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Name: Jasmine (Yue Qiao) D.

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

High School: Dulwich College Beijing

Anticipated Major: History, Political Science

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I first saw Hopkins as a potential school for myself when I came across the university’s name while doing research for my history coursework. I’d always seen Hopkins as a medical school and it hadn’t occurred to me until then how diverse the research at Hopkins truly is.

I chose to apply early decision because, as cliché as it sounds, I knew it was the school I wanted to be at the most and that I’d have no regrets or doubts if I did get in. The more I read about Hopkins’ initiatives and research, the more I wanted to join the people at the university in doing them.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “The freedom of no one is safe unless the freedom of no one is safe” – The Canadian Civil Liberties Organization

I first came across this quote in law camp: I was handed a sticker with the quote by a volunteer at the association who had come to make a speech. To me, it’s something each and every one of us should be constantly reminding ourselves of when fear clouds our minds. We mustn’t allow ourselves to be separated by skin color, religion, or sexual orientation, because that’s the road to the destruction.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I grew up as a global citizen more so than as the citizen of one country. I’ve been educated in a Chinese kindergarten, a Canadian public school, an international school with an American curriculum, as well as one with a British curriculum. The result of this is that I’ve come into contact with many different cultures and I believe that it has played a massive part in my interest in human rights. Being in various different environments while growing up has helped me to see what can be achieved with the help of international and multicultural cooperation as well as what happens when peace is broken due to ignorance and selfishness.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? My advice would be to stop looking at names. In the end, if you don’t truly have passion for the university you’re applying to, it’ll show in every part of your application, not to mention the fact that you likely won’t even be happy there. Instead, take the time to research the universities that you truly have a reason for liking and dig deep so that you’re sure that this is the university for you.

Furthermore, do the research yourself. If you truly like the university, you don’t need a counselor to tell you the time to apply or what credits are accepted – the information is out there if you like the school enough to find it yourself.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? The accomplishment that I’m most proud of is the creation of my project at school: The Language Bridge Project. I created this project in response to the increasing gaps between children in junior school: those that did not have English as their first language were falling behind due to shyness created by the language barrier. Instead, they clumped together to babble in their own languages, something that would only force them further and further away from interactions with the environment and opportunities around them.

Through playing speaking games in English with them during lunchtime, a few high school students and I have helped them to open up. The problem at hand was never whether or not they could speak English: it was whether they were willing to. Since speaking with older students is much easier than speaking to teachers, with time, we were able to get them to open up and became accustomed to speaking English. In fact, a former teacher of one of the students told me that she’d never seen the girl talk so much ever.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m excited about being able to make more of an impact on society. What drew me to Hopkins the most was the amount of research that occurs there and not just in the traditionally thought of research subjects. I want to be able to produce similar research and help add to accumulated knowledge in society alongside learning.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I hope I’ll be able to succeed in my dream of becoming a lawyer in a big firm in Toronto! I’d also like to be able to contribute to human rights organizations such as Innocence Canada as well as the UN itself – I want to be a part of the changes and movements I see in news articles.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Stop panicking (as much as possible). It doesn’t help at all and only makes you do worse on exams. Instead, why not take a break and watch something or exercise? You don’t need that small amount of time to cram no matter how convinced you are that you need every minute.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m most excited to simply roam a new place. When I visited, I found that Baltimore was very different to any of the places I’ve lived in. My university counselor also mentioned that the crab dishes in Baltimore are pretty famous so I’m excited for that too.