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Name: Angela T.

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Anticipated Major(s): Biophysics

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I discovered Hopkins through my initial visit on campus, which led me to apply for the HOME Program. I applied ED because I really enjoyed this opportunity to remotely interact with Hopkins’ diverse and inspiring community of scholars.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would totally teach a made-up class dealing with biographies of writers and their works (or something like that). I just love reading some crazy old books and then finding out that the author was 10x weirder in real life. Good stuff!

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to get involved in cultural events and any kind of food/cooking group.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I, much like John Mulaney, was raised by two lawyers. As a result, I was well prepared for my English class debates, only because I know the danger of making a claim with no cited evidence. Besides that, my parents come from very different backgrounds and have given me the opportunity to know their unique perspectives. I learned about hard-work and perseverance from my Mom’s journey as an immigrant minority female leader. As a quiet and thoughtful guy, my Dad taught me how to slow down and adopt an analytical approach to life.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Search based on what’s important to you. That sounds simple, but it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re really looking for in all the craziness.

What crazy invention would you love to design? Caffeine without the side effects. I love coffee/espresso and barista-ing but the withdraws are just not worth it. *Decaf doesn’t count because it needs to wake you up like caffeine.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Hate to make this a personality trait, cause I was definitely THAT kid in middle school, but name a better series—you can’t. In eighth grade, I brought a fake beard, a cloak, and a wooden axe into class to recite Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold (which I already had memorized, duh) for English extra credit—all I can say is my grade looked great after that class. Since then, I have re-read The Hobbit 6 times and have successfully coined myself as the resident Tolkien-nerd.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I beat a former Navy Seal at laser tag once in their back yard… that was my peak and I will never be over it.