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Name: Trifeena J.

Hometown: Lewisville, TX

High School: Hebron High School

Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? Hopkins has a world-renowned biomedical engineering program, so as I was doing my college search, it was at the top of the list. Visiting the campus over the summer, I absolutely fell in love with Hopkins and decided with my family we would apply Early Decision. Hopkins is my top choice school, so I knew Early Decision was the right choice for my family and me.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My family is the foundation to my life and the quintessential factor of how I have gotten this far in my life. Seeing the different obstacles my parents encountered has driven me to take advantage of all the opportunities I can and my family has supported me every step of the way. There is so much to experience in this beautiful world, and life is too short to be stopped by a single event. Traveling is also a family favorite: visiting new places allows one to reflect how blessed they are in their own lives as well as experience other cultures and lifestyles.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am most excited to see how I’ll grow as a person and handle all the challenges that are going to come my way. College is completely different from how I’ve lived my entire life. I’m looking forward to the new experiences, the classes that have so much to offer, professors from whom I can learn so much from, and friends that are yet to be known.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In ten years, I hope to find myself working in NASA’s Mission Control alongside fellow scientists and engineers. Space travel is a huge passion of mine, so NASA is the ultimate dream job. There are so many applications to the research NASA conducts (not just launching rockets into space), and I would love to be a part of the ground-breaking innovation.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? If I could advice my junior-year-of-high-school-self, I’d say, “Keep up the hard work! It’ll be worth it in the end!”

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m excited to explore the Baltimore music scene and discover the city with all its hidden treasures!