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student Katalina

Name: Katalita D.

Hometown: Goshen, NY

Anticipated Major(s): Computer Science and Film & Media Studies

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I found out that Johns Hopkins was having an information session in the city about a year ago and decided to go. After hearing what the representative had to say, I had a really good feeling that this was the school I wanted to go to. A lot of what is offered (from the research opportunities, the community life, the sports, and the academics) really fit what I was hoping to find in a college. While there were ultimately many factors that contributed to my decision, one of the things that really struck out at me was the open curriculum. I had always known I wanted to double major in two very different fields, and was happy to learn that JHU encouraged much diversity and freedom in learning. Not to mention, I’m excited to explore all that the city of Baltimore has to offer.

Who is the most influential person in your life? My papa 🙂

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? There’s this quote I remember reading in English class which was “my history is an everlasting possession, not a prize composition which is heard and forgotten” by Thucydides that really stuck to me. It just reminds me everyday that I am in charge of writing my own story, my history. And that I’m on this planet not just for myself, but to also inspire and be there for all those around me. Everyone’s story is important. I want to continue to hear everyone’s stories and be able to integrate a bit of their history with mine. I believe that every single story shared by someone on this planet is not one to be overlooked, and are some of the most sacred things to be cherished in life. And as long as I live everyday to the fullest, surrounded by my family and friends, I know it will mean something.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I grew up in Goshen, New York, which is a relatively small town if you think about it. When I first moved here, Goshen was a whole lot different than it is today. There were less people and I am often told it reminds some of the countryside. Right now, the first person I find outside of Orange County will probably give me that blank stare I usually get when referring to my town. But, give it a couple of years, and everyone will probably know it well with Legoland coming and all. However, I am glad to have gotten to know the town before this major change and been able to grow up in a community of people who showed nothing but love and support for each other. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to call home, and am excited for what great things lie for it in the future.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Throughout all my years in high school, everyone would constantly reassure me, “don’t worry, everyone ends up where they are meant to be.” Still, I worried. How could that possibly be true? However, each year the alumni of my high school would come back during their breaks, and each one of them would be glowing with joy about their college. I could not think of one single person that hasn’t been extremely happy with where they ended up. If you can, visit those schools that you are considering or go to an information session. Gather as much information as you can. Think of everything – what you want to study, where you want to live, any sports or instrument you might play, clubs you are in – just absolutely anything and everything. And then, after that, see if you can picture yourself going to that school. If you get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside when picturing the next four years of your life, I can guarantee you’ve found your perfect place to call home. But don’t stress too hard. Think about how far you’ve come and all you’ve accomplished. Be proud and just trust that your future will be as deserving as the hard work you put in.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m so excited to meet everyone on campus next year!

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? Stephen Curry – Cookies & Cream

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ____________________.” dad, mom, Jack, Jacob, Cassadee & my friends 🙂