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Student Chris

Name: Chris P.

Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

Anticipated Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? Funny enough, I first discovered Hopkins after watching “The Social Network.” While set in a different school :), I remember my brother telling me that it was actually shot in Hopkins. In my sophomore year, I got the chance to study and live at Hopkins for two weeks. This experience, along with many info sessions and interactions with other students, made me fall in love with the school and opportunities it offered.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My Cross Country/Track Coaches.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Passion is a choice. You need to choose to be great. It’s not a chance, it’s a choice.” (Eliud Kipchoge)

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Relax! It all works out in the end.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Founding my own not-for-profit organization that collected, cleaned, and donated used athletic shoes around Orange County which eventually partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Irvine.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Meeting new people from diverse backgrounds and expanding my worldview!
What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? “Salad Days” by Mac DeMarco
Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _________________.” The research I conducted at the Microbiomechanics Lab to identify and define the importance of leader neurons in neural networks with an Optogenetic Platform because it inspired me to pursue a field in Mechanical Engineering.