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Name: Jack W.

Hometown: Westlake, OH

Anticipated major(s) and minor(s): Chemistry (Pre-Med)

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision?
I have a cousin who is a current med school student and I visited over the summer, and absolutely loved the school and surrounding area. As a kid from Northeast Ohio, Johns Hopkins is not a super popular place for kids to go to college, but the school has just about all I could ever want in a college experience. The access to research opportunities, beautiful campus, vibrant and unique city life in Baltimore, and the overall feel of Hopkins led me to choose to apply Early Decision. I want to be able to explore the world and learn how people live outside of the small community I have grown up in, and I know that Hopkins will provide me with the opportunity to do this and meet many new scholars, friends, and mentors!

Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
My dad has had a greater impact on me than any other person. He has taught me invaluable life skills, always stressing that being a good person comes before all else in this world. The most important lesson he ever taught me is to not give up and keep going; he always says that if you start something it is your duty to stick it out and finish the task.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you?
“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying” — Anthony Robbins. This quote means a lot to me and I believe it holds a deep message. Although there will be failures that we all experience and there will be times where it seems as if nothing is going in our favor, we are still making a greater effort than those who give up and are not doing anything. It is important to be persistent and not get bothered by a few failures or rejections, because eventually things will come together and all of the hard work and effort will pay off.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore?
Meet new people, try new food, live by the ocean, go to sporting events, and learn more about the world!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students?
Start early but don’t stress too much because there’s so much more to high school and being a teenager than school and college. I know it’s important but you’re only young once and you only get to be in high school once so enjoy it while you can. Always think about college, and make sure that you really get a good feel for a school before you commit to spending the next few years of your life there.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________________.”
Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Patton. All my teachers were phenomenal at their job and will have lasting impacts on my life but these two were some of the most impactful people I have ever met. From learning AP Biology to AP Government to having deep talks about life and the way the world works, I can’t thank these two men enough for their everlasting advice and support. They helped me look at the world in a different way, opening my eyes up to new opportunities and keeping me open-minded. They encouraged me to not get tunnel-vision and to always keep my eyes open for new beginnings and ideas and to go with the flow, not getting too stressed out or anxious over the little things.