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Name: Qing L.

Hometown: Gainesville, FL

Anticipated Majors: Biology, Computer Science

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? Hopkins became my dream school in 7th grade after I found out how prestigious it was as both a research institute and a university. I decided to apply early decision because I want to be somewhere that innovation and discovery thrive.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would love to teach Jokes 101. My sense of humor is a weird mix of puns, sarcasm, and dad jokes. I truly believe that by the end of the semester, every student in my class would be able to sneak at least one joke into every conversation. Grades would be 50% presentation, 30% participation, and 20% attendance. For presentations, students will be assigned a word in which they must find as many puns as possible associated with it. For participation, I will call on random students and they must make me laugh. For attendance, they will receive full credit for just coming to a 7:30 AM class.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? My favorite quote is “Burdens are made for shoulders strong enough to carry them”, spoken by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. This quote inspires me because it helps me realize that I’m strong enough to deal with whatever comes my way. Not everything in life is going to be easy; if we only had strengths, life wouldn’t have meaning. Life is meant to be lived, not to be feared.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Don’t apply based on rankings or other people’s recommendations! Apply based on your own interests, ambitions, and goals. Many people might want you to apply only top 10, apply 7-yr med, or apply only in-state for financial aid reasons. I encourage you to formulate your college list, not anyone else. If you really have a passion for something that a college has to offer, then there is no obstacle you cannot overcome. Each app takes a considerable amount of time to complete and perfect, so don’t spread yourself too thin. By applying to only colleges that you genuinely want to go to, you’ll be saving a lot of money and time!

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Hopkins. Getting in to Johns Hopkins has been my dream since the 7th grade. Before the 7th grade, I believed that intelligence was pre-determined by genetics, and that nothing I could do could change that. After Hopkins became my dream school, something inside me changed. I knew that with my current mindset, I wasn’t going anywhere. Instead of trusting in my innate abilities, I trusted in ability to work hard. For the past 6 years, I’ve believed that “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. If I ever wanted to quit, I just remembered that it I was working to an ultimate goal. In the end, I can confidently say that it was 100% worth it. I’ve never been so ecstatic and eager to be a part of something as I am to join Hopkins ’22!

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Being a twin, independence is not something I experience. I’ve had someone with me every step of the way (figuratively AND literally, sometimes). When I go to Hopkins, I’ll have to experience what it’s like to be on my own. Although I’m kind of scared I’ll screw up, I have faith that the Hopkins community will help me get on the right track. It’s time for this blue jay to leave her old nest.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I would love to join clubs that go on medical mission trips. There are so many different ways to better the world and serving others who are less fortunate than you is a fantastic way.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _______________________.” I wouldn’t not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for my church family. Growing up in a Chinese community, it was really easy for me to define myself by my academics and extracurriculars. I measured my sense of worth by how well I scored on a test, the place I got at a math competition, or how many clubs I was in. Whenever I was at church, I didn’t have to worry about pretending to be an intelligent genius. They showed me that my identity is not defined by a number or an award. That kind of continual love and support is what has kept me going in my lowest of times. I appreciate them so much, and they mean the world to me.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Sleep is really important!!! No matter how hard things get at school, you need to stay healthy! Take care of your physical body first, or else you won’t have the energy to finish everything else.