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Name: Aaditya R.

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Anticipated Major: Mechanical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I knew that I was interested in doing research, and I was hoping for an opportunity to do research in the intersection of physics and biology, so naturally Hopkins came to the top of my list as both a top research institution as well as a place that had the resources, faculty, and opportunities to explore that intersection. As I continued to read about Hopkins, both on the JHU site as well as other sources, I felt confident that Hopkins was the right place for me both academically and geographically, and so I applied Early Decision.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I’m not sure if this class exists, considering all the classes offered at JHU, but an ideal class for me would be about analyzing music from different time periods under the lens of colonialism. From all the different groups I’ve participated in, I have been exposed to and come to love all sorts of genres of music, and I am also a huge fan on colonialism critiques and that sort of philosophy. I am also really interested in history, it’s one of my favorite subjects outside of STEM, and I think this class could be an intersection of those interests. As far as course material, I’d look at music like “Les Sauvages” by Rameau, and contrast that to a piece like “Somos Sur” by Ana Tijoux; the former is a European trying to describe native music, while the latter is a native woman talking to “Europe” about colonialism. Possible readings for this class could include works by authors like Gerald Vizenor and Hamid Dabashi, two esteemed authors on colonialism.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Receiving the Bausch and Lomb Outstanding Science Student Award. I enjoyed that recognition from my teachers for my hard work in a field that I love.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? The ability to meet new people, push myself, live in Baltimore, and grow as both a student and a person.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I’m interested in joining the Hopkins Orchestra – either the Symphony or the Concert Orchestra. Another group that looked very interesting was Hopkins Baja, it seems like a really fun way to test the principles of mechanics and design. My top thing to get involved in at Hopkins is research, I just find the process – conception of an idea, repeated failures, trying something new – fun, exciting, and something that teaches skills beyond just the lab.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ______________________.” My internship at UNL in Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Stop playing Binding of Isaac and start writing those essays for AP Lang!