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Name: Norah W.

Hometown: Westlake (Cleveland), Ohio

High School: Westlake High School

Anticipated Major(s) and Minor(s): (most likely) Public Health Studies with a minor in French

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I have been hearing about Hopkins and its expansive successes since my childhood, and when I visited the campus in August, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I decided to apply Early Decision because I could not see myself at any other university and because I knew Hopkins would be able to offer opportunities unparalleled by competing schools.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? When you choose a college, you choose it because it’s a good fit academically, obviously. However, a lot of high schoolers don’t realize that each college has a specific atmosphere and consequently a specific student population. So, in choosing a college, you are choosing the type of people that will serve as your family for the next four years. Being able to make that decision is a huge opportunity, so make sure that you vibe with both the school’s environment and its students.

What fictional character (Hermione Granger, Holden Caulfield, etc.) do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Pocahontas (although nonfictional) and Nancy Drew were my favorite characters growing up. They taught my 8-year-old self to always be kind, open-minded, and empathetic and to remain smart and self-sufficient.

What crazy invention would you love to design? This is not exactly an invention, but for several years I have wanted to discover a brand new color completely unfamiliar to the eye. I’ve been making art for most of my life, so I like to experiment with colors up and down the entire spectrum. Seeing a new color would change how I view the world and would definitely make painting more interesting!

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? French Club! I have been in my high school’s club for four years, and I have traveled to France twice with my French teacher. The language and culture both mean a lot to me, therefore, I cannot wait to get involved in French in college!

If you could get ice cream with one person (real or imaginary; dead or alive), who would it be and what kind of ice cream would you get? I would have ice cream with Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Moreover, her fields of medicine were obstetrics and gynecology, the two fields that I hope to enter. After being rejected by each of the major medical schools in the nation due to her sex, she was ultimately admitted to one as a joke, but she proved straightaway that she deserved to be there. I would get cookie dough ice cream from a shop in my hometown!

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Learn the ins and outs of the city! By the end of these next four years, I hope to know Baltimore’s intricacies like the back of my hand and be able to call it my second home.