a larger map
Pretty cool, huh? Curious about the meaning behind the different color pins ... here is your key:
Blue = Traditional Guest Blogs
Yellow = Current Members of Hopkins Interactive who have written Guest Blogs
Red = Blogs of our Current Members of Hopkins Interactive as well as Retired Alums
Airplanes = Study Abroad Guest Blogs
The Hopkins Interactive Guest Blog remains one of my favorite projects we have ever created, as each week I truly enjoy getting to know another one of the amazing Hopkins students. The Guest Blog even spawned other blog types, including our Alumni Blogs, our Parent Blogs, and our Faculty and Staff Blogs all part of our Blue Jay Buffet compilation blog. You can even check out a JHU Gazette article from last spring that talked about our Guest Blog, Blogging a Big Hit for Admissions.
Enjoy the map and enjoy the great variety on our Guest Blog ... I know I will.