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Name: Maansi B.

Hometown: Brookfield, CT

Anticipated Majors: Biology, psychology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? My aunt studied at Hopkins for her undergrad, so that was my first exposure to the school. I knew the school was incredible, especially since it has so many opportunities in research and biology, which I’ve always been interested in. What finally lead me to apply ED was when I visited the campus and everything felt like it clicked right into place for me!

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I’d like to teach a course I made the name of myself: “The Heterogeneity of a Salad – an Introduction to Learning About Oneself”

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Nevertheless, she persisted.” Life always throws curve balls, and there is no way to prevent that. But, I have the mentality that I’ll get through difficult times if I persist, and I have a painting of this quote in my room to remind me of that.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I think I’m most excited to meet new people at Hopkins! I’ve lived in the same little town my whole life, surrounded by the same people (they’re lovely, though!), so I am really looking forward to forming connections with students from different backgrounds and experiences. Students come from all around the world and across the United States to Hopkins, and I’m hoping to learn from them and form great relationships.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Every year, I help out at a school-wide fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer research. People shave their heads at the event in support of patients and donate their hair. One day, I decided I was going to do it–I was going to push past my limits and shave my head too. The moment was liberating and rewarding, and I got to donate 16 inches of hair! Being able to do that junior year was really special to me, and I’m so thankful I had that opportunity.