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Name: Sophia B.

Hometown: Menlo Park, CA

Anticipated Majors: Writing Seminars and Classics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? The incredible writing seminars major within such a STEM-oriented environment really excited me. I loved that the university created such strong programs in a variety of fields, and I wanted to become a member of the motivated, passionate community.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My grandma amazes me everyday. After being a house painter for most of her adult life, she was able to go to law school (and graduated in 2007!). Now a judge, she reminds me each day that it is never too late to try anything, and I hope to emulate her confidence and work ethic in all that I do.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Ballet! I currently dance pre-professionally, and I’m excited to find opportunities to continue to take technique classes. I’d also love to become involved with some extracurricular writing groups.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. The simplistic style coupled with an insane use of pathetic fallacy suddenly made me love writing. From this book, I gained a sort of respect for the immense capacity of the language, and I constantly find myself returning to Hemingway as a literary guide.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I have competed in the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix for the past few years. Even though I never won anything or even got close, it was incredible to be able to do ballet alongside some of the most amazing and accomplished dancers from around the world.

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? mint chocolate chip with Carrie A. Nation

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) English professor!