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Name: Harold T.

Hometown: Herndon, VA

High School: Herndon High School

Anticipated Major(s) and Minor(s): Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I first researched schools that had strong engineering programs that fit my major, then I searched for schools that would give me numerous research opportunities. Fortunately, Hopkins had exactly what I wanted. I then visited the campus and instantly fell in love with the campus, the welcoming feeling, and the quiet campus feel it gave even though it was located in a city! At this point, I found no argument against applying Early Decision, so I went for it and I’m glad I did!

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Anything chemistry related. I found my biggest passion for Chemistry in High School and it fascinates me every day! I enjoy seeing how everything around me pieces together and explains all the things that happens in our everyday lives. I then started tutoring peers in Chemistry and I found it easy and fun to be able to help others understand complex problems.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My family background made me who I am today. I always told myself that I wanted my future and the future of my family to be better than it is now. We weren’t in the best economic or social background, but it only made me work harder. I am currently first generation in my family and here I am setting the new family standard at Johns Hopkins!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Find somewhere you will thrive and be able to express all your talents. Many people go for the name of the school and don’t consider many other things. You need to find somewhere that you know you will be happy with and successful. When I saw all the research opportunities at Hopkins, I knew I would thrive there.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? I’m proud of the footprint I left for those around me. In my family, I’ve set the footprint of the “Treminio who got into a prestigious school,” something that hasn’t happened before. In High School, I’ve helped several of my peers and led many clubs, trying to make them all better than they already were. I was highly involved in every corner of our school: sports, clubs, performing arts, community, and tutoring. These activities helped shape me, and I believe I also helped them by making them bigger and stronger.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? As if I haven’t mentioned it so many times before…. research! I can’t wait to jump into my major along with other research opportunities! I enjoy learning new things and hope that one of these opportunities will grow into something big and help our community one day!

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _________________________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My friends who treated me like family and pushed me to my better self.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I want to be “that guy”. I want to be the person whose name everyone knows because I did something big that impacted our community. Whether it be something big or small, I hope to be an influential person who has helped and made his community better.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? You can always try harder of you set your mind to it. I would constantly place doubts on myself, but then I let my ambition slightly take control and I thrived! I was motivated into getting into the universities I applied to. I took every opportunity given to me in High School because I knew it would benefit me in the future. So, if you think something is out of your reach, it’s not! Go for it and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish!