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Name: Aracely L.

Hometown: Severn, MD

Anticipated Major(s): Public Health

Anticipated Minor(s): Spanish

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? The way I discovered Hopkins was a blur, as I had known bits and pieces of the nearby institution and medical facilities since I was a child. However, when I began researching–the what it seemed an infinite amount of colleges and universities–I realized that only Hopkins would allow a variety of opportunities that I could see myself wholeheartedly doing. My interests focus on health, however I wanted to be in a place where I could explore different areas of myself while still pursuing my passion. Thus, choosing to apply Early Decision I seemed like the perfect option for me, as I was hoping to eventually call this nest my home.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? Without a doubt, my younger sister Lizbeth. She impressively handles anything that is thrown at her which pushes me to always put in 100% effort.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I would like to teach about the effects of music in the brain, so a class that mixes both music and neuroscience.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”—Helen Keller. This quote describes one of the most indescribable feelings, specifically the one where it feels like there are good butterflies in your stomach. It means a lot to me since I always try to find those things in life that give me that indescribable feeling.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I have visited Baltimore a few times, so I am most excited to show my Hopkins friends around the city. Hopefully they will enjoy my inner ‘tour guide’ persona.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to be involved in the admissions and outreach process of Hopkins so I can share some of my personal experiences to prospective students. I also would like to get involved in music in whichever direction that could lead to. I think both of those experiences would help me get out of my comfort zone.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? My parents say that I would ask billions of questions as a child (yes, even “why is the sky blue?”). As I grew older, my intellectual curiosity has shaped me to become a person that instinctively responds with the word “why”. I find myself to never grow bored of learning, in fact the idea of stopping learning terrifies me.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Do not doubt yourself. You deserve to be at a college that welcomes you and challenges you to become the best version of yourself, so do not be afraid to put yourself out there and give it all you’ve got!

What crazy invention would you love to design? A communication network similar to the Internet in theory, but with a completely different atmosphere.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? The song “Everglow” by Coldplay. It is lyrically brilliant as it is painful.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Honey Lemon from the film “Big Hero 6.”

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I would definitely say research! I do not have much exposure around this area so I am really excited to dive into it and explore its endless possibilities.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Winning the science fair in third grade. I was super stoked.

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? I would get coffee flavored ice cream with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My parents. Every time I would take out Hopkins from my “College List” my mother would always put it back. She knew I wanted to attend this university, but I always doubted myself. My father would also remind me to apply to Hopkins during the most random times of the day.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) In 10 years I see myself working in a medical or research facility. Although I am unsure which position I would be working in, I know for fact that I will be singing Christmas carols to my coworkers in the hallways during the holiday season. I would also like to be settled in with a cat.