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Name: Lidia B.

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Anticipated majors: Computer science with a minor in music

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? I have an aunt who lives pretty close to Hopkins, and while I was in my college search, she kept suggesting to me to apply. And, while I thought it was an unrealistic shot in the dark at the time, I did.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? How to teach yourself calculus from a YouTube video.

Is there a quote or motto that that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Can you match my resolve? If so then you will succeed. I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.” It’s a lengthy quote by the late animator Monty Oum, but it means the world to me. It’s a good reminder that I am so much more than just myself, and if I truly try and put effort into something, it means something, it has an impact. I can have an impact so much bigger than I could ever dream.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Things change. No matter how set in stone you think your college choice is, or what state you’re going to end up in. Things change, and you should be open minded to these change of plans. That is exactly how I ended up here, where I’m truly meant to be.

What about college and/or coming to Hopkins are you most excited for? Besides getting a new push and challenge in my academics, I think I’m most excited about the change of environment. Baltimore is so far and different from my home in Vegas, and while I’m like kind of terrified, I can’t wait for this new part of my life to start, almost 2,500 miles from the place I spent the last 18 years of my life.