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Name: Hannah B.

Hometown: North Potomac, MD

High School: Thomas S. Wootton High School

Anticipated Major(s) and Minor(s): Public Health Studies and Political Science with a minor in Theatre

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I’ve always known what an amazing school Hopkins was, and once I decided I wanted to study public health, I knew it was the perfect school for me. Johns Hopkins offers such a brilliant balance of science and the arts that was perfect for a multifaceted student like myself, and from the moment I stepped on campus at my tour, I couldn’t picture myself going to college anywhere else. The decision to apply ED came naturally to me and my family, I wanted to be a student among the best and the brightest, and find a place where I could pursue all of my interests in a diverse and supportive environment, so I knew it had to be my first choice.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My grandma, she’s been my best friend since I was born and she has been my biggest supporter my entire life. She paid her way through college and worked her way up to Vice President of one of the country’s largest contracting companies during a time when women didn’t have the opportunities they do now, and every day I admire her strength, perseverance, and dedication to her family and her country.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would teach a class called “Dogspotting,” where we go and walk around the city of Baltimore trying to meet and pet as many dogs as we can. Grades will be based on the quality of the floof, number of happy tail wags, and softness of the ears, but of course all dogs will score a 13/10.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “You can’t change the wind but you can set your sails” -Billie Joe Armstrong, I love this quote because of the message it conveys– that sometimes life will throw crazy things your way, but you always have the power to make the best out of any situation.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Finding the right college isn’t about finding the most prestigious school or finding the one that all your friends are going to, it’s about finding a campus and community that encourages you to become the best version of yourself, and that provides opportunities for you to study what you love and do what you love.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? I’m most proud of placing 4th runner up and winning the preliminary talent award at the Miss Maryland’s Outstanding Teen pageant, where I competed as Miss Baltimore’s Outstanding Teen. Being recognized as a vocalist and performer among such a talented group was so rewarding after years of hard work and training.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m most excited for the open curriculum. I have so many interests and there are so many things I want to learn more about, from global health, and cognitive psych, to theatre history and biochemistry. Hopkins gives me the opportunity to take courses outside my major and explore subjects from all backgrounds, and I can’t wait to step on campus and begin learning.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? “The Red and the Black” by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. I’ve been an avid rock and heavy metal fan my whole live, mostly thanks to my dad, and its had such a profound impact on me that I even wrote my college essay about it! But this song will always hold a special place in my heart, because one of my favorite memories is singing along to every word and guitar riff of this 13 minute anthem alongside my dad, when we went up to New York City to see Iron Maiden at their sold out show at MSG. Listening to that song always reminds me of the almost 100 concerts I’ve been to with my dad, and how thankful I am to have an amazing and supportive father like him!

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I really hope to be in one of the a cappella groups. I’ve been in my high school’s a cappella group for three out of my four years at Wootton and I’ve loved every minute of it, and it’s something I couldn’t picture my life without. I really want to continue singing a cappella in college because I love performing and spending time with other singers who share the same passion I do.

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? 100% would get cookies and cream ice cream with Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day. I’m a huge Green Day fan and I think their music is amazing, and I would love to sit down with him and rant about politics and rock out to some of their best albums.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _________________________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My mom and dad’s unconditional love and support.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Cherish every single moment of AP Biology, you will miss it so much senior year!!

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Find the best crab cakes in town!