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Name: Samuel S.

Hometown: Mahwah, New Jersey

Anticipated Majors: Cognitive Science/ Spanish

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I knew of Hopkins, but I did not actually think of it as an actual school until 7th grade. I attended Johns Hopkins CTY in the 4th grade, but never really got to think that it was an actual college. I just thought that it was the name of the program. It wasn’t until I began to see famous alumni like Virginia Apgar and Rachel Carson appear in my textbooks for biology and EMT. Choosing Hopkins as my early decision school was no question because I knew I wanted to be surrounded by people who share similar passions and have ideas that could potentially change the world. I also wanted to be at a university that could offer me countless of research opportunities, as Hopkins being the first American research institution.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My parents, as they told me to never give up on my dreams and encouraged me to pursue my passions

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? When you realise other people’s success or happiness takes nothing away from your potential in those categories, life gets amazing. -Gary Vaynerchuk

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My passion for the Spanish language all came from my mother. Once I found out that she lived in Argentina for 8 years, I felt the love of Spanish begin to manifest in my life. That is where my love for Spanish culture began, and I hope that I get to continue my studies in Spanish in college!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Do something you are passionate about. Do not let anyone influence you in terms of what you want to do or where you want to go. Do not feel forced to do something, but rather explore your interests and ambitions.

What crazy invention would you love to design? An invention that can take one drop of blood and test you for a ton of various illnesses and diseases (a successful version of Elizabeth Holmes’ THE EDISON)

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Taking classes from world-renowned professors and researchers leading in their field of study.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Interpreting for my team when I went on my mission trip to Costa Rica.

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? Barack Obama and I would be eating mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _______________________.” my parents, friends, and love for Spanish.