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Name: Ryan E.

Hometown: Irvine, CA

High School: University High School

Anticipated Major(s) and Minor(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology and Political Science with a minor in French

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? Attending a local, off-campus information session hosted by Hopkins truly showed me the unique academic freedom offered by the university that I believe no other institution offers. From the ability to explore any of your wildest research endeavors to taking classes in subjects you have a fiery passion for, I was excited to join a campus that valued curiosity and adventure.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would undoubtedly teach the Build-a-Genome course at Hopkins, which aims to use the collaborative atmosphere on campus in order to construct the first ever synthetic yeast cell.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Being the first Iranian-American in my family to be born in the U.S. has made me more passionate about connecting with others who have their own distinct upbringing, as understanding their unique perspectives further reinforces how invaluable cultural diversity is.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? To actively search for a college that serves as one’s best fit, and then to visit Hopkins’ website and reconsider any previous decision.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Founding and leading my own student organization that sought to tackle Orange County’s poverty crisis, which eventually served as a third party with the Irvine-based non-profit “Families Forward”.

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 choose Jon Stewart, the former host of the satirical news program “The Daily Show”, to go out with me and buy the ice cream flavor that tops all others: mint and chocolate chip.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? To take a few causes that he is passionate about and completely run wild with them, unafraid of going out of his comfort zone when diving into his ambitions.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I am excited to observe the thriving arts scene in Baltimore and visit the many museums located around the city. Exploring the Inner Harbor is also a must.