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Name: Alexander O-A.

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Anticipated Major and Minor: Molecular & Cellular Biology and Finance minor

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My mentor/professor Dr. Cunningham, he taught everything I know about science and molecular biology.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) The Microscopic War; The implications of bacteriophage

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” -Marie Curie

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Enjoy all the foodie places!

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Being in a Spanish household has allowed me to traverse both Latino and American culture; and there was something fulfilling when customers’ faces lightened when they found out that I understood their tongue when I worked in retail.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Blonde by Frank Ocean

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory; sums up my relationship with my sister.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I was the emcee of the a Super Smash Tournament at my school, which raised ~$270 for Australian Wildlife.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ______________________” My mom and her faith in me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In a lab blasting music in my ears while doing some research/lab work.