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Student Matthew

Name: Matthew K.

Hometown: Bordentown, NJ

Anticipated Major and Minor: Biomedical Engineering, Business minor

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered (and rediscovered) Hopkins through several avenues. My earliest exposure came during my middle school years, wherein I was obsessed with medical dramas, especially House MD. The titular doctor was a Hopkins alum, and this fact instantly connected, in my mind, to the world of medicine that I was introduced to then and in the following years. Hopkins would come to stand in my mind as one of the pillars of American medical education, and general biological advancement. Additionally, in 10th grade, we were asked to do a report on a biology / chemistry related field, and the one I selected was biomedical engineering; the connection to Hopkins seems obvious from there. Hopkins is far and away the leader in this field, and much of my research for the project featured the university and its breakthroughs (the da Vinci system being one of them). In fact, I loved this field so much that I decided to apply early decision to Hopkins for this reason, along with interactions with a friend’s sibling who went to the university and absolutely loved it.

What crazy invention would you love to design? I know this isn’t biomedical engineering, but I would love to have a kind of paper that, when viewed from an angle, is impossible to read, and can only be read head-on. This would be developed to prevent cheating on tests in a school setting.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? My selection to the New Jersey Scholars Program.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” ~ Niels Bohr

This quote reminds me that, just because I might not necessarily immediately understand a concept, or make mistakes during some pursuit of mine, doesn’t mean that I’m destined to never grasp it. It tells me, instead, that only after I’ve explored every avenue, made all the accompanying mistakes, and continued on regardless, will I ever be able to satisfactorily say I understand.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? As many things as possible. High School filled me with an intense thirst to get involved, especially in things that don’t typically align with my STEM-focused academic career. This involves, but is not limited to: Biology Club, Debate, Model UN, Swim, Theater, Community Service, and also research. I want to get heavily involved in research.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) The CEO and senior engineer and developer of a biomedical company that designs life-changing devices, like synthesized / artificial nerves to help people with severe brain damage. Like a biomedical engineering version of Elon Musk.

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Stop stressing, and read more for enjoyment.
What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Explore the city’s rich, diverse culture (and eat its food).