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image of 2022 student Ranjani

Name: Ranjani R.

Hometown: Mason, OH

Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I came to tour Hopkins during the summer of 2017, and I really liked the campus and atmosphere! The college town was also really cute, and seemed like the type of place I would enjoy. I applied Early Decision since I wanted to pursue biomedical engineering, and Hopkins is known for being a top-notch BME school.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Although the majority of my time has been dedicated to my Science Olympiad team throughout high school, I still found time to go to an art studio starting my junior year. I had always liked art and wanted to make it a consistent hobby, but it never seemed worth my time until last year. Through a lot of hard work and dedication I was able to submit a mixed media art portfolio to the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, in which I received a Gold Key regionally.

What are you most excited about for college and/or coming to Hopkins? Meeting new people and finding new coffee shops to study in!

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Either Avatar the Last Airbender or The Great Gatsby

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ______________.” Science Olympiad. I started high school extremely unsure about what it is that I would like to do with my life. To be quite honest, I’m still not totally 100% sure. Thanks to my participation in Science Olympiad, I think I’m finally on a track that I will like. My interest in Biomedical Engineering was acquired gradually, through my years of high school. During my freshman year, my venture into molecular biology through the Protein Modeling event awakened unseen interests in genetics and proteomics. Sophomore year saw the start of my love for physics, due to the It’s About Time event, which had a large focus on mechanics. Junior year compounded on my growing interests, through my participation in the Materials Science and Hovercraft events. The former introduced me to a field where chemistry could live in harmony with physics, while the latter introduced me to electrical systems and fluid mechanics. As my time in high school, and my time in Science Olympiad comes to an end, I realize that I don’t want to sacrifice any of these interests. And so I chose to pursue Biomedical Engineering, a field which incorporates the best aspects of all these branches of science, while allowing me to channel my passions to help others.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? I would tell myself that although junior year is stressful, and sometimes it may seem like nothing is going to plan, everything will and does get better. The most important things are to just stay resilient and stay determined and try to make the best out of any situation.