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Name: Shamtej R.

Hometown: Commack, NY

Anticipated Major: Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I discovered Hopkins on a family road trip to DC and immediately fell in love with the environment and the people that I met. After learning about all the great research that was happening at Hopkins, I thought it would be perfect.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My grandfather. He taught me a lot of things about myself and the people around me. His lessons got me through high school and should get me through any rough times I have in the future.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) Slangology 101: A crash course in the jiggiest 21st century terms

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “straight chillin’.” I use this when I’m stressed because it reminds me that if I tackle problems one step at a time, I’ll have no trouble. It also reminds me that stressing out about things is no fun compared to just chilling.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Meet new people. I love exchanging names, hanging out and learning what makes new friends special.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to do research, fence, and join a few clubs.

What crazy invention would you love to design? A self tying turban would be nice.

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? Kermit the frog, pistachio