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Name: Mason S.

Hometown: Fontana, CA

Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Johns Hopkins through a friend, who had graduated the previous year. Also, in middle school, I watched the movie “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.” This gave me a faint idea that Johns Hopkins is a very special and unique school, with people like Ben Carson thriving there and becoming successful. Intrigued about the school, along with the research I did, I felt that Johns Hopkins would be a great school for me to aim for and apply to ED.

Who is the most influential person in your life? The most influential person in my life would have to be my grandpa. He has always been there for me, guiding me and being my best friend, sharing common experiences.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I come from two distinct cultures. Both of my parents are from China, but I was born in America. As an American-Born Citizen, I have experienced both the customs here in America as well as the traditions in China, from celebrating Halloween to the Mid Autumn Festival. I have a firm understanding of seeing things through different cultural lenses and having an open mind in decision making and defining who I am today.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Be smart and active with your goals when researching for a college. Do not just aim for a dream school without researching its requirements as well as the necessary test scores and extracurriculars needed. Don’t be intimidated by all the information, just focus on one closely and move on to the rest.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am very excited to be collaborating for the next four years of my life with some of the most motivated and hardworking students and participating research work with professors in high tech labs.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” had a profound influence on my life.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to be involved in many clubs such as volunteering and research, along with sports such as badminton and games such as chess.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I would see myself as a successful biomedical engineer working at a prestigious biotech company, inventing and creating new cures and devices to aid disabilities.