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Name: Steven D.

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Anticipated major(s) and minor(s): Biomolecular Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision?
I’ve known about Hopkins for a while, but during the college search I consistently found Hopkins as one of the best science-based educations available to students. The uniquely accessible ability for students to do research at Hopkins also informed my decision to apply Early Decision.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “I go to seek a Great Perhaps” – Francois Rabelais.
These words remind me of the importance of living in the moment. Going to college is one large Perhaps – who I meet, what I’m interested in, and who I become are all unknowable now, so I may as well enjoy the journey as I explore my own Great Perhaps.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students?
Always be sure to have someone else review your writing beyond just you and your college counselor. Having an outside opinion, whether your parents, English teacher, or someone else, will always improve your supplements and essays. But, don’t let them dominate your writing either – let your supplements describe who you are, not who other people think you are. Also, meeting with former students and/or professors at the schools you are applying to always provide new and often overlooked insight. It certainly taught me more about the institutions I applied to.

What crazy invention would you love to design?
This isn’t necessarily crazy, but I’d love to design new forms of nanotechnology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Nanotechnology almost seems like magic to me, with its invisible ability to impact people’s lives for the better.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I can’t wait to meet the diverse population of students and interact with different ways of thinking about the world. I think that understanding outside experiences is essential for a person to truly interact with someone else, and I think that Hopkins provides a perfect community to do so.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life?
I’m cheating a bit because I’m talking about an art exhibit instead of a TV show or book, but Eran Shakine’s MCJ exhibition had a profound impact on how I interact with the world.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ______________________.” High school debate. Debate taught me the research and social skills necessary to thrive at Hopkins, and enabled me to have a better understanding of both domestic and foreign policy decision making. I may not use my in-depth research about the stability of the defense industry’s supply chains at Hopkins, but the process of researching that taught me how to understand the broader world and how I can describe it via my own explanatory capability.