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Name: Hongyi D.

Hometown: Beijing

Anticipated Majors: Cognitive Science and Writing Sems

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My mother, for opening my eyes to the world and teaching me morals that shaped me as a person.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) The Power of Pen and Paper: How Writing Guides Change. This would be a course about how writing has led to social change in history and the present day. I think this would be an interesting course because the power of writing is often greatly overlooked. People don’t typically talk about Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” as the driving factor behind America’s independence, or the undeniable impact of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on the Abolitionist Movement

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Eat. I’ve heard many good things about the food there. Of course I’ll also study in JHU and visit the inner harbor and stuff but that’s trivial.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Writing for literature clubs and school news outlets on campus. I’ve never really found a community of writers before so that’s what I’ll try to find in JHU.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I think of myself as a child of four countries: I’ve lived for ten years in China, two in Bangladesh, two in Turkey, and four in Canada. My experiences with these vastly diverse societies, although not always pleasant, shaped me to be who I am today. I’ve learned many things from people on all walks of life: from Christians to Muslims, from the so called upperclass to refugees. These experiences taught me to see past differences and stereotypes (although that is a rather difficult thing to master; my judgment may still be clouded at times), and to never accept the world as it appears to be, but dare to dream of what it could be (yes that’s an Overwatch quote)

What crazy invention would you love to design? A pod with a computer, a chair that could turn into a bed, complete with every living essentials and unlimited food supply. I’ll just never get out of the pod.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Liu Cixin’s “The Three Body Problem” sparked my love for sci-fi. For me, it’s one of the finest novels of our generation. Read it if you haven’t, seriously. It’s so good.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _______________________” My mother. She was the one who pushed me to apply. Thanks mom! (Even though you probably won’t see this) you’re the best!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) NY times bestselling author. (Is that too big? I’ll be happy if I can be a somewhat accomplished writer at the age of 27)