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Name: Izzy N.

Hometown: Eastham, MA

Anticipated Major(s): International Studies with a focus on Environmental Studies/Policy

Anticipated Minor(s): Spanish

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? When embarking upon my college search process, I looked into schools that offered strong programs in my academic interests. Hopkins promised a robust international studies program, and I was drawn to the university because of it. Coming from the natural oasis that is Cape Cod, however, I always thought that I would spend my college years up in the mountains or surrounded by rural farmlands. I never thought that a school in the city would be the place for me, but after stepping onto the Homewood campus and sensing the energy, passion, and promise of progress, I knew that I wanted to be a part of such a stimulating atmosphere.

I decided to apply ED not only because of this excitement that I felt about the undeniable culture and values of Hopkins, but because of the interdisciplinary approach to academics. I have a wide variety of interests, and for Hopkins to allow me to pursue any and all of these interests while working towards my intended career path was incredibly appealing. Beyond that, the sheer amount of support and opportunities that are available to myself and fellow students is incredible–Hopkins truly gives you the necessary tools to pursue your dreams, achieve your goals, and inspire change.

What do you hope to get involved in on campus? I am passionate about sustainability, so I hope to get involved with Real Food Hopkins and the Sustainable Hopkins Innovative Projects on campus. Additionally, I’d love to work in the garden at the Blue Jay’s Perch and adventure with Outdoor Pursuits! To write for the News-Letter would be an amazing avenue for me to pursue my love of writing and get to know my Hopkins community in the process. There are so many opportunities available, and I cannot wait to get involved!

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “What’s comin’ will come an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”—Rubeus Hagrid. Hagrid’s words from “The Goblet of Fire” have comforted me in more ways than my nine-year-old Harry Potter-infatuated self could have anticipated. This quote speaks of grace and the art of letting go—something that took me a long time to accept (I still have a long way to go!). When times become stressful or pressures overwhelm me, I am humbled by the understanding that I can only control so much—the rest will come and go when it does. To do my best is all that I can, and anything after will happen as it is meant to. Accepting this truth, rather than perseverating over the unknown, allows me to live in the moment and appreciate every day for what it is. When challenges arise, I face them head on with the understanding that they, too, will pass in time.

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Follow your heart. It sounds cliche, yes, but oftentimes throughout this daunting admissions process we can get caught up in the pressures of our peers, our teachers, or our family members. Ultimately, this process is about YOU and finding where YOU will be most comfortable and ready to succeed, so it is crucial to stay true to your interests and to follow your instincts. At the end of the day, choose the school that empowers you, that inspires you, and that you can truly see yourself walking away from with the ability to influence and positively change the surrounding world.