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Name: Zoe X.

Hometown: China

Anticipated Major: Natural Science Undecided

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? With profound passion in biology research, I first learned about Hopkins as it publishes numerous journals. I later decided to apply Early Decision after visiting the campus during my sophomore year. The excitement and warmth shown by students made Jhu feel like a place I belong.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My father since he has always been encouraging me to explore different things.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers. —Carl Sandburg

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen taught me to shed the pressure of catering to others’ expectations and work on shaping my own values, goals, and roles while maintaining an open mind for fluidity and change. The book resonated with me as I learned to retain my cultural values and roots while appreciating the opportunity to absorb perspectives divergent from mine. It is through weaving together a multitude of experiences that empowers me to view life through a kaleidoscopic prism.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person?  Doraemon