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student Hanan

Name: Hanan A.

Hometown: Dubai, UAE

Anticipated Major: Undecided

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Hopkins through my brother, who thought that Hopkins would be a perfect match for me. After some research and speaking to current students, I found out that Hopkins really is the place for me to be. It had everything I was looking for in a university, and more! My desire to attend this dream school grew larger every day, and so I decided to apply Early Decision to my top choice school.

Who is the most influential person in your life? Definitely my mom. She has taught me so much and I could never thank her enough.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Analysing Shakespeare.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I come from a humble background. Visiting my hometown every once in a while reminds me of where I come from and what so many go through each day. It’s been a critical aspect of my upbringing, and has taught me not to take things for granted.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Do not choose for prestige, and don’t let someone else decide your future. Instead, picture where you want to be in 15 years. Do intensive research to find the university that will get you there, and even visit the school if you can. If you get rejected, don’t let that affect you. You were too good for them anyway!

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Getting accepted to Hopkins is definitely at the top of my list.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? They say that university is a drastic change from high school. I’m excited for what that will bring. I can’t wait for all the all-nighters, cramming sessions, and the many tears I have yet to shed. All jokes aside, I’m looking forward to my next four years at Hopkins.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t stress so much, it’s bad for your health. Enjoy life, and trust yourself.
What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m excited to try the food at Baltimore, and explore the area.