Name: Kerim B.
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Anticipated Major: Political Science
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I knew that I wanted study political science and that Hopkins had one of the best programs available. My stepmom -a proud Hopkins alumni- encouraged me that the warm and genuine atmosphere would be an excellent fit for my character. I applied Early Decision because I was convinced that Hopkins would be a perfect match and feel incredibly proud to be admitted to the Class of 2023.
If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Shifts in campaigning in the post-truth political era.
What fictional character (Hermione Granger, Holden Caulfield, etc.) do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? I relate most to Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. Aside from his radical political views, I identify with his sarcastic sense of humor, his annoyingly strict principles, and his loyalty to the people he cares about.
What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Listening to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” album on vinyl has always inspired me. His voice and the lyrics bring me a sense of optimism and empowerment.
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? I would get salted caramel ice cream with Sigmund Freud, and would look forward to hearing his psychological interpretation of my flavor choice.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself working for a think tank in Washington D.C.
If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? I would tell my junior-year-self to not waste time worrying about the future.