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Name: Eli F.

Hometown: Wichita, KS

Anticipated Major(s): Public Health

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I discovered Hopkins at an early age. While receiving chemotherapy for a rare blood disease I was diagnosed with in Kindergarten, I watched the movie Gifted Hands and instantly became fascinated with Ben Carson’s story. I identified with what he had gone through as a child to get where he is today, and his connection to JHU made it clear to me that if Dr. Carson wanted to be a part of that community then I definitely did too. I chose to apply ED because I will be playing baseball at JHU and I knew that it was a perfect fit.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”—Phillipians 2:14. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned throughout my limited 18 years of experience alive is the importance of how you respond to any situation. As we’ve all seen in the past year, so much is truly out of our control. One way or the other, it’s not about what happens to you but rather what you do after (either good or bad) that reveals a person’s character.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Explore the city, try new things, and learn about experiences I haven’t grown up accustomed to.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Everything will come about naturally as you discover your perfect fit, so enjoy what it takes and simply do what you need to do in the time frame that is required. For athletes, prioritize academics before athletics. When you no longer play competitive sports, the knowledge you’ve gained from a challenging education will continue on.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Building lifelong bonds with those involved on the baseball team and beyond, as well as further discovering how my interests and motivations apply to the real-world.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Captain America.

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? Tom Brady, strawberry milkshake.

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’ profound impact on who I’ve become along with their undivided support and assistance.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) Doing research on various ways to alleviate unnecessary suffering in the world (such as a lack of access to proper medicine in developing countries), and also performing research on topics that the human race hasn’t quite been able to figure out (such as the cure to cancer)!