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Alum Profile: Sejal Hathi

Sejal Hathi

When she was 15 years old, Sejal Hathi was diagnosed with anorexia. During her treatment, she learned a lot about herself, but she also realized something larger about the culture she grew up in: “Through the conversations I had with other young women with depression, eating disorders, and other psychosocial problems, I realized that so many of us were suffering from a lack of self-love and this crazy desire to be perfect,” she says.  “That realization and empathy—the realization that I wasn’t alone—pushed me to do something about it.”

The result? Sejal founded Girls Helping Girls, a nonprofit organization that partners girls in the United States with girls in developing countries so they can help each other solve problems in their communities. “It started as a very small group of girls who met regularly in my neighborhood,” Sejal remembers. “Then we created a website and the media got involved. It grew and grew.”

Now a student in the MD/MBA program at Stanford, Sejal says that CTY is another organization that helped her develop her potential. She took multiple math and science CTY online courses, and says that she spent “one of the best summers ever” at a CTY summer program in California. “I absolutely loved it,” she remembers. “We read everything from Virginia Woolf through Shakespeare, and we wrote every day. My writing dramatically improved, and it definitely helped me in life and, of course, in college.”

Read more about Sejal in her Awesome CTYer profile.

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Travel With CTY

Sea turtle underwater swimming with school of fish

For alumni raising the next generation of CTYers, CTY offers unique educational travel programs to destinations worldwide that combine the fun of a family vacation with a learning experience.

Although each adventure is unique, they all aim to introduce students and parents to the rich natural, cultural, and historical aspects of spectacular destinations spanning the globe. Learn more.

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Grow Your CTY Network 

Connecting alumni is a core focus of the CTY Alumni Network. Because of that we are excited to introduce you to a new opportunity for our CTY alumni community--JHU's networking platform that links CTY alumni with each other to help grow and refine personal and professional networks. It also allows the option to network with Johns Hopkins students and graduates. is about the CTY community helping each other succeed and helps you:

  • connect with like-minded classmates and alumni in your field
  • provide college and career advice to younger alumni
  • find mentors available to coach, review a resume, and introduce you to top contacts 
  • secure an internship or job with a leading organization through the jobs board 

Easy sign-on and synch up with Facebook and LinkedIn mean that you can tap into the wealth of talent and opportunity possessed by your CTY--and extended Johns Hopkins--community, today.

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Class Notes: Alumna Launches Marketing Business

Abigail M. Carlen

After sixteen years as marketing director at several of New York City's leading architecture firms, I decided to launch my own start-up consulting practice at the beginning of 2016.

Based in Brooklyn, Turquoise Marketing delivers marketing, business development, and public relations strategies to design-oriented architecture firms across the country. In five months, I've built a client roster of ten firms, ranging from multi-office international practices to boutique studios. 

The fields I explored during those summers at CTY played a huge part in advancing my ability to write, communicate, and think critically--skills I've used every day since then. I'm also sure that those weeks away from home as a pre-teen fostered my independence and entrepreneurial spirit!

Let us know what you’re up to! We—and other CTY alumni—want to hear about achievements and milestones in your career and education, your family, and your personal and community pursuits. Submit a class note

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Event Listings

London: Upcoming, Stay tuned for more details
New York City: JHU The Cancer Moonshot: A conversation with Dr. Drew Pardoll, Sept. 27
San Francisco: Hopkins Annual Alumni Crab Feast, October 23

We're looking to help connect more CTYers! Let us know if you are an alum in Ann Arbor/Detroit, London or Tokyo and interested in helping plan--or attend--CTY events. Or, are you interested in helping plan CTY events in your area or would you like to suggest ideas? Email us at

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