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Name: GeonWoo K.

Hometown: Yongin, South Korea

Anticipated Majors: Chemistry/Chemical Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? As Hopkins is a famous university all over the world, I often heard of it since young age and vaguely dreamed of getting into the school. Then, as I matriculated to an international school in Jeju island from Korean public high school, I came to dream of entering Hopkins. The goal for applying to Hopkins solidied after the Engineering Innovation summer program. Hopkins was full of international students and was the place where I could solely concentrate on studying and enjoy the comfortable, quite city. After I came from the program and started my senior year, I started preparing to apply for Hopkins.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My parents; they gave me a lot of life lessons and are working so hard to keep me in track and to become a bette person.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? Do not stop people from coming or leaving; As it is written, it means do not stop people from coming or leaving. In terms of having relationship with other person, I think it is one’s decision to get along with others or do not be part of the community.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Since I leaved with my grandmother, politeness has become one of the main characteristics. Also, moving from Korean national school to American international school made me become more open to new culture and gave me an opportunity to expand my view on the world.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Always think of what kind of school life you want. The choice of school may be affected by weather, place, surroundings and more. All of these tiny aspects of the school will change your four years of college life.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Last Goodbye by AKMU(Korean Song)

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Studying with smart students from all over the world and making deep relationships with them.

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? My favorite singer, Akdong Musician and any type of ice cream would be a dreamlike event!

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ______________________.” my parents. Being a youngest child at home, my parents gave me a lot of support, sacrificing their own time.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) pharmaceutical company or government institution as a well-known figure 🙂