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Name: Rhea S.

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Anticipated Major: Public Health Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I visited Hopkins the summer before my junior year and fell in love with all the research opportunities, campus, and amazing academic programs. Also I loved the size of Hopkins since I wanted a medium sized school in the city with all the opportunities of a large school. As an intended public health major, Hopkins world class public health program was the deciding factor for me to apply Early Decision. Hopkins’ location was also very important to me since growing up in suburban Upstate New York, I knew I wanted to be in a big city. I was absolutely terrified by this huge leap of faith due to the highly competitive nature of Hopkins admissions but I could not be happier with my decision (I started bawling when I found out I got in).

Who is the most influential person in your life? The most influential person in my life is my twin sister, Rati. She is the exact opposite of me and always pushes me outside of my comfort zone. We have never spent more than 5 days apart and being over 7 hours away from her next year will definitely be a unique experience. But, I am looking forward to this transition in our lives and what we accomplish.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Nevertheless, she persisted.” This quote reminds me whenever I find myself in a stressful or difficult situation just to push through. I know I have persevered through harder situations before which have prepared me to tackle anything.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? My biggest piece of advice for high school students is to keep an open mind when looking at schools. I know personally I have been influenced by the opinions of my friends before even walking on the campus of some schools. At the end of the day, you are going to be making your college decision and it has to be the right fit for YOU, not because your friends like or don’t like it.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am most excited to experience life in a big city. Coming from Upstate New York, I have always wanted to go to college in a big city and experience the unique culture and the variety of food, attractions, and diverse population. I’m also super excited for all the amazing, one-of-kind classes I will be able to take and fully explore all of my academic interests.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? On campus I hope to join Active Minds, American Mock World Health Organization, Research in neuroscience or public health, JHUMUNC, and and the Refugee Action Project.

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 want to get ice cream with Emma Watson and I would get coffee ice cream.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ____________________.” I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins of it weren’t for my parents and their endless love and support.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? I would tell myself to keep working hard because hard work never goes unrewarded.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I am most excited to explore the Baltimore food scene and explore the Inner Harbor.