Name: Shenghao G.
Hometown: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
High School: Natick High School
Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I have been willing to study biomedical engineering since I was 5. When I was searching for schools that have great BME program, JHU pumped out as the first choice. The reason why I applied ED is that I know I want to go there and I’m fully prepared for that. I believe the chance would be greater for ED.
Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? Back in ancient China, there is a quote “There will always appear two same flowers in this world”, meaning that things will always recur along time. I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence for this quote, but I choose to believe it because it gives hope to me to make up things that I missed. Everyone has something that he or she regrets for, or missed, and a chance to redo those things can be too precious to measure. Another key point of the quote is that people has to wait, and that inspired my biggest dream: to live forever. I hope to break the limitation of human life and live forever. If I can do so, I can experience all my happiness, like time spent with my parents, and avoid my faults, like missing a girl that I can’t forget. As long as I live, there will be chance to achieve anything.
How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Both my parents are professors in college, so I literally grow up on a university campus. As they are both well-educated, they pay a lot of attention on my academic development as well as my moral integrity. They taught me to read from an early time and also helped me develop my music ability. I learnt that one can be poor but can lose his dignity or good manner. In my memory, they have never hit me. I learnt from them to solve things with logic and persuasion instead of pure emotion and force. It’s their behavior that affects me, not their word.
Also, growing up in a university campus, most people I met is elder than me. This experience teaches me to ignore people’s age but pay attention to their ability. I started playing sports and going to labs with undergraduate students since an early age so now I’m never afraid to talk with someone who seems superior to me. Never fear elder men, never ignore younger kids.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I think I’ll finish my doctor degree by that time and have already become a researcher, maybe a professor in a famous university (like JHU!). Becoming a teacher in college and have my own lab is always my dream. My research on prolonging human life should have entered a crucial phase or have big breakthrough. After another 10 years, the product will be out and I will be nominated for the Nobel Prize Hahah!