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Name: Lia S.

Hometown: Miami, FL

Anticipated Majors: Molecular & Cellular Biology and Anthropology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? I grew up hearing my Cuban grandparents tell stories about their experiences as professors in medical schools, so from a young age I knew that Hopkins is an internationally recognized prestigious research university. Throughout my academic career, I frequently used Hopkins studies as sources. In the International Baccalaureate program, I conducted several research papers of my own and referenced Hopkins investigations yet again. When I last visited Hopkins for the HOME fly-in program, I witnessed the perfect overlap of my passions for both science and cultural experiences in healthcare on campus. The student body was extremely welcoming, friendly, and supportive which instilled a sense of confidence in my ability to succeed here. I greatly value the unique opportunity to be involved in medical breakthroughs and ongoing research at JHU.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) “The Biology of Illustration and Cognition”, a course that explores the relationship between chemical imbalances in the brain that influence artistic expression through human perception of emotion.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” This quote by Marie Curie

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Visit museums and the aquarium!

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? To start, the Cuban American Undergraduate Students Association so I can meet other students coming from a similar background and bond over traditional food, games, and movies!

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Being born in Cuba, thinking that my life could have been more challenging inspires me; I value every opportunity that my family in the Caribbean does not have to make their sacrifices worthwhile.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Listen to your heart and apply to schools that value their student body and make you feel at home!

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? I watched all of Grey’s Anatomy and this show drives my motivation to become a doctor. It showed me that it is possible to have an entertaining social and family life while working as a surgeon.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am most excited to be surrounded by trailblazers in the field I will pursue and the opportunity to study alongside other students from around the world. I am looking forward to getting involved in research and extracurriculars that allow me to give back to communities in Baltimore and beyond.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I am most proud of my hard work in high school paying off and granting me admission to JHU!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself as a pediatrics or an obstetrics and gynecology resident at a hospital while pursuing interests in nonprofit healthcare organizations.