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Name: Sydney D.

Hometown: Rockville Centre

Anticipated Majors: Chemistry, biology, neuroscience, pre-med

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? I had Hopkins on my list of schools to apply to and when I toured I absolutely fell in love with the school and I felt that it was where I wanted to go so I applied early decision.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? The most influential person in my life is probably my dance teacher, Ms. Lauren. She has taught me respect, discipline, obviously how to be a great dancer, and so much more. Also, the way she goes through life and the way she carries herself is very inspiring. She also introduces me to things, such as music, that I never would have found on my own.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to dance on campus. Either I will join a group or just take class. I also would like to continue pursuing my interest in music, so I would like to join a music ensemble.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The song mikrokosmos has had a profound influence on my life. BTS as a whole has inspired me in so many ways, especially with their message of learning to love yourself. Mikrokosmos talks about how one person in the world of so many people can seem so small, but can also be so meaningful.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I’m so excited to pursue interests that I may not have been able to pursue in high school. I’m also very excited to meet new friends with different backgrounds and experience new things at Hopkins and in Baltimore.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _________________________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins If it weren’t for my family and friends. Every single person in my life has pushed me to be the best I can be and has encouraged me to pursue my dreams. They have all also helped me overcome any challenges that I faced and have been there for me through everything.