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Name: Gabriel D.

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Anticipated Major(s): Neuroscience and Medicine, Science & Humanities

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I’ve known Hopkins ever since I could remember. As a child I enjoyed reading about scientific and medical advancements and I could not help but notice that the name “Johns Hopkins” popped up frequently. I am delighted to be part of the Class of 2025 of the “University of the Curious” as I believe it has all of the aspects that will make me happy and allow me to succeed in the modern world. From the incredible research opportunities offered once a student sets foot on campus to the community’s efforts to build an inclusive and collaborative environment lie many other qualities that embody what I think a great university is. I couldn’t be more certain that applying early was the right decision and I look forward to the build/partake in memorable experiences alongside people with similar interests from completely different backgrounds. See you in the fall!

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Happiness is not the destination, it’s the way.” I believe that this quote is very powerful and discusses a topic that I believe to be very important in this day in age. I believe that most people under the misconception that happiness should be a goal in life, that if you work hard and play by all the rules you will find happiness at the end of the tunnel, however, that may not be the case. Happiness should not be a long-term goal you strive for. Happiness is something you should live and that will take you to the places you must go in life. Happiness is the way, not the destination.

How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I am confident that my family background and life experiences have shaped me enormously. Although I was born in Houston, Texas, I was raised by wonderful Peruvian parents with Italian and Spanish routes in Peru and Guatemala were I attended international schools with 75+ nationalities. Furthermore, I consider myself to be a passionate scientist and gay student-athlete (swimming). Being different can be scary but I treasure every second of my life because I would not be who I am today without my experiences. Living abroad and attending an international school taught me to appreciate different cultures. Being gay molded me into a stronger and more resilient person with sensitivity and empathy towards others. Developing a passion for science made me inquisitive and open minded. I believe that my background and interests are very diverse and I would be in big trouble if I was split into different categories. That is one of the reasons why I decided to attend Hopkins. Here, every interest-culture-identity combination is welcomed and embraced.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for the support of my wonderful teachers, friends, and family that motivated me daily and allowed me to believe that I can contribute by making a change in the world we live in.