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student Ryuichi

Name: Ryuichi H.

Hometown: Torrance, CA

Anticipated Major and Minor: Behavior Bio; potential music minor

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Hopkins through one of my mentors at an internship I did over summer. He graduated the Bloomberg School of Public Health and his character really motivated me to become a well-rounded leader like him. He helped me develop my personal statement and taught me how to look at people in multiple perspectives. I considered other schools to Early Decision to as well, but I made up my mind when I found out that Hopkins ranks top in Behavioral Biology and values an interdisciplinary style education. I also like the mascot.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? I think the best thing to do is to find a school naturally. Think about a person you vibe with, a person you feel really comfortable talking to, or a person that you just admire. Chances are you’re going to naturally get attracted to the school that person went to/ is going. If you search for schools based on statistics or reputation, it’s going to be emotionally painful when you get a rejection letter (because you might feel under-qualified, which obviously you’re not if you’ve gone this far into reading Hopkins Insider). Obviously, it’s important the school has all the things you want in your education, but I just think “top schools” aren’t meant for every single person and accepting it is super important. This is only one way to approach the college search process and I wish everyone the best of luck!

If you could give your junior-year-of-high-school-self one piece of advice, what would it be? Chill out. I kept looking at the people around me to compare who would most likely get into college. That was so unnecessary. At that point, don’t try to do new things solely for college applications (of course if you find a new hobby great!). Just do what you like and to be honest that’s all that matters. Enjoy your life and talk about what you like to do and why on your college essays!
What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? FOOD and ART MUSEUMS and THAT LIBRARY.