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Name: Josena J.

Hometown: Oceanside, CA

Anticipated Majors: Molecular and Cellular Biology and International Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Hopkins in my basement mulling through medical journals my father had worked on with his publishing company, but I decided to apply upon realizing that in a world full of questions, at Hopkins everyone is searching for answers.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My father

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “The world owes you nothing, it was here first.” It’s a quote at my school that I walk by everyday and it’s had a significant impact on how I approached my life. If I want something badly enough, I know that I have to work for it.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I am a first generation college student and my parents are immigrants from India where girls like me would have been lucky to pass the 10th grade. Resultantly, I’m extremely grateful for every blessing and opportunity I’ve had afforded to me.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Be true to yourself. You’re no longer in the business of pleasing others because every decision you make from this point forward is for your life.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m hoping to find my niche of semi-sporty, meme-loving, sarcastic, MUN dweebs who also want to be doctors.

What crazy invention would you love to design? Glasses that let you see situations from the perspective of another.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to do some impactive community service.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _________________.”  My brother, my biggest advocate.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In Kerala, India teaching community health workers the importance of HIV preventative care.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Relax. You’re doing the best you can so just take a deep breath and let your hard work speak for itself. I’m proud of you.