Name: Jack P.
Hometown: Brick, NJ
Anticipated Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I was touring schools in the area with my friends and we all picked one, this was my best friend’s choice and once we visited, I fell in love.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why? My father, since a very young age he has been working full time to support a family. He married my mom at 20 years old and they are still together 38 years later. He has been a great inspiration to me and helped make me the man I am today.
If you could teach one class at Hopkins, what would it be? (already exists or invented by you!) The Life and Writings of CS Lewis.
Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” (CS Lewis) This helps remind me that the future holds a great amount of possibilities, and there is never a time where there is not something to be excited about.
What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? I’m very excited to train at the Gracie Academy for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I started training recently and it is incredibly challenging, humbling and rewarding.
What do you hope to get involved in on campus? Catholic clubs, service groups, and intramural sports.
How has your family background or life experiences shaped you? I am the youngest of 4 kids, and my family has always been incredibly supportive and inspiring my whole life.
What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Ask questions about the things you are interested in, don’t just leave it to the presenter to give you the information you want to know about a school or program.
What crazy invention would you love to design? A heated blanket, but it detects your body temp and regulates itself so you stay at the right temperature all night and don’t get too hot or cold. It will also cool itself with instant ice pack technology so you can use it in the summer too.
What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Othello. Not necessarily the play, but reading it with my sophomore English teacher was incredible bc he loved Shakespeare so much, so it really opened me up to beautiful literature.
What fictional character do you most relate to or most closely represents you as a person? I’d like to say James Bond, but I’d be lying. Probably Jon Snow in Game of Thrones or something like that.
What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? Being around so many incredible students and faculty and facilities. It’s so exciting that I will have some of the smartest people in the world at my fingertips everyday.
What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) Having such an amazing relationship with my girlfriend, Avie. We’ve known each other for so long and we have both worked so hard to be the best for each other.
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? CS Lewis, and I would get as much as I could possibly afford so I could have as much time to talk with him as possible. He had a very tragic life, and the works he created were nothing short of brilliant, so I’d love to ask him questions about them and have him explain them in person.
Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My second grade teacher, Mrs. Troncone. I remember when I was in second grade, I was smart enough to do the work, but I would never want to. We each had folders with two sides, “Doing” and “Done” and we’d put all our worksheets in one side or the other, and every couple of days she’d take the worksheets out of the done side and grade them. One day, around thanksgiving or Christmas, she told everyone we were going to play a game, but you could only participate if you had nothing left in your “Doing” side. I was the only student with anything left, and I must have had 20-30 papers in my folder (it was probably closer to 5-10, but my imagination is most likely exaggerating). So Mrs. Troncone looked at my folder and looked disappointed and told me I had to keep working on my worksheets until I finished them all before I could play. So I worked all day, and then went home and finished every single one at my kitchen table. Since then, I have never left an assignment for more than a few days, and without Mrs. Troncone, I would not be the student I am today.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) I’d like to be married and maybe have a child on the way, and I’d like to work at a big company in the research and development department, hopefully SpaceX or NASA, or some other group doing generation defining work.