Charm City crash course: New Johns Hopkins students explore Baltimore

Members of the Class of 2020 visit city neighborhoods, attractions as part of annual Baltimore Day

Just days after arriving on campus, members of Johns Hopkins University's undergraduate Class of 2020 ventured out to discover Baltimore on Sunday as part of the annual Baltimore Day orientation event.

The new students familiarized themselves with city transportation options and explored a number of city neighborhoods, including Mount Vernon, Station North, Bolton Hill, Little Italy, Jonestown, Fells Point, and Federal Hill. Groups visited the Inner Harbor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, and other attractions.

Each location featured activities for the groups to learn about the different neighborhoods—ordering gelato in Fells, playing bocce ball in Little Italy, boarding a boat in the Inner Harbor. Later in the day, students returned to the Homewood campus for a Baltimore-themed cookout featuring crab balls, sweet corn, and ice cream, among other fare.

"Baltimore Day gets new students out of the 'Johns Hopkins bubble' from the beginning of their student experience and into places where they can learn to better understand the city that is their new home," said Justin Beauchamp, coordinator of orientation and first-year experience at the university. "[The experience] provides a unique opportunity for new students to discover the city and interact with faculty, staff, civic leaders, business owners, and fellow students who are Baltimoreans. It provides the space for students to understand what makes Baltimore tick and to think critically about their role as engaged citizens."