Name: Yuchen Y.
Hometown: Beijing, China
Anticipated Major: Molecular & Cellular Biology
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I first heard the name of Hopkins when my mom came to the Johns Hopkins Hospital as an observer in the department of otorhinolaryngology for three months. From her recollection of that period of time, I was able to start to form a general picture about how the hospital and the medical school are cooperating together closely, connecting education with the real life-saving application. With that being said, the dream of getting into Hopkins and coming up with my own medicine-oriented career has settled in my mind, and so I’m here!
If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I guess that would be Chinese cuisine and food culture! As China is a country with more than five thousand years of history primarily based on the idea of group (society, family, etc.), we people put quite a lot emphasis on the reunion time with our family. Most of the time we spend our joyful time with our family planning what to eat, cooking what to eat, and finally enjoying the final happy time. The Chinese food is definitely not just the delicious food itself, but more like a culture that can trigger many people’s memory back to their childhood.
What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? My sincere suggestion would be to find as many current students to talk to as possible. During my college application season, I had bothered many freshmen or sophomores in the universities that I was interested in. I am very glad that they were super nice to me and gave me many valuable suggestions that greatly helped me navigate through that tough time.
What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? Losing more than 88 pounds! I used the treadmill every day for a whole year to burn the fats, and while I couldn’t run over a speed of 6.4km/h at first, I actually ran at 13km/h at the end of that year! It really encouraged me in the sense that I know I could do well in things that I want to do well in.