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Name: Aliza L.

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Anticipated Major: Writing Seminars

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? I decided to apply because the writing program here is one of the best in the country, and it’s one of few top universities that has its own writing major separate from English.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I found a class in the academic catalog called “The Illustrated Short Story” that I believe encapsulates some of my favorite things in the world: writing and art. To be able to integrate design and prose together into a class would be a dream.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” (Michelangelo). This is how it feels to create. It is not the invention of something entirely new but the liberation of something already present. When I write, my ideas take on a life of their own, and I’m really only there to nurture them and dig them out from underneath the soil they’re buried under.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The Wayside School books by Louis Sachar. His stories taught me to be imaginative and a little weird.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Shizuku Tsukishima from Whisper of the Heart, an animated Japanese film. She spends the story writing a novel to test herself as a creative, losing sleep and failing classes because she’s so focused on her writing. I’m entering Hopkins with the need to test myself. I’m unsure about my future, but I want to spend my 4 years here doing as much as I can to see if I really have what it takes to be a writer.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I really want to get a job, explore the city, and make friends.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Winning a Silver Medal with Distinction for a writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. It’s a major national competition, so I’m very proud of earning that medal.