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Name: William C.

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Anticipated Major: Biology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I first heard of Johns Hopkins when my older sister started the college application process 8 years ago with strong premedical ambitions. I found myself in her shoes last year and began researching colleges with renowned premed programs. Hopkins’ warm attitude towards the diversity of thought and its serious expectations for self-discipline were so authentically portrayed through its website and alumni testimonies that I promptly recognized the university as one that almost uncannily matched my personal values, and resolved to apply for Early Decision.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “The roots of education are bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Although perhaps a simple and cliché quote on perseverance, this aristotelian statement signifies my first stage of maturity when I heard this quote at the juvenile age of 10 and adopted it as a personal mantra. Although too young at the time to comprehend the future challenges I would face, I currently use the quote as a reminder of that pure drive to endure the periodic growing pains of learning, and now strive to fully restore that once-naive hunger for the fruits of knowledge.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Analyzing even the most trivial details of colleges, such as the diction of the mission statements, the photos displayed on the websites or the daily school news on their homepages, will significantly impact your understanding of each college, and help you communicate your personality in a way that best fits each institution.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? As a music geek, I hope to pursue my passion for choral performance by joining one of the many choruses on the Hopkins campus, such as the Peabody-Hopkins chorus or the Peabody Singers. I was also excited to see a club dedicated entirely to Parliamentary Debate: an event which I thoroughly enjoyed competing in throughout high school, and hope to continue in the collegiate arena.