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Name: Natalia S.

Hometown: Rawa Mazowiecka, Poland

Anticipated Majors and Minors: Undecided (probably Psychology, Business and German)

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? I’ve had this big dream of studying abroad and trying something completely different from what I used to know for a really long time. As I was applying, I was looking for universities that I could like studying at and that had something special about themselves for me. Hopkins instantly caught my attention. It seemed like a place of endless possibilities, with no limitations for our dreams and hopes. A place, where I can be myself, whatever it means to me. Where I can try and taste different things before I find THE thing, my thing. Exactly what I wanted and needed. So I applied and Hopkins was actually the first school to accept me. My dream coming true.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” This quote inspires me to get out of my comfort zone and say “yes” to more things in life, to be brave and reach for my dreams, no matter how scary things seem. These words have led me to some incredible places, amazing people and unbelievable happiness.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Of course study at Hopkins! Besides that, I’m excited to explore all the cultural options in Baltimore.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My family travels a lot – this is our way to spend some meaningful time together and learn to take a step out of our comfort zones. My parents have this way planted a lot of curiosity and bravery in my mind, letting me learn through my own experience that life is difficult sometimes, but really beuatiful. Flexibility, openness, curiosity and bravery that I have learned through our travels are still getting stronger within me and continue leading me towards the exciting unknown – like leaving Poland for Hopkins.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Dream big and never let any fear stop you from reaching for your craziest dreams.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________________” my supportive parents, teachers and counselors and my own stubbornness and hard work.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I think the people. I’m looking forward to new friendships!