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Name: Annie H.

Hometown: Gainesville, FL

Anticipated Major(s): Neuroscience and Public Health Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? In 8th grade, a friend of mine told me he had decided not to attend our final middle school orchestra performance since his sister was graduating from Johns Hopkins and he wanted to be there for her when she did. 3 years down the line, after much contemplation and research done for college admissions, I knew I held a passion for the natural sciences and that Hopkins would be my top choice the following year. As the Nation’s top research university, joining a world-class faculty in contributing to new discoveries that would benefit generations down the road is what I knew would satisfy my ambitious aspirations. Furthermore, the Johns Hopkins Hospital also offers much to not only myself but the Baltimore community as well. As a graduate of this top university, I could go far and beyond to achieve any of my dreams. So, I EDed to my dream school and saved my family some money at the same time.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My mother is the strongest person I have ever known.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Growing up in a single parent family, I’ve experienced both less and more than I have noticed my peers have over the years. On one hand, I count myself incredibly blessed to have at least one person show unconditional love for me. On the other, both the trivial and nontrivial things I had thought I needed but lacked while maturing from an adolescent to an adult occasionally frustrated me and left me sulking and questioning myself. However, life has been kind to me. Over the years I have had the great fortune to meet many wonderful people who have taught me the importance of diligence, ambition, and loyalty. I am only where I am today because of these unforgettable individuals. A proud blue jay.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Life goes differently for different people. No matter where you come from if there is a goal you desperately want to achieve give your all into it. I know being in high school is tough, I was surrounded by many amazing people who I never thought I could ever stand shoulder to shoulder with, but if you do your best the outcome may surprise you.

What crazy invention would you love to design? My mom always complains that I’m too picky for my own good. In a few years time, perhaps I could solve her problem by creating an auto-mood cuisine cooker. Then, I’ll name it after her, so she’ll have to forgive my picky palate during these past 17 years.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Going to JHU.