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Name: Melissa A.

Hometown: Wappingers Falls, NY

Anticipated Major: Chemistry

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? One of the students from my high school got accepted last year and he said that if I wanted to be pre-med, Hopkins was the place to be! I decided to apply Early Decision because I fell in love with Hopkins the moment I stepped on campus and loved it more and more every time I learned something new about the university.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “One person can make a difference, and every person should try.” -JFK. This quote is so inspiring to me because it reminds me that no matter where you start, you can make a difference as long as you work hard.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My parents came to the United States in the late 1990’s in hopes of giving their families better lives and more opportunities. I’ve always tried to keep everything they have sacrificed to get here in mind as a way to motivate myself and do well in school.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? The community! I went down to Hopkins for the HOME program and every person I met there was just so kind! I know I will have the best time here!

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _________________________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My family!

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Stop procrastinating!