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Name: Leila H.

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Anticipated Major and Minors: Public Health Studies with a double minor in Bioethics and Women, Gender and Sexuality

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? After expressing my interest in studying public health, my counselor recommended that I look into Johns Hopkins. I researched the academic programs and student life at Hopkins, and I soon toured the campus. Hopkins quickly became my first choice school. Through many discussions with my mom and through reading posts on Hopkins Insider, I decided to apply Early Decision. I saw myself being happiest at Hopkins with its many research opportunities and its curious, engaged student body.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Learning from my professors, from research, from interacting with my peers, and from living in Baltimore.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The Little Prince. My mom read it to me when I was little, but I did not grasp its message until high school. This story encouraged me to hold on to my creativity and humor into adulthood, and it taught me the value of exploration.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I am interested in getting involved in research, specifically in women’s health policy. I also hope to join organizations like the Public Policy Consulting Group, American Mock World Health Organization, and Outdoors Club.

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? Pistachio gelato with Bobby Kennedy.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for __________________.” My mom. She has encouraged me in all of my endeavors; she has given me excellent advice when I need it most; she has shown me as a single-mother just how strong women are.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I am excited to eat, study in new coffee shops, explore museums and independent bookstores, and experience all four seasons.