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Name: Kristen L.

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Anticipated Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? When I decided that I wanted to pursue a STEM major, I did some research online and discovered Hopkins as one of the best universities for science and medicine. After reading about the positive experiences of current students, I knew I wanted to apply and could see myself thriving and being very happy there. With the encouragements of my parents, I decided to apply Early Decision and chose JHU as my first choice school.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Regardless of how your parents, teachers, and friends may influence you, the most important factor in finding the right college is whether or not it will be good for you, not them. Don’t take others’ advice lightly, but remember that in the end, you’ll be the one attending the school. Be proud of your hard work and who you are. You deserve the best.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Interacting with my classmates and making new friends.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Research, Volunteer work, and Campus outreach & ministry.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ________________.” My parents. No matter how often we disagree on many different things, my parents consistently support me in my academic goals and always remind me to give everything I have before giving up. They provide everything I need, and more. Without their guidance, I wouldn’t have been able to create dreams for myself and later see them unfold.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m excited to discover new food places and visit touristy locations. Since I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life, I also anticipate a personal eye-opening experience come fall/winter in Baltimore.