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Name: Brandon T.

Hometown: Warren, NJ

Anticipated Major: Computer Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Hopkins through word of mouth and the Center of Talented Youth program. I decided to apply because JHU had the best combination of quality engineering and music programs, and my friends who went had a great time.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Electric Instruments Engineering. This seems right down my alley because I love building things with my hands, I love playing instruments and listening to music, and it aligns with my intended major.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? If you open a history textbook to anything about China in the past 100 years, chances are my family was somehow involved. Both my parents lived through Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution as young children, and my mom was living Beijing during the Tiananmen Square protests. My grandpa was living in Nanjing during WWII when the Japanese invaded it. Nothing as tragic has happened to me (yet), and it’s a lot to live up to.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Getting into my middle school baseball team as a sixth grader. I was the only sixth grader to do it that year and it’s been my defining athletic moment in a pretty disappointing athletic career.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m most excited to meet new people, like I am at any new place I go to. Hopkins especially is filled with wonderfully smart people who I am excited to talk to and learn with.

What crazy invention would you love to design? I would love to create a machine that records your dreams and plays them back like a movie. I think my dreams have pretty good narratives, and it would be cool to play them back.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I would love to find a group of musicians and jam out every week or so. I know Peabody attracts some of the best musicians from around the world, and it would be great to play with them.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Take more naps. That’s all.