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!