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Name: Emily Z.

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Anticipated Major: Applied Mathematics and Statistics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I took a campus tour at JHU over the summer and I was impressed by the comfortable design of the campus as well as the wide variety of programs and opportunities offered at the university. The vibe of the student body and their apparent passion for learning also drew me in to ultimately place this school at the top of my list.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -Lao Zi I believe that there are some aspects of life that we cannot control, and that it is better to accept some of our failures and move on to better ourselves instead of dwelling on our inadequacies.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Research, research, research! There are plenty of sources you can gather information from for you to evaluate: counselors, college presentations, admissions offices, or even current students. Pick one or two characteristics that you absolutely require, and then narrow your list down through comparison of other aspects.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m just looking forward to the new experience—living in a different city, learning a variety of advanced topics, and meeting people from all walks of life.

What crazy invention would you love to design? a machine that could reverse entropy where the input of energy is less than the output

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? As someone who is both a fan of the humanities and STEM, I would love to join a club or organization that can develop interdisciplinary ideas where the two fields can be combined in use.

If you could get ice cream with one person (real or imaginary; dead or alive), who would it be and what kind of ice cream would you get? Richard Feynman—and mint chocolate chip.