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Name: Joseph Y.

Hometown: St. John, IN

High School: Munster High School

Anticipated Major: Biophysics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I learned about JHU through friends and friends’ parents who all held the university in high regard. I applied ED because I knew JHU was right for me, and if I had applied regularly, I would’ve been too anxious to hear back from admissions!

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I can’t wait to start researching! I’ve never had the opportunity to get hands-on with my career path (it’s not particularly easy for a high school student to acquire specimen, gene editing tools, and a world-class facility), so I’m looking forward to working with professors and peers to do so.

What crazy invention would you love to design? When I was a kid, I had an idea for a FWD hybrid car that had miniature windmill turbines attached to the back axle. While the car drove, the back axle would turn and generate electricity for the car battery. (This was my 4th-grade solution to infinite energy.) Over time I learned that this feat is virtually impossible to pull off, but I’d love to design something even remotely similar.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? If I had the chance to talk to myself before junior year began, I’d try to prepare myself for what’s ahead. There’ll be a lot of late nights and early mornings, there’ll be weeks where you talk with group project members more than your immediate family, and there’ll only be more of those occasions as you get older… but the world is still yours for the taking. Don’t let the conditions around you limit yourself; you should do everything in your power to strive regardless of where you find yourself currently.