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marisababbName: Marisa Babb

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Townsend, DE

Year: 2014

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to ultimately work in medical devices. But as a side hobby, I’d like to pursue reconstructive tattoos for mastectomy scars.

What’s a change you’ve made recently?

I’ve started to read more. I used to read a lot in high school, but I haven’t really had the time for reading for pleasure, and I miss expanding my vocabulary and getting lost in a book that isn’t a textbook.

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I came because of the really great opportunities and research experiences available. Hopkins is at the cutting edge of some really great technologies, so it’s great to learn from the leaders in the field.

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

Incoming students should definitely reach out to upperclassmen for mentorship. I was too timid entering, but it would have been super invaluable to have that experience/knowledge accessible from the start instead of trial and error. Everyone is pretty willing to help people out.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?

My family and I went to Puerto Rico and did a midnight canoe trip to the bioluminescent bay. I think that’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.