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Name: Kale H.

Hometown: Davenport, IA

High School: Assumption High School

Anticipated Major(s) and Minor(s): Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? For years, I have heard about new treatments and advances to combat cancer or other diseases, like zika, that have been produced at Hopkins; however, I truly discovered JHU during my sophomore year. After suffering a life-altering spinal cord injury—known as transverse myelitis—two years ago, my local neurologist recommended that I visit the Transverse Myelitis Center at Hopkins Med to receive a better understanding of my condition. At the end of September 2017, I was able to finally visit the center. I received excellent care from the doctors and was able to tour a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center. The next day, I finally stepped onto the Homewood campus. During the information session and campus tour, I kept smiling and mouthing “This is it!” at my parents. JHU’s close-knit, 140-acre campus that houses ardent students who are filled to the brim with intellectual curiosity made it easy for me to apply early decision. In addition to the endless academic, research, and social pursuits, I will receive care from the hospital at the forefront of medicine.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would love to teach the Neurobiology and Diseases of the Peripheral Nervous System course. Due to my spinal cord injury, I have experienced first-hand the negative effects that occur when peripheral nerves do not function correctly. I would pair my experience of peripheral nerve disorders with Professor Farah’s knowledge to produce one of the most exciting and educating neuroscience courses ever taught.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? The late Steve Jobs once famously said, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” This motto reminds me to challenge the status quo and never conform in hope of creating a better world. At Hopkins, I will use this motto in my academic and research pursuits. I desire to combine the knowledge I learn from my neuroscience major with my research of spinal cord injuries to eventually generate a cure for paralysis. Since I will hit many brick walls in my journey to cure paralysis, this motto will remind me to never give up and try the unconventional route.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? My advice is to not only visit the campus but also envision yourself there. Do you like the size of the campus? How far are the residence halls from the dining halls and classrooms? What is the ambiance surrounding the campus? Create a mental list and rate the college on whether they fulfill your desires or not. Remember, you will be spending four years at your new home, so complete a thorough evaluation of the campus during the tour to make certain it is the right fit for you.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Exploring a new city! I have lived in the Midwest my entire life, so I am extremely excited to call the Northeast my new home. Baltimore is a dynamic city with much to offer a young adult. Additionally, D.C., Philadelphia, and NYC are only a train ride away! I am ready to trade the Iowa corn for the East Coast seafood.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _________________________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for my loving, supportive mom and passionate teachers who have pushed me to extreme limits in order to prepare me for the rigor of Hopkins.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself in the midst of a MD/PhD program at Hopkins Med and on the brink of curing paralysis.