fullsizerender-3Name: Cindy Yuan

Year: 2019

Major: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science

Hometown: Nanjing, China

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I am a sophomore right now and I haven’t figured out my life yet. But that’s ok. I have always encountered so many uncertainties. They stress me out from time to time (especially when my mom asks me “So what do you want to do exactly?”), but I have leaned to appreciate them — so many possibilities are out there and so many stories are there for me to unfold.


At this moment, I guess I am a pre-med student who wants to be a neurologist or endocrinologist. If I ever become a doctor, I want to be the one telling people how to live healthily so they won’t have to see me ever again. Healthcare isn’t just about figuring out ways to cure the sick; to me it has a lot to do with living well on a daily basis despite the stress and struggles we all have to go through.

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

Cognitive science and neuroscience classes have taught me that many seemingly simple things we do and take for granted (like picking up a pen or move our eyes to a new stimulus) actually require a massive amount of complicated processing to happen in a split second. It is applaudable how we are able to do what we do.

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?

Be open-minded. Be open to possibilities when it comes to choosing your major, joining clubs, and many other things. Look into what you want to do, and also try out things you thought you could never do. Don’t say stuff like “I will never be able to do that”, because that’s the real thing keeping you from knowing if you can actually make it.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

People here. I’ve met the brightest and kindest minds here. I love how nice, smart, funny, and helpful they are. We have a diverse community, yet we share the same aspirations and hard-working spirit.

Also, I always get amazing food from my friends.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I hang out and organize cultural events with my Chinese Student Association (CSA) family and learn to dance with Eclectics. I give out free back-rubs as a Stressbuster.

I like reflecting and introspecting a lot to get a sense of what’s going on in my life and what I could do about it.

I watch dramas when I work out. And I eat a lot of food.

What’s something you wish you got involved with?

Probably volunteering (especially tutorial projects) and career-developing groups. But I will try to fit them into my schedule later on.

What’s a change you’ve made recently?

I was not coordinated but I have become better at dancing.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

When I opened the Hopkins admission package, its colors matched my nail polishes exactly. I thought that meant something. True story.

I am really grateful that the admission officers picked me.