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Name: Het P.

Hometown: Plainfield, IN

Anticipated Major(s): Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I discovered Hopkins when I was 13 years old around the time when I got into High School and decided that I wanted to pursue a medical degree. Hopkins is a leading institution for research and for science and technologies, which coupled with the fact that my mentor spoke highly about the university quickly rose to my dream school. I applied ED because I knew that I would be in an environment where I could explore my passions and it was my first choice by a longshot.

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My mom is the most influential person in my life because I have watched her for the last 17 years go through life with her head held high. There have been times where she has gotten to the peak and then started over from the bottom but she does not let it drag her down permanently. She had taught me so much and most of all she has built me up to the man I am now.

If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!)? If I could teach one class at Hopkins I would honestly love to teach Political Philosophy. Even though it is completely separate from my field I have a keen interest in the matter.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Life is about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” is a quote that I personally don’t remember who actually said it but I do have it ingrained within my head as it means to me that there will always be something that will be clouding your life, something that will serve as the obstacle, but you need to be resilient and learn to embrace the challenges and the changes to overcome and succeed.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) After 10 years, I have no idea in reality where I will be but I know that I see myself getting into the Neurosurgery residency at Johns Hopkins. Yes it is pretty impossible, but a man can dream! I have made many versions of my 10 year plan but they all end up with me as a doctor and I plan on doing everything in my power to make that come true.