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Student Sai

Name: Sai C.

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Anticipated Major(s) and Minor: Molecular & Cellular Biology and Chemistry, minor in Mathematics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I was led to Johns Hopkins when I began my search for institutions that have historically placed an emphasis on the sciences and independent, student research. At the top of the list I formulated of prospective colleges, I immediately placed Johns Hopkins. From the beginning, the choice was simple. I wanted to pursue science and continue the research I have been doing in high school—while getting an opportunity to branch out into other academic domains—and Hopkins provided an exciting means to this end of mine. The more I learned about Hopkins and it’s rich culture, brewed by Blue Jays since 1876, the more I became enamored with the thought of spending the next stage of my life in Baltimore. Taking into account all these factors, I was always inclined to apply Early Decision and join other students hoping to break barriers.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My family’s voyages—as a result of my dad’s occupation—took us all around the world. From the pristine, sandy beaches of Cape Town to the overcast background on which glorious Big Ben is imprinted, my mind’s eye is thoroughly furnished with memories of my time in South Africa, England, India, and numerous states across America. The people I have met and connections I have made are everlasting. On this journey, I have often transferred schools and jumped around from one friend group to another as circumstances changed. And for the longest time, I was embarassed by this significant feature of my life because I was the perpetual, stock character-like “new kid.” But my perspective on my nomadic lifestlye has changed as I became more cognizant with maturity. I began to realize the gifts I have garnered as a result of the way my life has played out. For one, the rapidly changing environments of my upbringing encouraged me to adapt quickly and embrace a little uncertainty. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to meet so many great people while learning how to form interpersonal bridges—with those similar to and different from me. Each relationship crafted through mutual cooperation exposed me to new ideas and opened my mind to different points of view. My migratory past has taught me numerous lessons about the importance of establishing meaningful connections and recognizing the merit in beliefs that may not always concur with my own.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am truly looking forward to getting acquainted with the Class of 2023 during the Admitted Student Visit Day and over the course of the next four years in Baltimore because I believe that the college experience would be incomplete and bland without forming connections with the people. The most amazing aspect of college is the ability to cultivate a collective environment where everyone has an opportunity to participate in the discovering of the unknown, sharing of the unsaid, and challenging of the status quo.

If you could get ice cream with one person (real or imaginary; dead or alive), who would it be and what kind of ice cream would you get? I would get mint chocolate chip ice cream with Confucius.