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Name: Elijah E.

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

High School: Baltimore City College

Anticipated Major: Political Science, International Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? Johns Hopkins is an important part of knowing Baltimore. I have been lucky enough to take AP exams in the classrooms and work on papers in the library. The commitment to hard work at Hopkins is inspiring and something I knew I wanted to get in on. JHU only got better when I considered the incredible research opportunities, multiple advisers, intersession, incredible financial aid, job opportunities for life, and the overnight program I participated in. Hopkins was easily my top choice.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) My Hopkins course would be called “Musicality and Movements” which would be a historical class about how activism and music follow the same trends and how art affects culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This quote reminds me that I have to keep working for what I believe in because laziness will lead to losing.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? None of my siblings (trust me, I have a fair few: eight brothers and two sisters) have ever finished college, which worries and inspires me. More than anything, it makes me want to get that diploma in 2022!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Weigh opportunities equally with comfort. Don’t go somewhere if you know you will be miserable for the next four years. Engage with current students, apply to overnight programs, take classes. Do everything you can to get the feel of the terrain so that you make your final decision more on realism than idealism.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? As one of those kids who loved opportunities so much that he took as many as he could in high school, I actually want to narrow down my interests next year. That being said, I have no idea what to join or if I’ll give up on that narrow resolution!

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I only moved to Baltimore in 2015, so I am still learning all about the city. Baltimore is a city made up of hundreds of neighborhoods. My perspective from Hamilton will be very different from my perspective from Charles Village. I’m excited to see the city in a different light!