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Name: Himanshi S.

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Anticipated Major(s): Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? Back in the 9th grade when I was trying to find universities that are well known for research, I stumbled upon Hopkins. After digging deeper into the coursework and reading blogs about the student experience at Hopkins I was convinced that Hopkins is the best fit for me. The academic rigor, research and collaborative spirit at Hopkins is what stood out for me. I could not stop watching YouTube videos about campus life, reading about on going research and learning what Blue Jays were accomplishing at Hopkins. *blue heart emoji*

Who is the most influential person in your life and why? The most influential person in my life is my maternal grandmother, Dr. Neera Misra. She was a Gynaecologist in Unnao, a small city in Uttar Pradesh. She was very brave and fought gender stereotypes in those times. I have seen her interacting with illiterate patients so calmly. She was very kind and managed to take time out to give back to the community as well.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “If we do not share our stories and shine a light on inequities, things will not change.”—Ellen Pao, Former CEO of Reddit

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I want to be a part of the Model UN Club and Women of Whiting. I also want to get involved in research on campus.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Get on LinkedIn !! Connect with students that are attending your dream university and ask them lots of questions. Do not be afraid to reach out to people.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Tough question, I cannot name one. I have been immensely inspired by the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. It’s one of the main reasons I developed a liking for genetics. A show that has had a lot of impact on me is Rick and Morty. It’s a super interesting science fiction show with the protagonist heavily invested in making his grandson’s main focus science. As far as songs are concerned: The Man by Taylor Swift, This is America by Childish Gambino, and Alright by Kendrick Lamar.

What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation is the closest representation of me as a person. She’s energetic, idealistic, throws herself into every activity she can, and never forgets her goals. Her skills stay at a constant level too: She displays an aptitude for bureaucracy, multi-tasking, and eating waffles.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? I am most excited about meeting new people, getting involved in research, and talking to my professors.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) I am the founder of STEM4Girls and I’m proud of how far the organization has come. I’m also very proud of all the people involved. Starting the organization, I never imagined that it would grow to the extent it has. We have had some amazing accomplished women as guest speakers- Dame Stephanie Shirley, Dr. Laura Helmuth- Editor in chief of Scientific American, Helga Gomes- Biological Oceanographer from Columbia University, Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan- Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Dr. Anees Chagpar- Professor of Surgery- Oncology at Yale University and Clarice Aiello- Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT)- Assistant Professor at UCLA. Our team consists of approximately 55 people and each one of them is dedicated to the cause and has helped in making the organization successful.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Abel Tesfaye, and Calvin Harris.