Name: Czarina A.
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Anticipated Majors: Biophysics and Public Health
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? I visited Hopkins after my freshman year at the request of my mom. As a pediatrician, she always had her old copy of the Harriet Lane handbook (a concise manual containing point-of-care clinical information) with a picture of the Johns Hopkins Medical School dome on the front cover. After seeing the dome in person, Hopkins has sat on the top of my college list. Two years later, speaking with Coach Young and members of the fencing team helped me to realize that Hopkins would be the best environment for me to grow as a fencer and as a student.
Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill. This quote inspires me to look past my achievements and my shortcomings and embrace the opportunities presented to me without being afraid to fail.
What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Try a lot of restaurants and find good bubble tea!
What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Dream big and work hard! It’s important to find a place that aligns with your goals but also your personality.
What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Being selected as the NJ state honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last year. I was chosen for my volunteer work in the Philippines, where I founded a vaccination initiative called Give It a Shot that provides free pneumococcal vaccines to daycare aged children. The award helped bring attention to Give It a Shot, resulting in enough funds to vaccinate 250 children this past summer. Give It a Shot enables me to help others and take an active part in making healthcare accessible to everyone.