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Name: Akhila A.

Hometown: Denville, NJ

High School: Morris Hills High School

Anticipated Major: Cognitive Science

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? My brother went to Hopkins, so that’s how I first discovered it. After attending a summer program at Hopkins this past summer, I fell in love with the environment and decided to apply Early Decision.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Forget the US News and World Report rankings. Don’t stress yourself out thinking that you have to go to the best college in the world. Find a school that you truly love, and make the most out of your experience.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Watching How I Met Your Mother in less than a month.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Freaks and Geeks is hands-down one of the most eye-opening TV shows I have ever seen. It taught me to burst out of my studious bubble and allow myself to discover the creative aspects of the world. It taught me to form bonds with different kinds of people, not just typical star students. There’s so much out there in this world, and this show really helped me catch a glimpse of all the things I’ve been too afraid to let myself experience. After watching this show, I’ve really changed as a person. I’ve matured.