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Name: Gill W.

Hometown:  Cupertino, CA

Anticipated Major: Medicine, Science and the Humanities

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I took AP Biology on CTYOnline and later on decided to apply ED after visiting and talking to students who attend JHU. The campus felt serene to me and I love how there’s various neighborhoods within Baltimore with their unique characteristics.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My mother.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Experience does for the soul what education does for the mind.” -Casey Neistat

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My dad lives in Taiwan because of his job and visits about four times a year. I’ve learned to become independent, taking care of myself when my mom’s busy with daycare and teaching. Positivity is a huge part of my life and helps me through stressful/sad/challenging times.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, opinions, ANYTHING! (teachers, alumni, peers, parents, etc.)

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Being able to teach and grow with my mom’s daycare students since 2006.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Exploring the city and meeting lots of people.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Wavin’ Flag -K’NAAN

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Planning and organizing festivals and other big campus events; attending sports games; joining performing arts and academic clubs; research!

If you could get ice cream with one person (real or imaginary; dead or alive), who would it be and what kind of ice cream would you get? Mango ice cream with Jenna Marbles!

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________________.” My parents, TaiJiMen Qigong Academy, my supportive friends, and a few influential teachers.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A pediatrician who travels around the world.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? It will be over; don’t keep your mind on how stressful it is, but rather the reward (ie. experience, learning how to prioritize, struggling and then overcoming with your peers) you get when you pull through.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Find the best FOOD!