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Name: Noah T.

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Anticipated Majors: Peabody Dual Degree: Vocal Performance and Biology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Hopkins when I first toured in the Fall of 2018. I was just beginning to understand what college is, and everything still seemed so daunting about the experience. All I knew was that I wanted a community of learners that was as passionate as I was, and when I toured Hopkins, that’s exactly what I found. I applied Early Decision in hopes of joining this community and to pursue my interest in the Hopkins and Peabody dual degree program. The great thing about Hopkins is that I don’t have to sacrifice my artistic or academic interests. Instead, Hopkins challenges me to pursue them both and become the best I can possibly be.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Angels In America: The Millenium Shift in American Culture and Politics

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? I’m not nearly qualified to provide this advice, but if I had to make one recommendation, it would be to find a school that reflects your interests, and your interests alone. Today, there are so many external pressures (friends, family, etc.) that can affect your college search and sway your opinions. Do your best to block these pestering voices out and think deep down about what YOU want. This is your process, and no one else’s. P.S. Don’t leave a supplement until the night before. Just trust me on this one.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I fell in love with the story in middle school, and I have reread it too many times to count since. I love Atticus’ ideology of walking in someone else’s shoes, putting empathy first. Atticus listens to simply listen, not to respond. I try to model his sensitivity everyday, and I hope that one day I can be half as compassionate as he is.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? To hear more stories. Hopkins is such a diverse community of opinions, people, and talents that there must be endless stories to be shared and endless late night conversations about the purpose of life. I’m excited to listen.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Hopefully France. As Gertrude Stein once said, ““America is my country, and Paris is my home town.”