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Name: Em A.

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Anticipated Major(s): Chemistry Major, Mathematics Minor, Computer Science Minor

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision?
I toured Hopkins because it was on my list and convenient to see whilst touring another school that I thought would have been perfect for me. I ended up hating the other school and having it completely not click with who I am, while falling in love with Hopkins. I had heard of Johns Hopkins as a medical school and place for biology majors but it was not until I toured that I realized how focused this place is on research and the betterment of humanity through knowledge. Additionally, through a large amount of competition in my high school class, I was looking for a place that has a high level of rigor in academics while simultaneously supporting everyone and their separate academic endeavors. The concept of higher education is inherently collaborative, nowhere else that I toured had the same emphasis on teamwork and collaboration which is built into the academic support and advising programs. Johns Hopkins is the perfect mixture of somewhere which will push me greatly academically and a place that will support me and my peers in our transition to adulthood.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore?
I am so excited to use the public transportation. The town I live in is small so doesn’t have much public transportation, but as a college student without a car, I will have to get outside of my comfort zone in order to fully explore Baltimore.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life?
My favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. For the last couple of years, I have used this book as a bedtime story for my campers since I am a counselor at a summer camp. I loved this book on its own, but now hearing all my girls ask me about this story that they didn’t fully understand because they fell asleep makes me love it even more. I love how L’Engle is shamelessly telling young girls that they are special and have the ability to do whatever they want while simultaneously engaging them in a magical fantasy story.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!)

I am really proud of my Gold Award! I worked with my local LGBT Community Center to make a directory of open and affirming businesses and got to meet so many inspiring people along the way. I am incredibly proud of making something that will last for a long time and that will positively impact many people.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for __________________.”

I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for my mom. It’s cheesy, I know. But she is the one who put Hopkins on my college list and decided that it would be the best place to go when we had a weekend for college tours. She has constantly validated my gut reactions about colleges and life, so after a miserable rainy tour when I knew I loved Hopkins she went along with it. She has been there for me to convince my self-deprecating voice that I actually was a great candidate for this school while applying. She celebrated with me when I got in and is just as excited for me even though it means that her only child is getting ready to leave her. I am just constantly inspired and supported by this amazing woman and hope to somehow give back to her all she has done for me.