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Name: Akshay V.

Hometown: Leawood, Kansas

Anticipated Majors/Minors: Public Health Studies and Biology with a minor in Spanish

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? When I was a freshman, a senior in my speech and debate club said she was going there. I remember thinking I could only dream of going there after hearing how amazing and selective it is. I am passionate about research and public health, and Johns Hopkins seemed to have the best resources for me to pursue these passions. The city is also very beautiful, and it just felt meant to be when I first walked on campus for a visit. This wasn’t the deciding factor, but Johns Hopkins by far has the best color scheme and cutest mascot!

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Explore the city and do lots of shopping!

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you?When they go low, we go high-Michelle Obama. Even when others are awful and cruel, it is important to maintain your dignity and morality. Taking the high road is not always easy or fun, but it is always the right thing to do.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins?Meeting new and different people who share the same love of learning and research!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Have lots of options open and start looking into colleges as soon as you can. Make sure to visit the ones you are most serious about, and try picturing yourself at the college to know if it’s a good fit for you.

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? Lizzo and Rocky Road.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Getting a black belt in the 3rd grade.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Traveling the world as an epidemiologist working for the CDC!