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Name: Taylor G.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Anticipated Majors: Biology/Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply? I discovered Hopkins naturally as I was researching colleges in my junior year, but I fell in love with the school when I visited the campus and attended an overnight. There’s an irresistible electricity on the campus, sparked by all of the unique and passionate students, which made Early Decision an obvious choice. Just being on the campus itself and in the presence of such awesome individuals inspired me and compelled me to pursue knowledge. It’s an honor to be accepted into such an incredible environment!

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “…But I exist! Though I sit alone in a pillar — I exist! I see the sun, and if I don’t see the sun, I know it’s there. And there’s a whole life in that, in knowing that the sun is there.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This quote summarizes the human existence. If ever we feel alone or inactive, sitting on a pillar in life, we need only look to the sun. The sun is an eternal, constant promise – it is there whether we choose to see it or not. The universe has entrusted you with this unique position, this unique time, this unique perspective so you must live and live fully! We exist; we are the universe reflecting upon itself. We are one, we are never alone, and most importantly we are alive. So go and pursue self-reflection, meditate upon the fascinations of this world, and change it.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Eat! I hear the food is amazing.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Yo-Yo Ma’s “The Arc of Life” is the most beautiful album I have ever listened to. Beginning and ending with Ave Maria, it traces through the entire human life through a series of classical songs, played by (of course) a cello and a piano. Each song is a stage of human growth.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? I aspire to be the living Anna Karenina of Leo Tolstoy, but of course she is irreplicable. So in reality, Stephen Dedalus from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. He is pursuing his best version of himself, however rocky the road may be, and I hope to do the same. He is on a journey of artistic expression, and although he falls and fails many times throughout his Icarus-like journey, he reaches freedom.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am excited to be in an environment where so many unique people congregate and share experiences, insight, culture. I can’t wait to learn and grow with them.

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? Kurt Vonnegut. What a cool guy. Knowing him, we’d probably get some off the wall flavor like pickle.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for ______________________” My parents and the countless individuals (Maya Angelou, Rachel Carson, Greta Thunerg etc.) who inspire me day to day.