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Name: Kaitlyn S.

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? As I began my college search, Hopkins was at the back of my mind. I knew it was an excellent school with a stellar undergraduate research program, something I am very interested in. And, when I stepped foot on the campus as a junior, I instantly knew it was the perfect place for me. Through a guided tour, I fell in love with Hopkins’ atmosphere and its numerous extracurricular opportunities, such as Intersession. I decided to apply ED because I felt like I belonged at the school and desired to enter the biomedical engineering program.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My amazing parents. They have inspired and supported me through every aspect of my life, from intense health struggles to the college application process.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) The Physics of Ballet. As a ballet student, I have taken countless dance classes throughout my life. It wasn’t until I started AP Physics, however, that I realized how much easier a pirouette is when one considers the torque behind it.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Right before entering high school, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a severe allergy to gluten. It was quite an adjustment to give up bread and pasta, but I now have fun experimenting with new restaurants and foods!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Visit everywhere you can! Sometimes being on a campus feels completely different from how you imagined it. And, while you’re at the school, take advantage of the students walking around. They will share what they love and hate about where they are, opinions I found to be invaluable. (Of course, everyone at Hopkins gave glowing reports!)

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? I co-chaired my high school’s freshmen orientation program this past year. It was so rewarding to help incoming students gain confidence in their new school.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m most excited to meet new people, participate in challenging classes, and become involved in research.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Legally Blonde- I am forever inspired by Elle Woods’ determination!

What crazy invention would you love to design? Comfortable pointe shoes. As a ballet student, I have gotten way too many blisters from hours of pointe classes.

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? Michelle Obama. And chocolate, because you can never go wrong with chocolate.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In ten years, I hope to be leading a research project on autoimmune diseases. Ever since I developed Celiac Disease, I have grown fascinated with autoimmunity and aspire to develop treatments in the future.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m excited to explore the city and eat some good seafood.