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Name: Sayuni Dharmasena

Hometown: College Station, Texas

Anticipated Majors: Double Major in Biomedical Engineering and Writing Seminars

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I began my college search with two criteria in mind-I wanted a place where I could both write to my heart’s content and spend days in the lab, studying biology and medicine. It wasn’t long before I stumbled upon Johns Hopkins, and quickly realized that it was more than some faraway place where medical miracles happened-instead, the university was a future possibility, a promise of success. When I visited Johns Hopkins last year, something just clicked. It’s hard to explain, but everything called to me, especially the enthusiastically nerdy students. And as an avid consumer of all things writing and science, I was incredibly happy to learn that Johns Hopkins encouraged students to follow their passion through double majors. It was a perfect fit-I never even considered applying ED to another university.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My mother, who dropped out of her Masters program and sacrificed it all to raise me. I owe my success to her, and I hope I can make her proud.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would teach a class that emphasizes the connection between science and the general public. I think as humans, we need to be more empathetic, and a foolproof way of fostering such sentiments is for the scientific and social spheres to communicate more effectively.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m looking forward to working in a lab. It would be so amazing to work on pressing real-world problems, all while rocking a white lab coat.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old, and I don’t want to stop anytime soon. Hopefully, I can join one of the super cool dance teams on campus!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Don’t try to spread yourself too thin. Instead of joining every club and extracurricular to ever exist, focus on a few that really interest you and invest in them fully. Dedication to your passions is much more impressive (and fun!) than a cluttered and superficial list of random activities.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Go Big Or Go Home by American Authors

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Hermione Granger, of course-while she was flawed, she still managed to be an excellent student, play an essential part in the Golden Trio, and fight for the rights of all discriminated people and creatures.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Like most high schoolers, I’m excited for the prospect of more freedom while still being incredibly safe. At Johns Hopkins, there are so many opportunities for me to follow my passions and meet new people, and I’m just really pumped to expand my horizons.

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? I would get Butterscotch ice cream (duh) with Emma Watson (also duh).