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FAQ

Name: Maggie Y.

Hometown: Ottawa, Canada

Anticipated Major: Biology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I actually first heard about the Johns Hopkins medical school in Grey’s Anatomy! I started really considering the school in the fall while I was considering my options and after reading about Hopkins, visiting Reddits, and talking to current students, I found myself drawn to the research culture, strong academics, and beautiful campus, so I decided to apply Early Decision!

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Cancer immunotherapy.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m most excited to check out the food scene with friends and visit places like Fells Point and the Inner Harbor.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to get involved in Relay For Life, badminton, and lots of research/biology-related things!

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I moved around a lot as a child (lived in 6 cities, will be 7 next fall!). Living in different countries, especially China, has given me a lot of perspectives on culture and ways of life, which I think has made me more open to change and getting along with different types of people. I’m also super grateful that I learned to speak Mandarin in China!

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? Tony Stark, and I’d get maple/toffee ice cream!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Finishing my residency and maybe ready to start a fellowship in oncology.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin. […] I’m claiming the right to be unhappy. […] I claim them all.” This is a quote from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The first time I read it, I had to sit and think about it for a few minutes before I kept going; I’d never thought about unhappiness this way. I realized that though I may have a lot of problems and stress in my life sometimes, I’m actually privileged to be experiencing life and the discomfort it may bring.