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Name: Christine W.

Hometown: Brea, California

Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I first heard the name “Johns Hopkins” during a conversation with my dad about his college experience. He got accepted to Hopkins, but unfortunately wasn’t able to afford the cost. I began doing a lot of research about Hopkins, and after learning about how amazing this school is, JHU has sat on the top of my college list. During senior year, I visited Hopkins and stayed with a current student in the dorms during the Fall Overnight Program. I applied Early Decision because I was sure that I wanted Hopkins to be my home for the next four years. From getting to study in the world-class Biomedical Engineering Program to being an NCAA athlete on the fencing team and everything in between, I can’t be happier with my decision to commit.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My 6th grade elementary school teacher, Mr. Kessel, had a significant, positive impact on my life and my goals. Moving back to the US from Taiwan after two years, I had a difficult time, both academically and socially. Mr. Kessel patiently helped me with everything I needed to get back on my feet and instilled confidence in me to aim high in life. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have applied to Hopkins!

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.” This quote not only gets me through tough times, but it also reminds me that I’ll always emerge stronger and wiser.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Volunteering around the city and fully experiencing all 4 seasons (I’ve lived in California for too long).

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Studying abroad during Intersession and the infinite amount of research opportunities.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? You will end up at the right place for you, and with the right mindset, you will be successful wherever you go. College isn’t the end goal; it’s another stepping stone to a bright future!

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Hidden Figures

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Discovering more of my academic and extracurricular interests with my peers!

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? Salted Caramel with Harley Quinn 😀

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) An astronaut 😀