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Name: Sheila I.

Hometown: Great Falls, Virginia

Anticipated Majors: Biomedical Engineering (double majoring in computer science)

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I first discovered Hopkins when I came for a Quizbowl tournament. I really liked the beautiful campus and elegant buildings. I learned more about the university when I came for a tour and information session. I was given the wonderful opportunity of interning with Dr. Ben Langmead of the JHU CS Department after meeting him at a conference. Working with him and PhD students in his lab who were experts in their field made my love for learning stronger. It was Hopkins’ dedication to research and studious academic environment that convinced me that Hopkins was the best Early Decision choice for me.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Biomedical Engineering Society and research, Hopkins Feminist Club, Medhacks, and Applying Science with Kids

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? Both my parents immigrated to the United States to try to achieve the great American Dream. Through hard work and dedication, they have made successful lives for themselves. I am most grateful for them instilling in me the importance of education and curiosity and for always pushing me to achieve and learn more.

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? Ellen DeGeneres. I would get coffee ice cream with Heath Bar topping.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ______________________.” my mom.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I see myself as a successful MD-PhD, serving as a pediatric oncologist while simultaneously leveraging computer science to improve diagnosis and promote cancer treatment.