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Name: Chenshuo Y.

Hometown: Jinan, China

Anticipated Major(s): Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? As a student who loves scientific research and hopes to explore the mysteries of life, Hopkins is undoubtedly my first choice. I still remember four years ago when I first studied in an immunology lab and my professor said to me, “If you want to explore life sciences, be sure to apply for JHU.” Since then, JHU’s rigorous academic attitude and shining scientific research achievements have inspired me to forge ahead towards her all the time. I have always regarded JHU as my dream school, and I didn’t even think about going to other schools. Therefore, I chose to apply ED without hesitation.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) I will definitely teach Eastern Asia Studies! As a Chinese, I am personally very fond of traditional Eastern Asia cultures, architecture and clothing. I hope to bring these beauty to the world and try to pass it on.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? As a big fan of JHU, “Veritas vos liberabit” could be my favorite sentence. It reminds me to strive for truth all the time and gain freedom from truth.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I can’t wait to walk around in Baltimore. Exploring a city that is totally different from my hometown and learning the history and stories of this city will make me super happy.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I hope to participate in scientific research, social volunteer service, as well as some psychological and cultural clubs. Of course, if there is party, I’ll definitely get involved in.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? It is very important to choose the school that is really right for you! Do not apply for a school because of its ranking or reputation. Instead, we must make sure that our four years at this school will be happy, fulfilling, and memorable.

What crazy invention would you love to design? I wanted to design a “full-dive” device. That is, to disconnect the brain from the body and connect the brain entirely to the virtual computer world. People can then “live” in the virtual world, do what they want and meet the people they love. I think this will be the best comfort for some people who are suffering from terminal cancer. They won’t feel pain anymore, and they can be very happy in the rest days of their life.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am most excited to learn what I am interested in and to participate in scientific research, as well as to collaborate with people from all over the world with different cultural backgrounds.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I set up a charity club called Apricity, which provides free classes for children with cerebral palsy in our city. Every time I see smiles on these kids’ faces, I’m sure it’s my proudest thing.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My determination and ambition to explore the mysteries of life.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I wish I could be in a neuroscience lab, doing my favorite research, digging deeper into the mysteries of life, consciousness, and philosophy.