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student Emily

Name: Emily J.

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Anticipated Major: Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? My parents both graduated from the university, so it was my dream to attend and do research in the amazing laboratories the school has. I am a competitive tennis player so I was ultimately recruited to play tennis for the women’s team next year, which would actually have been my senior year in high school. However, I was beyond grateful for the opportunity to forego my senior year and committed to Hopkins in September.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “We rise by lifting others.” -Robert G Ingersoll

I think that dedicating your life to helping and bettering the conditions of other people is one of the most admirable things a person can do. This quote really embodies the spirit of fulfillment through selflessness

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My mom is from Taiwan, and my dad is Iranian and German, so I grew up with a deep love of different cultures. I appreciate traditions and cuisines from other countries, and really want to study abroad at some point while I am at Hopkins. Unfortunately I am not bilingual, but I hope to be fluent in Spanish by the end of college.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Do your research! I think it is important to understand the different things that each university has to offer, especially if you are unsure what you want to do after college. If atmosphere or safety is very important to you, taking a visit to the campus is always a good idea too. I found exactly what I wanted in Johns Hopkins, and I knew I wanted to apply early after I visited the campus and met some of the students.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Academics – I was awarded 1st Place/Top Poster at the Florida Junior Science Engineering and Humanities Symposium, and have the opportunity to represent my state at the National Symposium in New Mexico.

Sports – I was named the All Area Scholar Athlete of the Year (Academic Achievement Award) for the 2017-2018 tennis season. .

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am beyond excited to meet new people that share similar interests with me. I have been at the same school for 13 years, and have great friends, but I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know so many bright and talented new people! Besides that, I am looking forward to conducting my research in one of the laboratories on or off campus.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ___________________.” my mom and her constant support

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Hopefully in ten years I will be in a surgical residency, and will have published papers about the research I am currently working on and will continue at Hopkins.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Explore! I have never lived in a big city setting, and I am excited to immerse myself in the vibrant culture of the area in terms of both food and the area’s various attractions.