Name: Catherine W.
Hometown: Taiwan, residing in New York
Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I heard about Hopkins from other students, but what made me apply was the Biomedical Engineering major, which was a combination of everything I was interested in. I applied ED because after researching about JHU and BME, I wasn’t attracted to any other college.
Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? How you do anything is how you do everything. I heard this phrase a few years back, and it inspired me to work hard no matter what I do. Whether it be folding my duvet in the morning or writing an essay, I realized that when I slacked off, I lost motivation little by little over time. I adopted this motto to remind myself to stay strong and try my best.
How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I moved a lot throughout my life, and had to adjust and adapt to my environment numerous times. I’ve met people of different origins, and made many friends. Moving around and meeting people of different cultures have allowed me to be more open-minded and interested in the world.
If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? My advice would be: college is a brick on the road, not the destination. I worried a lot throughout junior year, putting too much emphasis on getting into college, and not thinking about anything beyond that. When I confided in my brother about my concerns, he told me college was not going to be the end of everything. After hearing that, a lot of the pressure I felt was lifted off my shoulders.