Name: Arianna K.
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Anticipated Major: Public Health
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I have been going to Baltimore and the Washington D.C. area for as long as I can remember, because both my grandparents and my uncle live in Maryland/Virginia. My grandfather was a professor at Johns Hopkins back in the 60’s, and I used to talk to him about his experiences at JHU. After visiting campus for the first time during my junior year of high school, I fell in love. I realized that it is perfect school for me, as I can create my own academic path at JHU, and work towards ultimately becoming a doctor or lawyer, as well as continue my career in soccer, a sport I have played my entire life. I know that JHU will provide me with countless opportunities and will help me to discover my passions and what I want to do in life.
Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.” This is a quote by Dick Vermeil. An old coach of mine showed me this quote about a year ago, and it has been one of my favorite quotes ever since. To me, it means that the emotions from winning and losing are only truly felt when you work hard and put a lot of effort into something. The feeling of success after working very hard to achieve a goal is incredible. This quote inspires me to work hard in all aspects of my life, and to be the best person I can be.
How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My father was born in Athens and grew up in Greece. Although he immigrated to the United States as a young adult, all of his relatives still live in Greece. I absolutely love being half Greek and being able to connect with the Greek culture, and I have embraced my heritage and my 15 letter long last name! Being half Greek has had a tremendous impact on my life, and has shaped me into the person I am today. I think it’s very unique and special to be able to connect with a culture and people that are half way across the world. My dad’s relatives are the most amazing people. I adore them. They don’t live a luxurious lifestyle, yet they are extremely generous, and they have taught me how to always be happy and to be loving to everyone.
What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? It’s hard to name what I am most excited for, because the whole experience of coming to Hopkins is so incredibly exciting for me. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to study at such an amazing university. I can’t wait to explore all the different choices I will have at Hopkins, and I’m looking forward to selecting classes and studying/researching a subject that I am most interested in. Additionally, I think it will be very exciting to live in Baltimore! The city has such a rich, diverse culture and I want to discover everything it has to offer. Baltimore is very different from Boulder, where I live now. Baltimore is a much bigger city and is on the other side of the country, but I am excited for the change. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends. I enjoy learning about different peoples’ backgrounds, and I am ready to form new friendships with all cool people that will be joining me at Johns Hopkins next fall!!