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Name: A.J. W.

Hometown: Hong Kong

Anticipated Majors: Peabody Dual Degree – Dance and Physics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Johns Hopkins by chance. I was looking for schools that had dance programs as well as strong academics, and I knew one of my friends from summer camp had done a dual degree program there, so on my way up the east coast in April I decided to stop by and take a look. That’s when I fell in love with it! I decided to apply early decision because I knew that Johns Hopkins and Peabody were the only places where I could get a stellar education in Dance and in Physics. I had made up my mind back in April that JHU was where I wanted to be.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Living as an expat in Hong Kong has shaped my life in a variety of ways, but what I most appreciate about this way of life is that from a young age I have constantly been exposed to the plethora of cultures that surround me. My community is beautifully international, and my school has made sure that every year we have a chance to explore the different familial and cultural customs of the families in the community. Additionally, my closest friends are from all over: Taiwan, Japan, India, Argentina and Iran. By being a part of their families I have developed a powerful international mindset.

What crazy invention would you love to design? I would want to design a people scanner that could be installed in the brain. This scanner would be able to pick out people in a crowd that have some relation to you, through family or friends. The connections that we make with people through mutual friends or distant family have always fascinated me and I would love to know the ways in which I’m connected to everyone around me.

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 go with Amelia Earhart, and I would get chocolate chip cookie dough.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In 10 years, I see myself as a professional (most likely contemporary) dancer. Hopefully I’ll be in films and live performances. That’s not all, though- in 10 years I also see myself as having achieved a pilots license and with my sights out to find a job as an aeronautical physicist for an aircraft manufacturing company.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ___________________.” Jordy Noyce. She has been my dance teacher for about 10 years now and I couldn’t have done it without her. She is the reason that I am the dancer that I am today. She also choreographed my solo audition and made sure that I was completely prepared. I can’t thank her enough for what she has done for me.