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Name: Katie S.

Hometown: New York, NY / Singapore

Anticipated Major: Public Health Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered JHU through the recommendation of my counselor but it wasn’t until I attended an admissions event that I fell in love with the school. One deciding factor in my application process was the conversations I had with current students. Everyone I reached out to was more than happy to share why they chose Hopkins, and I was able to gain such a clear image of everything Hopkins has to offer past its stellar academics, including its wacky campus traditions (like the yearly migration of pink flamingoes!). The stories shared with me about the vibrant student body and incredible opportunities waiting on campus completely shattered any misconceptions I had about JHU being simply renowned for its pre-Med programs. In the end, I decided to apply ED because I knew that no matter which school I was accepted into, I would choose Hopkins every single time.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Be where your feet are.” It is so easy nowadays to be constantly on the move, whether it be physically or mentally. With so much information and many distractions constantly demanding our attention, I often find myself thinking of tens of other things I could be doing or places I could be. This motto reminds me to be present in the moment and stay focused on what is happening in the here and now. After all, it is always surprising how quickly the future can become our past.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Trust your own instincts and listen to yourself! There are so many (sometimes potentially overwhelming) opinions, whether it be from online forums or close friends and family, that can muddle your college search. While it is always great to hear other people’s perspectives, in the end you are the one person that is actually going to be spending four years of your life attending that college. Remember that the same exact experience can be perceived very differently depending on who that person is! So, no matter what everyone else thinks, make sure you follow your intuition about which school is the right choice and fit for YOU.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I have always had a passion for service and was very excited to learn of the numerous ways Hopkins students are able to volunteer and serve. I hope to get involved in the Center for Social Concern and join at least one of the more than 50 (!) student-led groups that are active in Baltimore. I love that Hopkins consists of individuals that not only care about the unique challenges and concerns that the city faces, but take the time to do their part to help out in their greater community.