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Name: Sandy C.

Hometown: Boylston, MA

Anticipated Major: Undecided

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? My cousin had a friend who went to Hopkins and loved it, recommending me to go in for a tour. After the Health insider presentation and campus tour, I ended up spending the entire day on campus; I didn’t want to leave! I was hooked by everything the school had to offer; it felt like it was custom-made just for me! I was never a one-subject student, and I was looking for a fun and diverse community where it was the norm to be an everything student that loved learning. Hopkins was just that! My mom always told me that I should go with where I saw myself and I could thrive. And Hopkins felt like my home! I knew that this was the perfect school for me. If anyone saw me on campus that day, I was running around like a little kid, pointing and gaping at everything, trying to meet and talk to as many students as possible. Not only was the campus beautiful, but the student body was supportive and engaging and I felt excited about every little piece of the school: the research, the diverse curriculum, the courses, and exploring what I’m capable of in such an inspiring place. I couldn’t be happier that I’m a new member of the Hop community!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Pick the school that makes you feel empowered and where you can best see yourself. When you’re on a college visit, see if you can picture yourself in the classrooms and on campus. You want to be at a college where you can thrive as an intellectual and also be happy! Don’t just choose your school based on the prestigious name, base it on where will make you prestigious for yourself!

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Nina Rosario from the musical “In the Heights”. No one worries about her being successful because of everything she has managed to achieve, but she still has her fears of failing and letting others down who had so much faith in her. She’s a very hard-working girl who’s strove her whole life to make her family and home proud but is still trying to figure out who she is in life.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m excited to be independent at a school taking classes with ambitious, diverse, and engaging people who want to and love to learn, learning about their different backgrounds and stories.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I’d love to get involved in any theatrical or music programs, play soccer at any level and get involved in other sports or outdoor clubs! I hope to do more volunteer work in absolutely anything to help out other people. But I also want to see what new things Hopkins has to offer; I’m willing to try out anything exciting!

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for __________________.” My parents, who pushed me to be my best and never gave up on my abilities and the Halo Top ice cream I ate on all those late nights of work and essay writing.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Take a moment to breathe, relax, and appreciate what you’ve accomplished so far. Everything seems rough and stressful right now, but know that hard-work and dedication will get you far. Don’t give up, but stop and be grateful for where you are now from where you started!

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Explore and eat food!